About Santiago ...
The climate is a temperate Mediterranean cold, called continental. Rural areas are colder, as temperatures drop to -10 C (14 F) in their winter (July, August). Many of the children and elderly helped in this sponsor site live in cardboard shelters, or are single-parent families with very low incomes.
The Chalice Sponsor Site of Santiago is involved in the most vulnerable districts of the city, where children and young people live with their families in shanty towns. In these districts, specific sets of social problems can be observed, such as high dropout rates, drug use and trafficking, and family violence, among others. The Site focuses on improving the living conditions of children, teenagers, and the elderly and promotes family communication. It is committed to providing a service of love to people in need. Its objective is to strengthen the family and community in their role as agents of protection and personal and social development. The Site strives to give training and education to mothers. They partner with institutions that give these services. Several mothers of sponsored children have received training in food handling, baking, chocolate making, hair-dressing, massage therapy, dress making, etc. Together they learn crafts, go to personal development workshops, and build the tools they need to form mutually supportive communities and to become self-sustaining.
Mission - Santiago
At the Chalice Santiago Sponsor Site, efforts are made to be “Good News” for the sponsored children and their families. All families have improved their quality of life, their relationship with the transcendent and they have more opportunities to obtain resources from a community of love and solidarity with Canadian sponsors.
Sponsorship in Santiago
Chalice Santiago Sponsorship Program promotes physical, intellectual, and social development. Sponsored children benefit from the programme in education, health, nutrition, family and community service. The Site strengthens the autonomy and integration of the elderly by providing a safe place for them to meet, enjoy recreation, discover and develop skills, and share their hope and faith in God.