The Chilean Government receives major donations to protect the health of children in Sename homes an

Although children and teenagers are not considered an at-risk group due to their age, group housing does pose risks.

Justice and Human Rights Minister Hernán Larraín and Childhood Undersecretary Carol Brown met with leaders from the Confederation for Production and Commerce of Chile (CPC) and representatives from companies and private citizens who have provided resources to protect employees and children in homes run by the National Minors’ Service (Sename) and partner organizations.

The initiative by the Childhood Undersecretariat took the form of a campaign to encourage the private sector to donate basic healthcare supplies such as hand sanitizer, masks, surgical gloves and face coverings that will protect those who work and live in juvenile justice centers and homes within the Sename network.

Officials met on Tuesday with the President of the Confederation of Production and Commerce of Chile (CPC), Juan Sutil, along with José Manuel Mena from the association of banks and financial institutions (Asociación de Bancos e Instituciones Financieras de Chile A.G.), Diego Hernández from the Chilean mining society (Sociedad Nacional de Minería de Chile, Sonami), and representatives from the companies CMPC and Agrosuper, in representation of all the companies and individuals who donated to the campaign.

Justice and Human Rights Minister Hernán Larraín and Childhood Undersecretary Carol Brown expressed their thanks for the donations, which came from companies such as Pimasa, Tecnofast, AIEP, PF, BHP and Walmart, as well as individuals. The resources will be used to safeguard the health of children and teenagers who are being cared for by the State. The officials also thanked Fundación Colunga, which helped organize the donation process.

Although children and teenagers are not considered an at-risk group due to their age, those in the care of Sename face challenges because being enclosed with others on a daily basis in group housing does pose risks.

Justice and Human Rights Minister Hernán Larraín said, “we want to express our gratitude on behalf of the Government and particularly on behalf of Sename and the vulnerable children who are cared for and protected by this State institution. We want to thank the private sector. Solidarity is an ethical imperative in times of pandemic.”