Unbound mother
Nov 20 2013

Peru: ‘Empire of hidden treasures’


Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today on CFCA’s 32-year anniversary, we take a closer look at our work in the South American country, Peru.

With more than 5,000 years of history, Peru boasts one of the richest cultural legacies in the world.

From the Caral civilization — considered the earliest in the Americas — to the majestic Incas and beyond, this country has a wealth of ethnic groups and communities. It’s also geographically diverse, with coastal deserts, Andean mountain ranges and Amazonian lowlands all in one place.

Although Peru has made great strides in reducing national poverty, economic disparities are still high.

The poverty rate in rural areas was 56.1 percent, compared to 18 percent in urban areas, according to the World Bank’s 2011 report.

Our work in Peru focuses on building partnerships with families to help them break free from poverty.

CFCA staffers have helped sponsored friends develop a sense of community through workshops, skill training, support groups, and birthday and holiday celebrations.

“The families, through their everyday life, have gained so much experience through making sacrifices out of love,” said Henry Perez, Lima project coordinator. “They are a great source of knowledge.”

One such “sacrifice of love” was a CFCA support group of mothers who built toilets for an aging woman and her disabled son.

Another group helped contribute money to give a fellow mother some sheet metal for her house’s roof. Through these and other acts, their creative generosity is helping unite and empower their communities.

Our sponsorship program in Peru supports not only children, but also the elderly. Blanca and Luis are two sponsored aging friends who have been married for more than 40 years. They are both grateful for their sponsorship, which has helped them live with dignity in their golden years.

“I enjoy the staff members in the program and the benefits I receive,” Blanca said. “[I am] thankful for everything.”

Sponsor a child or aging friend in Peru! After clicking the link, select “view children” and then choose “Peru” from the drop-down menu.

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