The city of Curicó is also the capital city of the Curicó Province, part of the Maule Region in Chile. The city is located in the Chilean Central Valley and sits on the Guaiquillo River. The climate has helped the agricultural industry, particularly the production of orchard fruits and wine.
Curicó is home to approximately 150,000 residents. Curicó remains in need of further investment in infrastructure and children and young people need support.
Since 1996, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Curicó.
The Maule region, where Curicó is located, was one of the main areas devastated by the earthquake and resultant tsunami that hit Chile in 2010. The 8.8 magnitude earthquake wiped out homes, particularly those that were made of poor materials and did not stand a chance in the face of the natural disaster.
Around 60% of homes in the region, including in Curicó, were torn from the ground and the people lived in makeshift tents for years.
Although many have now rebuilt their homes and livelihoods, the effects of this natural disaster still affect many families.
Around 12% of the population lives in poverty in the Curicó region. This is the third highest poverty rate in Chile.
In the recent past, the number of families living in poverty has incrased in Chile. In Curicó the overall number of people living in poverty has fallen but there has been an increase in families living in extreme poverty.
Children and young people living in poverty do not have access to safe homes, education, clean drinking water or medical care. This is especially true in the rural areas surrounding Curicó.