Working With Children in Peru

emergency-announcementPeru 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.

Your impact in Peru

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in 2016:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • We worked with community groups to promote child rights and protection, equipping them to identify and report cases of abuse.
  • 1,302 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 65 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 12 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions

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

  • We supported local health partners in providing children in Peru with immunizations and vitamins, and conducting health monitoring to ensure healthy growth and development.
  • 831 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 60 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 55 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children in Peru

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We supported new preschools, trained teachers on topics of early childhood development, and strengthened their teaching skills.
  • 7,541 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 942 children and youths were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 124 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Peru

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • We provided youths with vocational education and business training in savings and finance.
  • 709 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 648 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling
  • 82 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families

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