The needs in Miramar

Early childhood stimulation is key to promoting healthy development of a child's physical, mental, and social abilities. Parents in this community, however, are often uninformed about the importance of this stimulation. They have not been trained in the simple practices that can help their children's development. There is little preschool training available, so children are not adequately prepared to enter primary school. Additionally, Spanish is not the first language of many families but is used exclusively in schools, which becomes a further barrier to children's success in primary school.

Children often do not complete their education. Many struggle in their primary years, and only 67% continue on to high school. Of those, one in four high school students will drop out, and many will eventually succumb to urban gang life.

Health Care
Illnesses like diarrhea and respiratory infections are common in Miramar, and are compounded by the malnutrition that routinely plagues 25% of young children. Many parents cannot provide enough food for their children, while others do not know how to ensure that the food they provide has the nutrients children need for healthy development.

A lack of clean water is one of the biggest needs in this community. Although 90% of families get water from public centres, the supply is very limited and the water quality is unsafe for drinking. Most families get potable water from trucks. As a result of these difficulties, 90% of children suffer with acute diarrheic diseases and 70% from intestinal parasites. Parents often have little knowledge of how to manage these health issues. The combination of diarrhea and malnutrition is life threatening in children under the age of five.

Child Protection
Due to continual migration of family members, single women head many households. These women work long shifts in industrial plants, which forces them to leave their children in the care of older siblings, who themselves as are as young as eight. Community members are not trained to identify children's needs, secure support, or execute projects that will promote development and improve the lives of children.

Community Leadership
The Miramar community is not organized, and is comprised mainly of isolated migrant families who come from different places and know little of each other. The community has little influence on local government decisions that affect their development. There is little community leadership, and leadership infrastructure that exists lacks the training and experience to identify needs and secure support from government and local organizations.

Economic Development
In the Miramar community, parents do not have the resources to provide for the basic needs of their children. Residents are primarily migrant families who arrived in the area with very little, which has made it difficult for them to improve their individual and collective economic situations. As family members are forced to continue this pattern of migration, increased strain is placed on their already limited resources.
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Miramar'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 community of Miramar is located near the city of Trujillio, on Peru's northern Pacific coast. The area feels like the ocean swept up high into the steep mountains, washed away all the trees, and dumped sand everywhere. There are no cultivated areas in the community.

Despite these conditions, families continue to migrate here, especially from the rural highlands, in search of a better life. Instead they meet a different kind of poverty: unemployment, or working for low wages in plants or doing petty trade to survive. Houses are very basic structures made with unburned bricks, and many still with mud floors and roofing made from porous recycled materials.
  • 15% of children in primary education increased their reading habit in 2017, increasing from 3%
  • 21% of adolescents felt that their community is a safe place in 2017, increasing from 5%
  • 62% of adolescents had a strong connection with their parent or caregiver in 2017, deacreasing from 63% in past years. The need for this change is mainly due to the family dynamics in the intervention area, where there is a need for deeper bonds and communication between the family members, so that the young people can have a higher degree of confidence and relationship with their caregivers and those responsible. This situation, in many cases, obeys to certain rooted customs that are passed on from generation to generation, and demands much more time to acomplish substantial changes. The project will continue intervening with the teenagers and their families in order to contribute to building up this connection. 
  • 83% of adolescents learned essential life skills in 2017, increasing from 7%, helping the build a more productive life
  • 88% of youth in 2017 had a birth certificate, decreasing from 92% in the past years. It highlighted the need to build up the role the family plays in prioritizing the registration of their children. In this area, many families migrate from other smaller villages and the Libertad Highlands area so there is a constant need to readdress the issue of birth registration; also, the findings highlighted how some actions from multiple partners in the community have mainly addressed young children; leaving in the background older children and teenagers, which we need to tackle going forward.
  • 100 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 54 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 3 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 74 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 4 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 5 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 1,303 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 213 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities               
  • 398 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 315 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 20 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 3 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 5 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies               
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Train parents on the importance of early childhood stimulation and preschool education.
  • Establish and equip early stimulation centres where parents can learn new skills and practice with their children.
  • Establish reading groups for preschool children to help improve their use and comprehension of Spanish.
  • Prepare children to succeed in primary school by empowering parents and the community to advocate for their needs to local government authorities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve the general health of children.
  • Teach parents about nutrition and how to prepare nutritious meals using local ingredients.
  • Train parents and children in good hygiene practices.
  • Train and empower local leaders.
  • Develop partnerships with government agencies to improve health, sanitation, and water services to the community.

Community Leadership
Through partnership with children, families, and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Bring families in the community together and mobilize them to participate in community development and local government.
  • Train community leaders and form leadership groups.
  • Develop partnerships with local government agencies and empower leaders to represent community needs.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Miramar can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train parents to develop entrepreneurial skills and establish income-generating activities.
  • Educate parents about savings and credit and support them to access micro loans to establish small businesses.
  • Provide vocational training for youth and adults.

Explore Miramar

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

Miramar,  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.