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Children in a ball pool. (Source: Kindernothilfe)

Early intervention paves the way out of poverty

Peru: In Huancavelica, one of the poorest regions of Peru, violence and neglect are common occurrences. Two-thirds of the population live below the poverty line. Roughly half of all children under the age of five are chronically malnourished. Nearly one-third of the women are illiterate, which makes it that much more difficult for them to foster their children. Our project cares for 1,500 children with the aim of improving their physical and mental health and defending their rights. Please support our project work with a donation or become a project sponsor!

Growing up with hunger and beatings

Young child stacks cups. (Source: Jürgen Schübelin)
It is important to also promote the youngest children.

When their father has been drinking, they are better off finding a good place to hide. Rita and Luis learned this at a young age. But unfortunately they didn't learn much more, even though they go to school. The violence at home, which they and their mother suffered under for years, has severely traumatised the six-year-olds. They have had no opportunities to learn effectively. Nevertheless, learning paves the way out of poverty as well as violence. This is the only way that people can learn new ways to interact with each other without resorting to violence. Those who fail to learn this lesson – like so many children in the poorest regions of Peru – pass on the law of the jungle to the next generation. Rita and Luis may still have a chance to escape this cycle of violence. But like so many children in their home region of Huancavelica they are malnourished and the beatings by their father have delayed their development. Now they are benefiting from our project. The mother of the twins cannot read or write. But she has understood that her children have rights – and how important it is to protect their small, frail bodies and nurture their minds. These are realisations that are still not very widespread in Huancavelica. With Kusi Warma, our on-site project partner, Kindernothilfe is doing valuable work to change this.

Our concrete achievements on location

Our project in the Huancavelica region, which is plagued by poverty and domestic violence, cares for 1,500 children from birth to the age of 12 with the aim of improving their physical and mental health and defending their rights. This is our approach:

Promoting health and nutrition: In Huancavelica nearly half of the children under the age of five are chronically malnourished. This jeopardises both their health and ability to learn. We train volunteers who support mothers and pregnant women and teach them about issues relating to nutrition and hygiene. This allows us to protect roughly 500 high-risk children. The goal is to reduce malnourishment by ten percent. Until this is achieved, the health of 70 percent of all children will have to be constantly monitored.

Promoting development and education: In the four centres established by the project, we focus on promoting the early childhood development of children up to the age of three. A playful approach is used here to train mental and motoric abilities. After all, this period in their lives is particularly important for developing their ability to learn. But even somewhat older children still require a great deal of support, which is why we plan to acquire additional space for the project.

Promoting children's rights and child protection: We conduct training sessions for parents and teachers, police and other state authorities – as well as for children themselves – to teach them that children have rights that have to be protected, such as their right to grow up without violence and their right to report acts of violence to the authorities. We support their participation in community life and at school, for example, by establishing student councils.

Project No. 88027

Our objective: Realising children's rights

Our objective: Realising children's rights

Any interventions aimed at a long-term positive impact on children's lives must contribute to realising and safeguarding their rights. This is the focus of our work, both in Germany and abroad.

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How we promote education

How we promote education

Some 57 million children worldwide are still unable to attend school. Each of these children is in danger of being drawn into a vicious cycle of inadequate educational opportunities and abject poverty. We have made education the main focus of our work.

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