Fondacio has been operating in Chile since 1980 in its capital Santiago.
There is a Children's Ministry (6 to 12 years old), different fraternities open to people of all ages (Santiago Gospel, Oasis, Sticks of Hope, Center, etc.) and several community groups of Seniors (people over 70 years old). Everyone is invited to participate in different community meetings and retreats during the year.
Ignacio Troncoso is responsible for Fondacio Chile, the second responsible is Consuelo Silva. The other members of the Council are: Paula Vargas, Francisco Ríos, Lisette Catarino, Rafael Arcos and Luis de la Vega.
Situation of poverty
Our actions in Chile
Un Hogar mas digno, construction and improvement of houses and support for their families. Responsible: Cyprien Houssay.
Centro Ocupacional Hortiterapeutico, support for people in situations of physical and mental disability through the cultivation and commercialization of medicinal plants. Responsible: Mónica Espinoza.
Jesus Carpintero, training in trades that stimulate personal entrepreneurship to generate extra income and / or be an instance of personal expression. Responsible: Ximena Lobos.
Reciclo, Generation of compost from the organic waste of families to generate gardens in public places, enhancing the links between neighbors. Responsible: Cecile Favreau.
Mi Proximo, Accompaniment and support program in food and clothing for people living in the streets. Responsible: Paula Vargas.
Biblioteca Los Almendros, Projects in partnership to support in the educational and cultural field of children, youth and adults, stimulating their skills and abilities of expression and creativity. In alliance with the NGO Vidascopio. Responsible: Cecilia Carnevali and Pamela Ávila.
Fondacio Chile Avenida El Salto Norte 5625, Huechuraba, Santiago, Chile. (+562) 26208420 Correo@fondacio.cl
Poverty in Chile has a fairly low percentage of 14.4 percent, which is lower than the United States. However, Chile’s problem lies in the country’s high rates of income inequality: and this alone has driven around 10 percent of people into poverty.
The inequality also reverts back to the poor education systems. There are approximately 75,000 Chilean children who do not attend school. The number of uneducated closely correlates with those living in the deepest poverty.
At first glance, Chile’s economy appears stable. In fact, in 2011, Chile was even voted as the 44th countryfor highest human development rates by the United Nations. These rankings were achieved by collecting the national averages, meaning that this can hide the truth about the country’s inequality.
In truth, 75 percent of growth out of 8.4 percent went to the rich, and only 10 percent went to the poor. This information is not clear in reports about the nation. The world acknowledges Chile as a developed country, but only 20 percent have incomes matching those of a developed country. The rest, what is hidden, exposes the true extent of poverty in Chile.
The Chilean economy is reliant on copper prices. Chile’s GDP rises when prices go up, but this alone does not create jobs that lead to prosperity. The truth about poverty in Chile shows that the GDP growth does not always benefit the majority of people.
In order to reduce poverty in Chile, national and international education reform advocates suggest significantly increasing expenditures in education. The goal would be to produce quality institutions and in turn, reduce poverty. Some economists even suggest a change in tax rates, because the low tax rates are one main reason why inequality has not been reduced. By fixing the tax problems, Chile could solve issues like the poor education and poverty significantly.