Project #6532

Bring hope and education to 300 children in Chile

by VE Global
VE & Life Skills! Photo Credit: Jon Glassberg
VE & Life Skills! Photo Credit: Jon Glassberg

Paul Tough reminds us in his book, How Children Succeed, that “…adolescence can be a time for a different kind of turning point, the profoundest sort of transformation: the moment when a young person manages to turn herself away from near-certain failure and begins to steer a course towards success.”

VE Global is proud to announce a new project that will help many Chilean youth do just that: the Chilean Ministry of Social Development has just awarded VE Global a grant to help develop a new program:  ¡Soy Independiente!

In 2016, we will design and implement a Life Skills Training series for 50 young people, aged 14 to 19 years old, living in children’s shelters in Santiago.

Expanding on the last 10 years of our amazing work with children and youth through our volunteer program, our new program will provide the young people we work with the practical life skills and emotional tools they need to help break free from cycles of abuse and poverty that affect the lives of too many!

We are so thrilled to begin September with a new volunteer group and this exciting chance to have an even stronger impact on fulfilling our vision of a global community that ensures equality of opportunity for all children!

eXtreme English Day at VE Global
eXtreme English Day at VE Global

Kids at school in Chile start having English as part of their curriculum in middle school, but oftentimes classes are too big to get all the practice that everyone needs to learn a new language.  VE Global helps support language education because the kids we work with need lots of support and confidence building activities to show them that learning a new language can be fun.

As part of VE's English in Motion program, VE Global volunteers and kids recently tested their English language skills during VE's first eXtreme English day. Girls of all ages from Hogar San Francisco and Refugio de la Misericordia got into teams and worked with the volunteers on numbers, colors, clothing and other important English vocabulary to help boost their confidence for English classes at school! 


A special thank you to Hogar San Francisco for hosting the day! Fun was had by all!

The eXtreme English scoreboard
The eXtreme English scoreboard
The Winning Team
The Winning Team
A future star!
A future star!

Fall is upon us! With all the craziness of back to school, our volunteers have been hard at work with the kids! Here's what we've been up to...

Back to the future….

Earlier this month, we had our bi-annual Festival de Arte, and the theme was the future. We were blown away by the artwork and shows the volunteers helped the kids prepare. Our friends from American Tower helped us pick winners, who all went home with new art supplies to work on their future masterpieces! The judges had such a difficult time choosing winners from the performances that there was a tie for second place, so both groups of performers from  Pléyades and  Domingo Savio will be going out for pizza parties! The girls from San Francisco put on an unforgettable theater performance that won them first place and a trip to Fantasilandia.

We're turning 10!

What were you doing ten years ago? In two short months, we will begin celebrating one decade of VE Global! We're looking forward another ten years with all of you! We want all of you with us as we celebrate this huge milestone: keep your eyes peeled for our first anniversary event on June 23rd!

Futuristic fun!
Futuristic fun!
Our newest positive role models!
Our newest positive role models!

Summer in Santiago means lots of fun in the sun and quality time with the kids. School's out, which means volunteers get to be extra creative with workshops and activities. We are so lucky to have such a great new group! 

Our new January 2015 Class survived two intense weeks of orientation and came out ready to start volunteering with their new skills and valuable knowledge.  They are finishing up their first month at their partner organizations and have already done so many amazing things!

Santiago summer brings on our annual reading program ¡Vamos a Leer!.  Volunteers are motivating kids to meet summer reading goals over the next month and getting ready to celebrate at our summer Carnaval at the end of the February.

Can you help make this year's Carnaval the best one ever by helping us buy books, snacks and other supplies for the event? 

Un abrazo,


Yoga at Liga de Deportes!
Yoga at Liga de Deportes!


What are you thankful for? This year, VE is thankful for its amazing volunteers and incredible donors and extended family across the world. People like you allow us to continue to do the work we do, and we are thankful for your dedicated support. As we move into summer here in Chile, we want to make this holiday season as special as possible for the kids!


There are many ways to get involved, and #GivingTuesday is right around the corner. Please think about us next Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.


This month our we had our tri-annual Jornada retreat in a small coastal town. It was a great opportunity for the volunteers to take a step back and think about their experiences thus far, just past the halfway point in their four-month journeys. We did different team-building activities and had small group discussions. Fun was had by all!


Happy Thanksgiving!


Un abrazo,


Fun at Jornada!
Fun at Jornada!

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VE Global

Location: Santiago, RM - Chile
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mercedes Henderson
Executive Director
Santiago, RM Chile
$31,258 raised of $40,000 goal
451 donations
$8,742 to go
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