Miramar'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 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.
Child Protection
  • 3 children's groups took part in a campaign to end violence against children, working to build a safer community for girls and boys.
  • 300 children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 24 women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 2 community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
  • 10 teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 3 schools now have activities related to reading and or living together in their basic education improvement plans
  • 3 local books were distributed to reading camps, giving children more resources to learn about their own language and culture.
  • 800 children between the ages of 6 and 11 now attend Ludo libraries (spaces to encourage reading, leisure and play).
  • 400 children between the ages of 6 and 11 now own a backpack containing resources to promote reading habits and life skills
  • 3 schools with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, so that students are better prepared for and protected in emergency situations.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.

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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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.