The beauty that is Peru can sometimes obscure the hopelessness: desperate poverty, rampant disease, and lack of sanitation. With much of the country surviving on meager incomes, hundreds of thousands of children are desperate and hungry. There is also little access to quality education, and many children live in constant danger from child predators..
Kids Alive has been rescuing the most vulnerable Peruvian children since 1993, through our residential homes, care centers, and school. Not only do we offer them nutritious food, an education, safe shelter, and medical care, but we are committed to sharing the love of Jesus with each one. These children desperately need to hear that they are valued and loved.
We are constantly exploring more ways to serve children here. From building or renovating more residential homes, to opening House of Glory as a home for teen moms, to expanding our school with more grades, we seek to provide for the needs of our kids holistically. Several of our missionaries were able to attend in-depth caregiver training in working with children from hard places, enabling them to better care for the many needs of each child.
The goal of our work in Peru is still to be the hands and feet of Jesus to every child we encounter, giving them the chance for a brighter future. When they begin to see hope for the first time, these children can break cycles of poverty and violence and affect their communities in positive ways.
*United Nations Study TERCE 2015
Friends of Peru opened to help needy, orphaned, and abandoned children in the region, and then in 2009 officially joined the ministry of Kids Alive. Children who have no home – or would not be safe in their own homes – live in family-style settings.
The number of needy children coming to the Oasis Center continues to grow each year. Many of these kids come for our preschool program where they receive a meal each day, hear Bible lessons, and learn early childhood skills.
Our girls will be given a loving home and help with important prenatal care. As they make decisions about whether to keep their babies or give them up for adoption, we will offer support and encouragement.
In the poverty-stricken jungle community of Pucallpa, Lighthouse Family Center exists to bring hope to so many living in hopeless situations. Nearly 40 years ago, the ministry started to provide technical training and Christian discipleship to young adults.
Juniper Tree is located on the outskirts of Lima and is home to over 25 at-risk and traumatized children. In family-style homes, house parents care for 6-8 kids, serving as role models while tending to their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs.
Orchard Children’s Home consists of family-style homes led by loving house parents. Nutritious meals and a loving environment are provided for eight children in each house, as well as a quality, Christ-centered education focused on preparing for independence.
Our students come from the poorest communities and would otherwise not have access to a solid education. Not only do we offer them a quality education including English, computers, and art, but our after school program provides lunch, tutoring, and extracurricular activities. We are thankful that more than 80% of the students who enter our program graduate from high school, and each one hears daily about the hope found in Jesus.