Peru faces high levels of poverty and inequality. In 2004, just over half of Peru’s population was poor and about 20 percent were extremely poor.
This country suffers from low income jobs, poor teaching skills in the rural areas, no full benefits for the primary health care and chronic problems that the country has. The poor people are at greater risks for health illness because of the rural area that they live in due to the lack of clean water and sanitation.
The population has grown, and this is causing more poverty because the country's cities are becoming over crowded. Over the last few years Peru is showing a little improvement with the social welfare system and the consumption poverty rates. The social welfare system is reaching more out to the poor because the government is receiving more funding.The consumption poverty rates are slightly lower from 19% to 15%, but there are still millions of Peruvians suffering from severe poverty.
Army of the Kind works in two major cities in Peru. (see map for locations)
We first came to know of Chimbote- Las Delicias through a couple who lived in this dessert land. They had three small children and their hope was to reach nomadic people for Jesus. Shortly after our first encounter with this wonderful couple, we sent a mission team to the dessert to help them build a home. They were literally in the middle off nowhere with no restrooms, no shelter and no electricity. Our team helped to build the couple (Pastor Raul Meza and Paty Preciado) a home, three classrooms for children ages 3-5, a community lunchroom, a church and much more. They have been serving the community since 2002. The community has grown tremendously. There are paved roads, schools, and even a nice market. The church has several ministries; their children's ministry being the largest of them all.
Army of the Kind has partnered with this community since 2011. We help to provide resources such as medicine, ministry tools, school supplies, construction projects, and more to the community. We recently started a child sponsorship program which will help children receive education at Salem School on their campus. The sponsorship donation helps to pay the teachers, provides uniforms for the children, includes a small snack and school supplies.
Our mission teams are spread wide into the community, volunteering in different ministries as well as in our school.
Our work in Chiclayo began in 2013. Chiclayo is located 13 hours from Lima, the capital of Peru. We work with Pastors Jose and Vanessa in a village called Ferreñafe. In May of 2014, we decided to launch a children's nutrition center after coming across several children who were malnourished and out of school because of poverty related circumstances. With a full belly they can grow to be healthy young adolescents and focus in school. Currently, 40+ children are part of our nutrition program receiving a healthy daily meal, but it doesn't stop there. Many professionals in the community have heard about what we are doing and have agreed to partner with us and offer the children dental screenings, medical check ups, vaccinations and workshops on health and sanitation. This project has really grown into something so much bigger than we have ever anticipated. Our missions teams volunteer at the nutrition center as well as in various community projects.