Ongoing turmoil and economic decline in Venezuela since 2014 have driven more than 7.7 million people from the country in search of food, work, and better living conditions. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it’s also brought out their hospitable spirit. Learn how World Vision is supporting children and families across the region impacted by the Venezuela crisis.
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.
We never give up on people
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.
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.
Better work conditions in Peru would allow families to have enough income to provide for their children’s needs.
News from Peru
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