Children at risk
The beauty of the islands lying off the coast of southern Chile is tainted by darkness. Government studies indicate that as many as eight out of 10 children there are being sexually abused. Throughout Chile, EMM workers have joined with others to help prevent the abuse.
For example, Caminando en Victoria (Walking in Victory) is an organization that holds many workshops to educate adults and children about sexual abuse prevention. Another example is a ministry center for children living in La Vega, a section of Tenglo Island. The center, called Siloe’, is a safe place where children can relax, play, learn, experience healthy ways of relating, and receive affirmation, encouragement, and love from Christian believers. Parents and adult relatives of the children are mostly absent, living below poverty level, and lacking in education and resources. Funds are needed to purchase supplies for workshops, sporting equipment, games, books, art supplies, music-related items, firewood, gas for cooking, and snacks for the children.
$20 will provide art supplies for the children
$50 provides swimming classes
$200 pays for one person to attend a training seminar on the prevention of sexual abuse
$20, $50, $200, other