Angol is the capital city of the Araucanía Region of southern Chile. It has a population of approximately 54,000 people and is located by the Rehue River.
With both rural and urbanized areas, the city is known for its production of fruit, wheat and oats, a result of fertile land found by the river, as well as industrial factories that include flour milling, and lumbering. The province that Angol is situated in is one of the poorest in Chile, with many households living under the poverty line.
Since 1981, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Angol.
In the Araucanía Region, where Angol is located, 17% of people live in poverty.
Because of this, many from Angol travel to larger towns, sometimes up to 100 km away in search of employment opportunities.
For some families, commuting back and forth daily becomes impractical and so, young children are often left on their own for long periods of time while their parents are away at work. They lack a consistent source of support for food and education, as well as care for their wellbeing.
The earthquake in Chile in 2010 left many families without a home: approximately 9% of Chileans lost their homes.
Many families had no resources to repair their homes or find a new one. Government policies further intensified the differences. As a result, those families with least resources have ended up in low-quality housing in economically segregated neighbourhoods far from jobs and services. Although the earthquake took place in 2010, its effects continue to affect children and young people today.