SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children grow up with the care, protection and relationships they need to become their strongest selves (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Chile).

The Republic of Chile is the southernmost country in the world, situated in Latin America, with a population of 19.5 million. It is one of the most industrialized countries in Latin America and is the world's largest copper producer. Copper production constitutes 50% of the country's exports and consequently, Chile is vulnerable to the fluctuations in global copper pricing. While one of Latin America’s most economically prosperous countries, Chile also has the widest gap in wealth distribution.

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Chile since 1965.

Children are at risk

Young children in Chile are at a high risk of domestic violence and abuse. The fluctuating global price of copper has had a direct consequence on employment opportunities for the salaried, as well as income generation for the self-employed. This has resulted in growing social unrest in the face of inflation and rising costs of living. Many children are forced to leave school at a young age in search of work to contribute to the household income. Attaining a basic education has thus become less important and has perpetuated the poverty cycle of those children from low-income homes.
1 in 5
Children do not finish primary school


In Chile, around 1 in 5 children do not finish primary school. This is not the same across all of the country because there is a wide disparity in educational attainment levels across the country. Chile currently has one of the lowest public spending on education. This leaves many schools underfunded. As a result, access to quality education is limited and related to a family’s socio-economic standing.

Difference in wealth distribution

Income inequality

Despite successful measures to reduce poverty rates across the country, income inequality remains high. Nearly 53% of households are classified as economically vulnerable, wherein families have no buffer against any abrupt changes in income. Across Latin America, unequal wealth distribution is at its widest in Chile: 65% wider than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average.

Homes destroyed in the 2010 earthquake

Natural disasters

In 2010, around 400,000 homes were destroyed in an earthquake. The earthquake devastated many areas around the country. The government estimated two million people had been directly affected with over 400,000 homes and commercial properties destroyed. Infrastructure repairs began as soon as possible, however, the disparity in services provided to more deprived neighbourhoods was glaring. Hundreds of families had to move to makeshift shelters and many have been living in poor conditions till today.

Together we can make a difference for children in Chile

Can stay together
Grow up in our care
Children and young people
Are supported on their way to independence
In Chile, we support young people as they grow older and are getting ready to become independent. Every young person is unique and we work with them to develop a plan so that they can get the education, training and mentoring they need. Of course, their friends play a key role in their lives. The young men agree: “It’s great to spend time together! We like watching movies, playing videogames or just chatting about our lives” (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Chile).

Working together for sustainable development

In 2015, leaders from 193 countries committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This 15 year plan aims to improve the lives of people by ending poverty, fighting inequality and protecting the planet.
GOAL 1: End poverty
SOS Children’s Villages supports families and communities to keep families together and to help them break out of the cycle of poverty.
GOAL 4: Ensure quality education for all
Every child and young person SOS Children’s Villages supports has access to education, from kindergarten right up to vocational training or university.
GOAL 8: Equal job opportunities for all
SOS Children’s Villages supports young people in developing the skills and self-confidence they need to find decent work and trains parents so that they can have a stable income.
GOAL 10: Reduce inequalities
SOS Children’s Villages works to keep children safe, by promoting peaceful and inclusive communities. We provide training on children’s rights and positive parenting.
GOAL 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies
We advocate laws and practices that ensure social inclusion and protection for children and young people without parental care or from marginalized households.

Let’s keep on protecting children and young people!

Many children have been able to find a safe and secure home. With your help, we can continue to change their lives