Latest update

Peru is reporting a daily average of 1,841 cases of COVID-19 as of July 19th, a decrease from the 3,000 daily cases recorded in June. Peru has administered nearly 11 million vaccine doses, enough to fully vaccinate almost 17% of its 31.9 million people, up from about 7% in June. Hospitals continue to be overwhelmed by the number of cases, with low supplies and limited beds available for severe cases. COVID-19 restrictions were extended until at least the end of August. Schools began virtually on March 15th and are set to continue online indefinitely.

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Crisis Reports from Peru

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    Earthquake in the Piura Region, Peru (Crisis Update) 08 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    On July 30th, the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) reported an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in the Piura Region of Peru. Local church partners are working with the government to assess the impact of the earthquake in their communities. At least 28 mild aftershocks have been recorded.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 84

    New information

    Affected children and families have been provided with emergency shelter, food, coats, tents and supplies. Some families have been able to return home safely. Those whose homes were damaged will be supported through Critical Needs funding to ensure repairs and emergency support can be provided.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of affected children, staff and families in Peru following the recent earthquake.

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    Earthquake in the Piura Region, Peru 30 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    On July 30th, an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 was reported in the Piura Region of Peru. Local church partners worked with the government to assess the impact of the earthquake in their communities and provide emergency support to those affected.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Affected children and families are being provided with emergency shelter, food and supplies. Local staff will keep us informed of updates once they know more about the situation and the impact.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of affected children, staff and families in Peru following the recent earthquake.

How is Compassion currently operating in Peru?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    At this point, all centres in Peru are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Around 20% of centres are currently able to meet in small groups. The national staff and church partners are monitoring children and families who are vulnerable due to extreme poverty, possible abuse or health complications. Partner churches are working closely with local authorities to deliver supplies to families and have been able to distribute almost 928,000 food packs and almost 692,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have helped over 61,000 individuals access medical support during the pandemic.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    The majority of letters are delayed in Peru, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your sponsored child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Peru. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for children and families in Peru who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray for healing for David, who is suffering from a respiratory infection.
  • Pray that God's comfort, strength and peace would be with Stephani and Brisa, who have recently lost their mother.
  • Pray for the health and protection of the children, staff and volunteers as our church partners begin to resume program activities safely.
  • Pray for the success of an initiative created to prevent children under five from anaemia.
  • Pray that God would provide all the resources needed to support the children and youth with their post-pandemic educational development.
  • Pray that God would give wisdom and discernment to Compassion Peru’s leadership as they make decisions.
  • Pray for wisdom, courage and strength for Peru’s new government leaders.
  • Pray that God would continue to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and heal those who are ill.
Feeding hungry kids in Peru

Feeding hungry kids in Peru

It’s breakfast time for 14-year-old Nicol and her younger cousins. As they sit at the table, they wonder what they’re going to eat when Nicol sees someone carrying a bag to the house.   Read more open_in_new

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Thank you for praying for children and families in Peru who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Peru

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 12 visit the Compassion centre three days a week, for two to four hours each day, or on Saturdays.
  • Students aged 12 to 18 attend the centre for two days a week, for three hours a day, or on Saturdays.
  • Students aged 18 and older attend once a week, mostly on Saturday evenings.
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Compassion Program Activities in Peru

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Compassion assisted children in Peru typically attend program activities at their local child development centre on Saturdays. They also attend for a couple of hours after school during the week. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Peru.

8:00am - Breakfast and devotion time. Children are usually given tea served with snacks like eggs, bread or buns.

9:00am - Spiritual lessons where children sing songs and learn Bible stories. When they join the Child Sponsorship Program, children are given a scripture portion. When they are aged six to nine, they are given picture Bibles, at 10 to 13 youth Bibles and from age 14 they receive adult Bibles.

10:30am - Break time where children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

11:00am - Social-emotional lessons ranging from conflict resolution to developing healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

12:00pm - Lunch and social time. Children generally receive a meal three days a week. A typical meal includes a dish of vegetable salad, a second dish of meat stew with beans and rice, fruit and a refreshment. Centre cooks are frequently trained to prepare nutritious meals.

1:00pm - Health lessons where children learn practical health and hygiene advice on a range of topics such as the prevention of malaria and HIV.

2:00pm - Letter writing and career planning. Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

In addition to Compassion’s curriculum, children have opportunities to participate in activities such as camping or visiting a museum or cultural show. Students are offered vocational training in silk screening, jewellery-making, baking and buffet preparation. Parents of Compassion assisted children meet once a month to learn about a variety of topics.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Peru

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mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

Over the past few decades, Peru’s poverty rate has dropped significantly. In 2000, 16.7% of the population lived on less than $1.90 per day. This percentage dropped to 3% in 2015. Mining exports have fuelled much of the nation’s economic growth, as world demand for natural resources, such as silver and copper, has increased over previous years; but the nation’s heavy reliance on natural resource exports makes the country vulnerable to shocks in world prices.

However, the percentage of Peruvians living in poverty increased in 2017. This recent turnaround is a worrying development and more than 6.9 million people now live in poverty, most in rural areas. Indigenous people are disproportionately affected.

Children still face many hardships and issues related to poverty. Between a quarter and a third of children aged six to 14 work, sometimes in dangerous conditions in mines or on construction sites. For many families, the choice to send their children to work is made by the confronting reality that an extra daily wage means food on the table. Undernutrition and anaemia are areas of national concern for Peruvian children.

Lack of access to public services, coupled with the fact that rural youth predominantly speak an indigenous language (rather than Spanish), contributes to lower school enrolment of children in Peru’s rural areas. The rate of urbanisation in Peru has continued to increase as youth move to the cities in search of employment.

According to Peruvian anthropologist José Matos Mar, the increase in urbanisation, accompanied by the increase in educated youth from a variety of backgrounds in cities, has led to a reduction in racism and marginalisation based on ethnicity or cultural heritage. But these social stigmas haven’t disappeared entirely. Marginalisation still persists based on education level, poverty, gender and indigenous background. As a result, when rural youth migrate to Peru’s cities, they are increasingly unable to find work in the formal labour sector and resort to employment in the informal sector, where monitoring of work conditions and wages is likely to remain low.

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