Peru: Early education for children
In Huancavelica, violence and neglect are common occurrences. Our project cares for 1,500 children with the aim of improving their physical and mental health and defending their rights.Learn more
We have worked in Peru since 1984, helping some 2,800 children with nine projects. The work focuses mainly on combating poverty, supporting children in need, and safeguarding their rights.
In recent years, Peru has experienced an enormous economic upswing, but this growth has only benefited a fraction of the population. Social inequality is high and children and young people from rural and indigenous groups in particular are socially disadvantaged.
As in most Latin American countries, Peru is affected by poverty and gross inequality between the different segments of the population. As the country’s education system is in a poor state, With very limited job and economic opportunities, Peruvians are often caught in a cycle of poverty. The indigenous population face language barriers and is particularly vulnerable: children who grow up speaking an indigenous language are generally disadvantaged starting at a young age and, for the most part, they suffer from health problems.
Almost one-third of the 29 million people, who call this South American country home, live below the poverty line. This is a breeding ground for criminality, violence, prostitution, and drug abuse. Peru suffers from extensive pollution in its mining regions. Lead poisoning is a frequent occurrence. Not surprisingly, the cancer rate is very high.
Our work in Peru seeks to improve the dire situation of children and their families. We primarily focus on boys and girls engaged in child labour and on children with disabilities. With strategic advocacy work, our partners actively work towards enhancing the population’s awareness of children’s rights.
Many families in Peru depend on their children to support them financially. One objective of our work is to improve working conditions for these children. We help children to calculate prices better and to secure more income, which in turn allows them to resume their school education.
With our support, children and young people in Peru are taking a stance against the severe pollution in their country. With advocacy work and a radio station, young people are actively promoting a clean environment and better living conditions.
Child abuse is part of everyday life in Peru. In many cases, it is the parents who beat and neglect their children. Our projects offer boys and girls, who are victims of violence, medical care. The projects also raise the parents’ awareness of good child rearing practices.
Additionally, we launched special support programmes for disabled children and their families. In the communities, volunteers are trained to work as therapists and help families with their children. This means that the entire community is involved in a project that aims to increase acceptance of children with disabilities and their families.
Sources: World Factbook, United Nations