Habitat for Humanity Chile
Habitat's work in Chile
Housing need in Chile
Chile is a highly urbanized country. Approximately 86 percent of the 17.5 million inhabitants live in urban areas. In 2001, the United Nations estimated that 9 percent of Chile’s urban population was living in poor settlements, compared with 4 percent in 1990.
Because of its geographical characteristics, Chile also is prone to several types of natural disaster.
Habitat Chile’s greatest success — and primary source of funds — has been its partnership with governmental programs, which combine existing housing subsidies with technical assistance programs from Habitat. Thanks to the leadership of organizations such as Habitat, the government’s housing program has helped people with low incomes obtain legal property through formal channels, thus creating a safer basis for the future for each family.
Habitat for Humanity in Chile
Habitat for Humanity Chile works with communities and families by providing housing solutions, facilitating community support and offering different services in an efficient and sustainable way, thus benefiting the whole nation.
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Habitat’s contribution in Chile
Habitat for Humanity Chile focuses on helping people who are in vulnerable conditions or affected by special situations, such as children with catastrophic diseases or disabilities, families caring for older adults, women heads of household, or homes affected by earthquakes and emergencies.
The following model projects are made possible through the resources of donors — individuals, foundations and enterprises — along with opportunities for volunteerism (both national and international), and the commitment and support of partner families and institutions.
Disaster response: These projects include the construction of new houses, emergency houses and progressive houses; the installation of the tools and materials bank; the assembly of tool kits for isolated locations and vulnerable families; and the provision of participatory diagnoses, training and technical assistance to help families recover from disasters.
Indigenous communities: As a result of different programs focused on indigenous groups, we have developed house construction projects that preserve the design and building methods of the Mapuches. We also have helped the communities of Atacama recover their equity. These projects recognize the living conditions and respect the traditions and language of the Mapuches, working jointly with their architects and tribal authorities.
Our children return home: Children with life-threatening diseases who remain in a house with inadequate conditions risk the success of their treatment. In response to this, Habitat Chile is building, or in some cases improving, rooms in the families’ homes that meet the requirements of the child’s medical treatment, allowing these children to remain under the care of their family.
New houses: In addition to the projects above, Habitat for Humanity Chile continues to build houses through government subsidies.
Meet a Habitat family
Sofía was born with a severe short bowel syndrome, which forces her to sleep connected to a machine every night.
For four years, Sofía lived in a hospital in Santiago, visiting her family only a few hours per day. Although home care is an option for her treatment, the conditions of her parents’ house, which was shared with 15 other relatives, made this option impossible.
Thanks to contributions from a company and the efforts of national and international volunteers, Sofía now has a new home.
Her medical checkups remain periodic, and, in spite of having to connect herself to the machine every day, she is now able to eat certain foods.
The lives of Sofía and her family have undergone a beautiful change.
To donate, please visit: http://nuestroshijosvuelvenacasa.cl/NHVC/donacion-chile/
To learn more about Habitat projects in Chile, please contact us:
Ivan Ortiz, Volunteer Mobilization Director firstname.lastname@example.org