El Milagro


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The community of El Milagro has graduated

In 2022, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of sponsors like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in El Milagro has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, they have graduated to self-sufficiency and World Vision has left the community to help another one. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

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.
People in El Milagro are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection and Participation
  • 23 children are participating in decisions that affect their lives, giving them confidence to exercise their rights
  • 2,300 families took action in favor of child protection
  • 350 mothers, fathers and caregivers can recognize situations of physical abuse, exploitation and neglect
Community Governance & Ownership | Partnering
  • 1 meeting was held with national leaders about child protection, where we lobbied governments to keep kids safer from violence and abuse
  • 2,300 sponsored children are being monitored through their involvement in World Vision activities
  • 50 members of local partner groups went to our training, helping them to work more effectively to improve kids' lives
  • 2 schools have incorporated activities related to reading and coexisiting peacefully in their education improvement plans, supporting children's literacy and developing their social skills
  • 103 children are using reading materials at home and outside of formal learning environments, showing an interest in literacy among young people
  • 25 kids and youth completed one of our life skills courses, empowering them with new skills and confidence for the future
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion​
  • 2 churches and faith-based groups are partnering with us on projects, using their influence and resources to help improve children's lives
  • 25 health workers were given personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, helping to protect them from COVID-19
  • 3 handwashing stations with soap and water were set up in public spaces, helping to protect kids and their families from COVID-19
  • 30 people received information to help them cope with the stress and trauma of COVID-19, providing support for their mental health
  • 42 educational kits were given to school-age kids as part of our COVID-19 response, helping them to keep learning at home
  • 526 kids, parents, and caregivers were given education kits or training as part of our COVID-19 response, helping kids to learn at home
  • 1,337 teens have joined sessions where they learned skills for life, including entrepreneurship and interpersonal skills
  • 9 teachers have been equipped to provide training sessions in entrepreneurship, providing community members with opportunities to find new sources of income
*Results achieved from October 2006 to September 2022

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.


Life cycle of a sponsorship community

El Milagro has completed Phase 3 in 2022

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.