A municipality and village in Kroměříž District in the southeast Zlín Region, Chvalčov is home to 1,600 people.
In the nearby Zlin and Olomouc districts, more than 13% of people are threatened by poverty - these are some of the highest rates within the Czechia.
In the region around Chvalčov, families who are in vulnerable situations often find it hard to obtain assistance. Children and young people living here need extra support.
Since 1973, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Chvalčov .
Almost 10% of the Czech population lives in income poverty.
However, in rural areas like Chvalčov, the risk of poverty is greater.
There is also a growing divide between rural and urban household incomes, placing rural children at a greater risk of deprivation.
Children living in poverty in rural households are more vulnerable to the consequences of poverty. These can include poor nutrition, chronic disease, and mental health problems, as well as greater gender inequality and school absence.
Despite a low national unemployment rate of under 3%, unemployment is not evenly distributed across Czechia.
Rural areas face almost 5% unemployment. Coupled with low wages and a rising cost of living, around 16% of Czech people experience near permanent financial hardship.
As a result, children living in poverty are on the margins of society, in, or at risk of falling into, poverty where their basic needs can no longer be met.