Last Updated: 24/09/2020

Peru has reported more than 31,000 coronavirus-related deaths and has the highest mortality rate per capita of any major country in the world. The national emergency has been extended to Sept. 30. Peru's economy is in recession due to the lockdown measures.

All Compassion frontline church partners have put children's and youths' activities on hold. The national staff and church partners are monitoring children and families who are vulnerable due to extreme poverty, possible abuse or health complications. Centers remain focused on caring for children in four main areas: physically, through telehealth and disease prevention training; emotionally, through remote counseling; socially, through regular check-ins and visits when appropriate; and spiritually, through counseling, devotionals and prayer. Church workers are working closely with local authorities to deliver supplies to families and have been able to distribute 380,440 food packs and 177,601 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have helped 13,748 individuals access medical support during the pandemic.

A Message From Compassion Peru’s National Director

Hear from Cristina Zavala, National Director of Compassion Peru, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Peru.

Updated: 20/08/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Peru?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Peru, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Peru are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 380,440 food packs and 177,601 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

The majority of letters are delayed in Peru, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Peru, although they are currently delayed. In some communities, staff members have needed to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognizing that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

Story From the Field

It’s breakfast time for 14-year-old Nicol and her cousins and grandmother, who all share a home together in the Peruvian jungle. But there is nothing to eat. Nicol hears a noise outside and sees someone carrying a bag up the path to the house.

“I think our sponsors are sending us groceries again! We just ran out of the food we had,” says Nicol, as she hugs her grandmother and thanks God for another prayer answered.

Nicol and three of her cousins are registered in the Compassion center in their community. Their parents all left eight years ago to find work in the city, leaving grandmother Esperanza to raise nine grandchildren. The money Nicol’s parents used to send stopped abruptly during the pandemic.

“They can’t send anything now, they don’t have jobs. It broke my heart to hear my grandkids cry because they were too hungry,” says Esperanza.

Esperanza and her grandchildren represent just one of the 379 families the Compassion center is serving and supporting during this trying time.

“The need is great, but being there for these families is a joy and a blessing,” says Alfredo, the center director. “The Word of God says we must help our neighbor and those in need. Thanks to Compassion and our sponsors, we are able to do that.”

How can I pray for Peru?

Pray for the native communities in Peru, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

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