Fondacio in Chile

Fondacio in Chile since 1980

Fondacio's mission in Chile is to act against the challenges of this time as Christ would do in our place.

The community experience offers spiritual and human growth. In addition, we train the young initiators of continental change ( IFF America ).

Our programs work with children and pre-teens (Biblioteca Los Almendros), disabled (Centro Ocupacional Hortiterapeutico), vulnerable families ( "Un Hogar mas digno", "Jesus Carpintero", "Reciclo", ), people in a street situation ( "Mi Proximo" ) and all people with limited resources.

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.

average income

795 $/month

Annual growth



6.85% pop.

Human  Index

0.843 (44th)

life expectancy

79 years

Situation of poverty

14.4% pop.

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

Fondacio in Chile

The chilean economy appears stable.
In truth, 75 percent of growth go to the 8% richest

 Chile’s problem lies in the country’s high rates of income inequality. Approximately 75,000 Chilean children who do not attend school and only 20 percent of chileans really live in a developed country

Cécile Favreau

Cécile Favreau

French Volunteer

These two years of volunteering have been an opportunity for me to reflect deeply on a personal and a professional level.

The experience I had was a process of humility and gratitude in regards of the reality of poverty that I was confronted to.


Verónica Muñoz

Verónica Muñoz

“Permanent” of Fondacio Chile

These 28 years of permanence at Fondacio have been a journey of smallness and availability, of much prayer, to recognize where the Lord is calling me to serve.

Thus I have been able to recognize my profound vocation, which is service to the most dispossessed, to the poor and neglected of society.

Adrián Martínez

Adrián Martínez

participant in the program

I arrived at the Fondacio Horticultural Therapy program guided by the need to share with other people, to reintegrate myself into the rhythm of society.

At that time I was going through a deep depression and didn't want to leave my room. One day my mother told me that I was invited to a Horticultural Therapy workshop. That's when it all began.

A training focused on the person

Economical context

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.