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Chile

A thin ribbon of land, Chile extends nearly 2,900 miles along South America’s west coast and borders Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Its southernmost territory ends where the Atlantic and Pacific meet.

  • Population: 17,464,800
  • Life Expectancy: 80 years
  • Access to Safe Water: 99%
  • School Enrollment: 93%
  • Land Mass: 291,932 sq. mi.
  • Literacy Rate: 99%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 9/1000
  • Average Annual Income (GNI): 14,280

Facts about Chile

Economic Development

Chile has a large income gap. The richest 10 percent of the population has an income nine times higher than that of the poorest 10 percent. This lack of equity reflects itself in enormous differences in the availability and quality of education, health, and housing. About 14 percent of Chile’s population still lives below the poverty line.

Education

A gap also exists between the quality of education in public and private schools. According to the United Nations, about two-thirds of primary school pupils — most in rural areas — do not have access to quality education, including a lack of textbooks and bilingual education for indigenous children.

Disaster Response

In February 2010, a magnitude-8.8 earthquake and several large tsunamis rocked central and southern Chile, killing hundreds of people and affecting thousands more.

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Progress in Chile

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2014.

  • We worked with local partners to provide trainings for children and parents on child rights, child protection, and abuse prevention in order to create a safe environment for children.

  • Children and adolescents attended a variety of sessions we offered to help them develop and strengthen their social skills, spiritual values, and leadership gifts.

  • Local sheep farmers and beekeepers have been trained in order to manage their production and increase their income. We provided materials such as fencing and machinery, and worked with the farmers to identify new markets and create effective selling strategies.

  • We partnered with local churches to improve the lives of children and their families and to teach about responsibility, leadership, self-esteem, and the surpassing love of Jesus Christ.

  • Volunteers and community members have been trained to identify child rights violations and report them to local authorities. Special efforts have been made to raise awareness about sexual abuse and violence prevention.

  • Children participated in local child rights clubs where they learned about their rights to education, healthcare, and protection, and were trained on how to advocate for themselves and their peers.

  • Through the implementation of Peer to Peer tutoring, children tutors have supported students in language and mathematics so that they can improve their academic performance. Adolescents are engaged and participate in activities that allows them to develop life and vocational skills

  • Local leaders have participated in workshops on child protection and community advocacy. They improved their skills in first aid and timely intervention in issues in schools and their community. Children are actively involved in groups in order to be participants of decision making processes in their communities through the design and management of recreational and educational projects.

  • World Vision partnered with local churches to improve the lives of children and their families and to teach about responsibility, leadership, self-esteem, and the surpassing love of Jesus Christ.

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    World Vision in Chile Today

    World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Chile to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 6,400 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Chile. These efforts include:

    • Creating healthy and safe schools by reducing bullying and promoting effective tactics for conflict resolution.
    • Improving children’s education by creating programs to strengthen their training in math, Spanish, and English.
    • Ensuring children are healthy by having them go for checkups and making sure they are receiving the proper vaccinations.

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    World Vision History in Chile

    World Vision started operating in Chile in 1980 but had child sponsorship programs years earlier within the country in 1961. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments include:

    • Providing indigenous groups in southern Chile (particularly the Mapuche people) with agricultural training, land restoration, income generation, and sanitation since the 1970s.
    • Offering vocational training to families of sponsored children during the 1980s, increasing their incomes and enabling them to become self-sufficient.
    • Assisting Chileans affected by natural disasters such as heavy floods, snowstorms, volcano eruptions, and earthquakes since 1980, providing them with blankets, water, food, shelter, seeds, and other tools to rebuild their lives.
    • Focusing on women’s education, child healthcare, vocational training, and economic development since 2005.

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    Geography & People

    Geography and people

    A thin ribbon of land, Chile extends nearly 2,900 miles along South America’s west coast and borders Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Its southernmost territory ends where the Atlantic and Pacific meet.

    Variety defines Chile’s climate and terrain, which include deserts in the north, mountains in the east, and glaciers and fjords in the south. A fertile valley runs in the center of the country. Natural resources include copper, iron ore, precious metals, timber, and hydropower.

    Over 80 percent of Chile’s population lives in urban areas, with more than a third living in the capital, Santiago. Most Chileans are either of European descent or a mix of Amerindian and European ancestry. Most speak Spanish, the official language, with the exception of some indigenous groups who have retained their own languages.

    Single mothers head almost one-fourth of Chile’s families and face great difficulty in providing for their children. They often work as fruit pickers, maids, or artisans and earn meager wages.

    History

    Chile was originally inhabited by both the Incas in the north and the nomadic Mapuches in the south. During the 1500s, the Spanish and other Europeans began settling throughout the country.

    Chile won its independence in 1818 after Spanish forces were defeated by Bernardo O’Higgins and José de San Martin. O’Higgins ruled as dictator until 1823 when he was forced to resign. Democratic government elections continued until the 1970s.

    The 1970s and 1980s were a period of instability, with a failed attempt at democracy, a struggling economy, and a violent dictatorship. Since Chile’s government returned to democracy in 1990, the country has improved its status as a stable, democratic nation.

    In February 2010, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and several large tsunamis rocked central and southern Chile, killing hundreds of people and affecting thousands more.

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    Prayer Requests for Chile

    • Please pray that the gap between the rich and poor would close so everyone has access to health, education, and housing.
    • Pray also for people who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake as they continue rebuilding their lives.