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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Genesis's Community News

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.
  • 86% of children under five received effective treatment for diarrhea in 2017, increasing from 2.8% in 2014/2015
  • 45% of children could read and understand the material in 2017, increasing from 33% in 2014/2015
  • 74% of children aged 9 to 11 years reported that their families help them with their learning in 2017, increasing from 6% in 2014/20152,568 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 60 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 16 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 972 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 1 club is in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
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.

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.