SOS Children's Villages has worked with vulnerable children in Lima’s metropolitan area since 1975. Many are still recovering from the internal conflict of the 1980s, and tens of thousands of children live in severe poverty, with little or no access to basic social services or education.
Child labour is still a widespread practice, although government efforts have gone some way to eradicating its worst forms.
Socio-economic divide leaves children vulnerable
The town of Chosica is located about 20 kilometres from the country’s capital, Lima, on the picturesque Rimac River in the Andean foothills. The town and its surrounds have a population of approximately 500,000 inhabitants and it is a weekend destination for wealthy visitors from Lima, who stay at a number of popular country clubs in the area.
Inhabitants of Chosica, and other parts of Lima’s metropolitan area, face extreme hardship on a daily basis, which is compounded by fundamental divides and marginalisation based on gender, language, race and culture.
It is estimated that almost 60% of children in Peru are living in severe poverty, with half a million children under the age of two suffering from chronic malnutrition. Although the situation has begun to improve in recent years, there is still much work to be done to secure brighter futures for Peru’s children.
A community still recovering from the effects of violent conflict
Child labour is a serious and widespread problem in Peru, in spite of government efforts to eradicate the practice. Brick manufacture is one of the Chosica region’s primary industries, and it is estimated that more than 1,000 children and young teenagers are involved in manual labour, making bricks from rich clay soil found in the area.
How do we help children in Esperanza?
Peru experienced a period of turmoil and violent internal conflict in the 1980s involving the ‘Shining Path’ insurgent group. Families were separated and displaced, particularly in the highland areas, and many fled to Lima in search of safe haven. Many children were left orphaned and families and individuals are still recovering from the effects of the conflict.
SOS Children's Villages began working in Esperanza in 1975, and has spent almost four decades supporting vulnerable children and their families. The SOS Social Centre’s focuses on providing essential services such as medical care. Today, the programme managed by the community itself with SOS Children's Villages on hand to provide training and support where needed.
Our daycare centre provides a happy, secure environment for infants so that parents can work.
A family for children who have lost their own
Some children cannot live with their families. Many of these children are able to join a happy home with a new SOS family in Esperanza. Along with their SOS brothers and sisters, these youngsters grow up with their new brothers and sisters in the care of a loving SOS mother.
When older children are ready to prepare for independent life, they move up to the SOS youth programme. As well as living in semi-independent accommodation with other youngsters, they benefit from support from a counsellor, who helps them gain the skills they need to live independently. At the same time, they continue their education or begin vocational training so that they are prepared for the job market.
You can transform a young life by sponsoring a child in Esperanza today. Your help ensures orphaned and abandoned children frow up in a loving family home.