Peru Flooding Update
Heavy downpours in Peru from December 2016 to March 2017 have caused severe flooding in five World Vision communities supported by Canadians: El Milagro, Miramar, Tierra Prometida, Alto Chicama and Genesis.
Due to the damage caused by the flooding, many were forced to evacuate their homes, live with other family members, or seek temporary shelters, away from where World Vision works.
Local World Vision staff initially responded by tending to the immediate needs of families, distributing 1,500 care packages containing hygiene kits, water and materials to keep rooves in place. Soon after, staff evaluated damages and checked in on sponsored children. Five child-friendly spaces were implemented, where 600 boys and girls received emotional support through counselling. To focus on the most urgent needs in the community, sponsorship programs were temporarily suspended. We are happy to report that these programs have now resumed in all five Peruvian communities, including sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts
However, due to the widespread damaged caused by the flooding, the sending of Annual Progress Reports from Peru this year has been delayed, and sponsors will most likely receive their child’s APR in the new year. Please be advised that sponsor visits
to Peru continue to be on hold at this time.
For more information on the situation in Peru or to check on the status of your sponsored child, please call us at 1-888-526-7770.
During the past 10 years, Peru’s economy has grown steadily, but income inequity still leaves millions of children living in poverty. In remote rural areas and less desirable urban neighbourhoods, poverty remains deep and has led us to run programs to train adults and youth in skills that will help them improve family income.
The poverty faced by families and children in Peru takes a toll in education and child protection. As part of World Vision’s response, we train teen leaders to run child-friendly spaces in neighbourhood centers where kids can feel secure as they engage in reading, games and activities. We also invest in preschool education and initiate reading clubs to help children in Peru get a strong start at school.