El Milagro

El Milagro's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The urban community of El Milagro takes its name from an area in Peru's northern region of La Libertad. Settlers in this community are largely migrant families who come from rural locations in search of a better life. It is dry and sandy; an almost desert-like place.

Most of the neighbourhoods in El Milagro are not recognized by the government. They are squatter settlements', so they have little or no state services, such as water supplies or sewage treatment. The community has grown up next to the landfill site that collects garbage from the nearby state capital of Trujillo. Most families here earn their living by scavenging and recycling materials recovered from the landfill.
Child Protection
  • 7 children's groups took part in a campaign to end violence against children, working to build a safer community for girls and boys.
  • 5 community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
  • 72 women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 1173 children between the ages of 6 and 11 now attend Ludo libraries (spaces to encourage reading, leisure and play)
  • 714 children between the ages of 6 and 11 now own a backpack containing resources to promote reading habits and life skills
  • 6 schools now have activities related to reading and or living together in their basic education improvement plans
  • 10 teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 1 local community with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 6 schools with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, so that students are better prepared for and protected in emergency situations.
  • 1 disaster preparedness committee is now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 1 meeting with national leaders about protecting children was led by World Vision, increasing awareness about child safety and protection issues.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Teach parents and community leaders the importance of early stimulation for the development of children under the age of three.
  • Train guide mothers in early stimulation practices, and equip them to teach other parents.
  • Establish reading and comprehension readiness programs for children aged three to five, and train teachers and provide teaching material for the programs.
  • Establish toy libraries so children and parents have the resources they need to promote children's holistic development.
  • Assist guide mothers in monitoring the needs and progress of children under the age of five to ensure that they develop the skills they need for primary school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase awareness of water management, analyze the needs, and increase commitment to the construction of water and drainage infrastructure.
  • Network with public and private institutions to co-finance construction of water and drainage facilities.
  • Train community workers in safe water handling, household sanitation and good hygiene practices, and support them to pass on that knowledge to parents of children under the age of five.
  • Improve water and sanitation facilities in municipal kindergartens and preschools, and teach children good hygiene practices.
  • Train mothers in nutrition and how to prepare healthy, low-cost meals using locally available food.

Explore El Milagro

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in El Milagro

There are few supports in place in El Milagro to help prepare children for school. Parents lack knowledge and the infrastructure in poor, and many children struggle to get off to a good start. The government has an early childhood stimulation program, but in the unrecognized squatter sections of the community, there is no adequate place to house the programs. Pregnant women do not receive any training from the health centres, and they lack knowledge on how to stimulate their babies and young children to promote their development.

There are few pre-schools in the area, so children often lack the physical, mental, and social skills necessary for success in primary school. Primary schools are in poor conditions. Teachers often lack training, motivation, and teaching materials. There is also a shortage of recreational activities or play areas for children.

Health Care
The lack of water dominates life in this sandy, arid area. 60% of families do not have safe water or sewage services. Not surprisingly then, children routinely suffer with diarrheal diseases. Lack of knowledge about safe hygiene and sanitation adds to the risk already experienced by the community from living so close to a landfill. Most parents cannot provide enough healthy food for their families, and 75% of children suffer from malnutrition. In young malnourished children, recurring bouts of diarrhea can be life threatening. Parents lack knowledge of good preventive measures like healthy nutrition, safe water and food handling, and how to treat diarrhea.

Children also commonly suffer from acute respiratory infections because their homes are made of porous, recycled materials. Homes are often damp and do not provide adequate protection in the cold weather. When children get sick, parents often cannot afford the cost of transportation to a health centre, nor the fee to register their child for health services. Even then, the health centre itself lacks basic medicines and supplies.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

El Milagro,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.