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Transforming Mothers in Medellín

Centro Primavera in Colombia offers many different programs to help women who need support

When our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and I first arrived in Medellín, Colombia, I noticed a striking difference from our visit to the capital city of Bogotá. Unlike many other cities that I have visited in South America with Children Incorporated, Medellín’s level of poverty and destitution was present even in the most well-off areas of town. As we drove from the airport to downtown Medellín, I was surprised to see homeless people […]

Easing the Burden on Families in Santiago

The Handicapped Children's Center provides much-needed aid to children with disabilities

Spanning over 2,000 miles of South America’s western coastline, with deserts in the north, rainforests in the south, and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains ranging throughout, Chile is a stunning country. Yet despite its natural beauty and reputation as politically progressive when it comes to human rights, Chile suffers from excessive inflation and an ever-increasing unemployment rate. Due to these economic realities, millions of Chileans are desperately poor. A big telethon in Chile […]

Welfare in the Wake of Disaster

The El Refugio Welfare Center in Honduras was built in response to damage from a hurricane

Built in response to the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras more than twenty years ago, our affiliated project El Refugio Welfare Center continues to support children in the rural town of El Progreso to this day. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch claimed thousands of lives, causing catastrophic flooding and landslides. It remains the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, causing over 11,000 fatalities in Central America — 7,000 of those being in Honduras alone. The […]

Understanding Child Poverty: Facts and Statistics

What you should know about child poverty and its effects on children

Updated: January 2020 Poverty means more than a lack of income. It also means a lack of resources to ensure sustainable livelihoods, such as food, clothing, clean water and proper shelter. Poverty has many detrimental outcomes for children — hunger and malnutrition, ill-health, limited or a lack of access to education and other basic services. When children are raised in impoverished households, they often have to drop out of school to help their families or […]

New Teachers with Fresh Ideas in Chile

At the Maipu Center, young, energetic administrators are changing education for children living in poverty

Our affiliated project, the Maipu Center, is located on the outskirts of Chile’s capital city, Santiago. Santiago lies nestled between the towering Andes Mountains to the east and a smaller, coastal range to the west. Nearly five million people — more than a third of the country’s population — reside here, many of which are underprivileged Chilean families. Concentrated in the city’s southern and northwestern regions, the slums of Santiago are home to impoverished children […]

Escaping a Poor Education

In El Salvador, the Marillac School provides a quality academic experience for children

In the town of Santa Tecla, located six miles west of El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, our affiliated project, the Marillac School is providing children with the opportunity to receive an education — and a quality one at that. Communities and schools around the world face barriers in providing children with a quality education. Founded in 1940 by the Sisters of the Order of St. Vincent de Paul, the school serves as not only an […]