Even though the political situation in Peru has improved significantly in the last few years and the country is now a democracy, the economic situation has worsened considerably in the last thirty years.
Peru lags way behind Brazil and Argentina as 60% of its population lives below poverty line. The economic crisis together with terrorist movements such as Shining Path caused the death of thousands of people who left thousands of orphans behind. Because of those terrorist movements, the people in Amazonia sometimes have no choice but to go to Lima and flock in the city periphery. There are now slums and shantytowns around Lima as far as the eye can see. Over two million people live without water and electricity.
Children are always the most vulnerable. 2.1 million out of the 3.8 million people who live in absolute poverty are children. Out of a total 10.2 million under 18, as many as 6.5 million live below poverty line. Presentation of the orphanage la Ciudad de los niños
Located on the edge of the shantytowns, the « Ciudad de los niños de la Inmaculada » was created in 1955 on the initiative of a Franciscan Capuchin brother, Francisco Menasso de Riva Ligure, who is remembered as Padre Iluminato.
The association takes in 330 children aged 3 to 18. These children are either orphans or from families who cannot sustain their needs.
For more information on la Ciudad de los niños, you can:
- read the report on the mission carried out in February 2010.
- visit the Ciudad de los niños’ website : http://www.ciudaddelosninos.com.pe/
We aim at helping the children from la Ciudad in two ways: directly at the orphanage and by helping the families in the shantytowns. We work closely with the director of la Ciudad, Capuchin brother Hugo Morales, who can give us a precise list of everything they need (drugs, food, schoolbooks etc).
Because of freightage and customs, but also because we want to help the local economy, we have bought and intend to buy all the goods in Peru.