Ongoing turmoil and economic decline in Venezuela since 2014 have driven more than 7.7 million people from the country in search of food, work, and better living conditions. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it’s also brought out their hospitable spirit. Learn how World Vision is supporting children and families across the region impacted by the Venezuela crisis.
Why World Vision is in Chile
Chile’s economy continues to be strong, but poverty still affects many of its citizens. Child protection is at the forefront of national concern. In 2017, it was found that hundreds of children had died from negligence in centers run by the national child protection service —the very place abandoned and mistreated boys and girls should be cared for. But an important win came with a new law that tightens child protection measures. More than 200,000 Chilean children are involved in child labor, which keeps them from experiencing full childhoods. And Chile has the highest-growing rate of AIDS infections in Latin America. With your support, we taught thousands of kids practical ways to identify and prevent sexual abuse, and the country’s high rates of childhood sexual abuse are already decreasing. Teaching children to be active citizens, we gave more than 1,000 kids a peek into the voting process with an activity where they “voted” for child-related topics—like having more time to play with friends—while their parents voted in regional elections. Local and national partnerships continue to help us reach vulnerable children with transformative programs.
We never give up on people
With so much happening around the world, it can be hard to decide where your money can have the greatest impact. With your help through the World Vision Fund, you’ll be meeting critical needs both today and tomorrow, helping people rebuild in the wake of disasters and empowering entire communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Prayer Requests from Chile
World Vision's staff in Chile are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children who are suffering abuse to be identified so they can be referred for care and treatment.
Community child protection volunteers to report cases of abuse and neglect.
News from Chile
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