World Vision International

Latin America and the Caribbean

Our cause: Tenderly protected children promoting a more secure and fair society.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most urbanized region in the developing world, as three quarters of its population residing in cities and surrounding areas (World Bank, 2004).

UNICEF's "State of the World's Children 2005" reported that 44 percent of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean live below the poverty line, this percentage rises to 56 percent among those under 19. About 27 million Brazilian children, who live below the poverty line, are in families with incomes below $ 100 per month.

The fight against poverty requires actions and solutions that should be implemented in all areas of society. Poverty can be reduced through policies that promote responsible government, support for micro, small-scale agriculture, income equality and access to credit, education and training. It should ensure equal opportunities for boys, girls, youth, women, the neediest communities and indigenous peoples.

World Vision seeks to improve the quality of life for children, families and communities through the development and community organization in the region. With the active involvement of the communities served, is achieved improvement of roads and housing, construction of plazas and parks recreation and drinking water facilities, drainage and irrigation, electricity facilities and others.


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