The Venezuela crisis has caused about 3.4 million people to flee the country, seeking food, work, and a better life. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it also has brought out their hospitable spirit. Still, needs among families in transition are great. And forecasts for 2019 show the number of displaced people may increase to more than 5.4 million. World Vision staff in neighboring countries are helping refugees.
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 Where Most Needed fund, we can respond quickly to urgent needs of the world's most vulnerable children and families. And, thanks to grant funds and donated products, your monthly gifts multiply 4 times in impact.
Progress in Chile
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Thanks to workshops and fairs we organized with our partners, children and youth have been trained on values, caring practices, child protection, and child rights so they can protect themselves and build positive relationships.
- 4,066 families and volunteers have been trained on how to build protective environments for children and report cases of abuse. Volunteers pass on their knowledge to others in their communities.
- To ensure that children feel protected, we worked with local schools to provide teachers with age-appropriate methods to teach boys and girls about child rights and child protection.
- Through child protection networks, we have empowered young leaders with tools to advocate for better education, protection, and healthcare with local governments.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We identified children who were in poor health or had suffered abuse and referred them to healthcare providers and child rights advocates so the children would receive help.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Children have been able to attend leadership schools supported by us in order to learn how to become change agents in their communities, advocate for causes that matter to them, and participate in the decisions that affect them.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus.
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
Please pray with us for World Vision’s work in South America — Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil. While many of these countries are still recovering from years of internal violence and political instability, each faces unique challenges today.
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