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.

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.

Sponsor a child in Peru ❯

Peru Child Protection
Peru Health
Peru Faith

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.

  • Children are better protected after several municipalities and local governments passed laws and policies that prohibit physical punishment and help keep children safe from violence and abuse.
  • More than 16,000 adults, including local officials and parents, learned how to access social services to help protect their kids. They also signed agreements to help keep children safe and committed to using positive discipline.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • More boys and girls are protected from illnesses after their parents attended workshops where they learned about good hygiene and sanitation habits, including how to treat drinking water.

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.

  • More than 16,000 children improved their reading skills by attending reading clubs. They also received backpacks with books and had the opportunity to read at home through libraries and mobile book services.
  • Youth were given opportunities to prepare for their future through entrepreneurial training programs that taught them skills for business development, such as financial and relational skills.

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.

    chat-bubble-yellow@3x

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

    chat-bubble-yellow@3x

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.