YMCA Chile

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After a visit in 1910, Charles D. Hurrey helped form a provisional committee in Valparaiso, Chile. However, in 1912, the International Committee sent Frederic Christian Wurtz and the official association was launched that year. Early programmes included social work aimed at classes for working women, literacy programmes, and a center for homeless children. Local YMCAs were founded in 1912 in Valparaiso, 1918 in Santiago, 1927 in Concepcion, 1962 in Antofagasta, and 1981 in Iquique. In the early 2000s, the Chilean Movement reached 12,000 members, with Santiago making up 30% of Chile’s participants. The principal programmes include physical education, sports, camps, schools, recreation, and community work.