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Why World Vision is in Peru
During the past 10 years, Peru’s economy has grown steadily, but income inequity still leaves millions of children and adults living in poverty. In addition to economic concerns, Peru faces challenges in education, healthcare, and child protection. In 2015, the Peruvian government increased its spending on education, but 40 percent of schools still lack clean water, tutoring assistance, and computer facilities. World Vision’s emphasis included reading initiatives and preschool education, in order to ensure that children get a strong start at school. In rural locations in Peru’s Andes Mountains, over a third of children are chronically malnourished and anemic. We addressed these concerns through nutrition education demonstrations for parents and by providing immunizations and vitamins for children. Peru ratified an additional section of the Child Rights International Law in 2015 and adopted new legislation to protect children. In order to give children a safe place in which to learn, we opened neighborhood centers where kids can engage in reading, games, and activities. Teen leaders have been trained to run these centers, called Toy Libraries.
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.
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.
- To equip youth with opportunities for the future so they can help support themselves and their families, we partnered with government and school leaders to provide vocational education in cosmetology, electrical skills, and cooking. We also offered business training in savings and finance.
- We worked with community advocacy groups and protection networks to promote child rights and protection, as well as to report cases of abuse.
- To improve access to resources for children with disabilities, we worked with social service agencies to help kids enroll in school and secure personal identification cards that increase their access to medical care.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To improve the health of children under the age of 5, we supported local health clinics to monitor the health of young children and educated parents on hygiene and nutrition.
- We trained community health workers to monitor young children for signs of malnutrition and to identify and report signs of child abuse.
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.
- To promote good reading habits and encourage parents to get involved in their children’s education, we worked with schools to send kids home with a backpack filled with books and activities to share with their families.
- To ensure that children have access to safe and inviting learning spaces, we worked with teachers to provide school libraries with creative learning materials and activities.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- We trained local pastors on our Channels of Hope for Child Protection curriculum so they could educate parents on the importance of raising their children with tenderness. Channels of Hope is our program that empowers faith leaders to share information about social issues and advocate for change.
Prayer Requests from Peru
World Vision's staff in Peru are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children and youth at risk of trafficking in Peru.
Community groups to work together efficiently to protect children.
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