Alto Chicama

Alto Chicama's Community News

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 Alto Chicama community is located in the highlands of Peru's northern region of La Libertad. The soil in the highlands is rich in clay, but perhaps the most notable characteristic is the steep terrain and the presence of many small streams and waterfalls that come from the mountains. Families still use water from these springs and streams for drinking.

Most families here earn their living from farming, although crops cultivated depend on the elevation in the mountains. At lower levels, the rivers are often polluted by mining and crops suffer. Some families also mine carbon and minerals by hand. This is dangerous work that yields minimal income. Others work as manual labourers in nearby gold and silver mines.

The district is among the poorest areas in Peru. There is little electricity and most roads are unpaved. Fog and seasonal flooding make access to some parts of the community difficult.
Child Protection
  • 257 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 850 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 2,039 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 400 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Develop innovative approaches to teaching primary-aged children and increasing their learning capacity.
  • Partner with educational institutions to accomplish goals.
  • Establish reading programs to improve students reading comprehension skills.
  • Train teachers and provide them with resources to implement these new approaches.
  • Organize recreational spaces and innovative classrooms, including computer rooms, in schools.
  • Train guide parents to work with other families to reinforce learning at home, to ensure that children have a place to read, a small section of the family garden, or a place in any family activity where they can participate and learn.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train guide mothers in areas like nutrition, hygiene, and early childhood stimulation.
  • Establish groups where guide mothers can pass on their knowledge to other mothers in the community, including information about healthy habits and the formation of values.
  • Organize community surveillance and local health committees to monitor the health and wellbeing of children.

Economic Development
To ensure the needs of Alto Chicama's families are met, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Teach children entrepreneurial skills, train them to think creatively and develop ideas to generate goods and services, and encourage them to take risks and solve problems.
  • Train teens in life skills, including communication, assertiveness, vision, and decision-making.
  • Encourage young people to develop a life project, detailing realistically how they see themselves in the future, and how they plan to get there.
  • Train teens in entrepreneurial skills, like creatively identifying viable income generating opportunities, developing a venture plan, networking, and management.
  • Work with youth to implement viable income-generating activities.
  • 13.3% of adolescents developed their capacity in entrepreneurship in 2017, increasing from 10.3% in 2012
  • 20% of adolescents improved or acquired new job skills in 2017, increasing from 4% in 2012, to prepare them to enter the labour market