The Venezuela crisis has caused about 3.4 million people to flee the country, seeking food, work, and a better life. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it also has brought out their hospitable spirit. Still, needs among families in transition are great. And forecasts for 2019 show the number of displaced people may increase to more than 5.4 million. World Vision staff in neighboring countries are helping refugees.
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.
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.
- Schools in Peru helped teach children how to use the internet safely. Boys and girls also learned how to protect themselves while using social media.
- In order to promote safe environments for children in Peru, church leaders were encouraged to attend child protection training's, and teachers were trained on harmonious family relationships, positive discipline, and child well-being. They also learned to identify and report violence against children.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Parents in Peru participated in sessions where they learned about child development, immunization, and nutrition, including how to prepare more nutritionally balanced meals and proper food hygiene practices.
- To prevent illness and provide referrals for treatment for common illnesses, our trained community health volunteers in Peru made home visits to children and their caregivers. They also conducted growth monitoring and provided nutritional counseling, providing caregivers with the education and skills to support their children's nutrition.
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.
- Through a collaboration with schools in Peru to increase access to books at home, libraries and book borrowing programs were set up. With increased access to reading materials, children are able to practices their skills more often and become stronger readers.
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
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.
This edition of the World Vision podcast features a conversation with Reverend Belinda Gentry from First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland.
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