Peru (South America)

About the country

Compassion partners with churches and denominations to help them provide Peruvian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

Compassion's work in Peru began in 1985. Currently, more than 60,200 children participate in more than 240 child development centers.

Population: 27,9 millions
Life expectancy: Male 68 years, Female 71 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 3,1%
People with HIV/AIDS: 82.000
Drinking water sources: 80%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 71%
Literacy rate: Male 93%, Female 82%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 54%

Child Sponsorship Program

Child Sponsorship Program in Perú

Compassion began its ministry in Peru in 1985, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.

Peruvian schools offer a morning schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and an afternoon schedule from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The children generally attend the child development center either in the morning or the afternoon, whenever they are not in school. However, some church partners have chosen to hold activities on Saturdays so that the children can more fully enjoy their time at the center and have more energy to participate.

Children typically eat a meal at the center. A typical meal consists of a vegetable salad, meat stew with beans and rice, and a fruit plus a drink.

Public schools give free high school education, but there are some expenses that the family must contribute (e.g., uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, back packs and a very small amount of money for the annual extra-curricular activities that public schools do). If the parents of a sponsored child are not able to afford all of these expenses, the Compassion center assists through an educational reimbursement.

Each month children participate in one extracurricular activity sponsored by the center, such as camping, outings, a special show to share their abilities, visits to museums and to factories (e.g., to see the manufacturing of canned goods, soda drinks, crackers/cookies, ice cream, candies, etc.), and to help with a church ministry, etc.

Adolescents have the opportunity to have one or two shop school trainings. Most of the trainings are done at the church building through weekly workshops, under the direction of a technician or a sponsored teenager who has been formerly trained at a technical school. Each church partner decides what to teach, according to the job opportunities in that specific community or region. Among the most popular skills chosen by the teenagers are silk screening, jewelry for teens (bracelets, earrings and necklaces), baking, chocolate candy preparation and buffet preparation.

Child development centers hold monthly meetings for the parents. There are programmed activities such as a Bible meditation, program information and participation in the local church activities. There are also some other activities where parents are invited to join, such as church anniversary celebrations, Christmas celebrations, and Holy Week, Mother's Day or Father's Day celebrations. Some churches offer recreational activities where parents and children participate together, such as special parties or sports contests. Also, there are home visits, Bible studies and discipleship, which are conducted through the local church.

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