Peru

Why World Vision is in Peru


In 2018, Pope Francis visited Peru for the first time in decades. The country was plagued by political volatility and corruption scandals throughout the year, resulting in the resignation of the president and the imprisonment of a former president. Peruvian children and adolescents, in particular, often face violence and abuse of many kinds, and girls are especially vulnerable. About 2.5 million Peruvians don’t have enough food or care to keep them healthy. Natural disasters can impact food prices, causing already-vulnerable families to struggle to afford the basics. Unemployment among young people is high, while, paradoxically, hundreds of thousands of children are involved in child labor, some of it dangerous. Thanks to our donors and partners, many vulnerable families in Peru were supported this year. Government partners joined us to promote child protection through a national campaign to end violence against children. Other government collaborations also helped us promote job training and life skills education for adolescents, to make sure they’re supported into adulthood. As well, Venezuelan migrants were assisted with basic services and Child-Friendly Spaces for kids to play in safety and provide normalcy. The U.N. refugee agency helped us improve shelters for migrants, and we held a cultural festival with highlights from both Peru and Venezuela to help the two people groups live harmoniously.

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World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Peru

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • In one area, community groups were trained in advocacy so they can lobby the government for better health services, helping to improve access and quality of health care for their children.
  • Over 2000 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline children without physical or emotional punishment, helping to protect girls and boys from abuse.
  • 100% of government officials responsible for child protection in World Vision areas know how to act to address the risks local children face, helping them to ensure children are safe, cared for, and protected.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Children, parents, and caregivers were given education kits or training as part of World Vision's COVID-19 response, helping children to learn at home. Teachers were also supported with supplies and training to help them provide instruction remotely.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Literacy group facilitators completed a World Vision training program, empowering them with new ways to help children read. Children are participating in after-school literacy camps, inspiring them to read in their local languages outside of school.

Prayer Requests from Peru

World Vision's staff in Peru are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • More families would raise their children with tenderness instead of violence.

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  • Better work conditions in Peru would allow families to have enough income to provide for their children’s needs.

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News from Peru

Prayers

Covering the world in prayer: Pray for South America

Please pray with us for World Vision’s work in South America — Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil. While many of these countries are still recovering from years of internal violence and political instability, each faces unique challenges today.