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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year

The Genesis community is located in the mountains of Peru. The community is predominantly rural, with dirt tracks connecting different homesteads. A quarter of the population, however, lives in a more urban section, near Otuzco; the province's capital city. Most families in the region live in houses made with adobe or rammed earth walls.

The region is a rugged place with stark hills and ravines. There is little natural vegetation on the hillsides. A rapidly growing population along with unplanned use of land for farming, grazing, and logging has removed much of the natural vegetation on the hillsides. This has left much of the community vulnerable to mudslides and flooding in the rainy season. In addition, erosion reduces soil fertility and crop yields, leaving more and more families without enough food or resources to feed their families. A third of children in Genesis suffer from malnutrition.
Child Protection
  • 1 children's group took part in a campaign to end violence against children, working to build a safer community for girls and boys.
  • 64 women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 4 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.
  • 750 children between the ages of 6 and 11 now attend Ludo libraries (spaces to encourage reading, leisure and play)
  • 11 schools now have activities related to reading and or living together in their basic education improvement plans
  • 3 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 1 meeting with national leaders about protecting children was led by World Vision, increasing awareness about child safety and protection issues.
  • 11 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 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.
* 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 in how to support their children's education at home.
  • Develop innovative education projects and training suited to the community that will engage children and youth.
  • Train teachers in new ways of teaching.
  • Establish children's groups where youth can receive reinforcement, learn about their rights and responsibilities, acquire life skills, and develop leadership abilities.
  • Strengthen school organizations that promote child participation.
  • Train preschool teachers.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train health promoters and volunteers in preventive healthcare, and support them to teach and work closely with other parents to establish new practices at home.
  • Set up integral development centres to promote holistic development in children under the age of three.

To ensure parents in Genesis can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Improve agricultural yield and train farmers in improved techniques and organic production.
  • Identify parents who are raising well-nourished children, and train them to teach other parents about nutrition and how to prepare nutritious meals using local produce.
  • Support families to raise small animals that will add more protein to children's diets and improve their income.

Explore Genesis

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 Genesis

Although children are attending primary school in the community, many are not receiving the necessary education. Parents often do not understand their role in supporting their children's education, and some lack the resources to provide school materials. There is also little access to pre-school education that could help children succeed in primary school.

Due to a lack of preparation and parental support, many children begin school late, which means that they struggle academically from early grades on. Children who start school late also face the shame of being in class with younger children. As a result, many children lose interest and drop out, especially those who are older. Some girls leave school to do chores at home or pursue informal jobs, while others are forced to leave due to teen pregnancy.

Health Care
Many children in Genesis do not enjoy good health. One in three is chronically malnourished, and far too many suffer with diarrheal illnesses and respiratory infections. Poor sanitation and a lack of safe water, coupled with little knowledge of good hygiene and sanitation practices, are the main causes of recurrent diarrheal illnesses. This is life threatening in young children already weakened by malnutrition, as many are. In terms of mental, physical, and emotional development, many parents do not understand how to stimulate their children to help strengthen these skills.

Malnutrition is common in the Genesis community, and is caused by two factors: the quantity and the quality of food children eat. For rural farming families, harvest comes only once a year. That crop has to provide food until the next harvest. Adding to this strain, poor soils, ineffective traditional practices, and the effects of global warming mean that harvests are smaller and there is not enough food on the table year round. Even when there is enough food, parents do not understand how to provide a healthy meal, and children eat mostly carbohydrates.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Genesis,  is in Phase 1

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.