Genesis

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
                               
Education
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.

Food
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.
  • 45% of children could read and understand the material in 2017, increasing from 33% in 2014/2015
  • 65% of children aged 6 to 11 years have developed essential life skills in self-care in 2017, increasing from 37% 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 2014/2015
  • 86% of children under five received effective treatment for diarrhea in 2017, increasing from 2.8% in 2014/2015