Although Peru is a country rich in natural resources, poverty is a major issue, particularly among rural communities, indigenous groups and those living in shanty towns on the outskirts of cities.
Why do we work in Peru?
In recent years, Peru has managed to undergo positive economic growth, with notable decreases in poverty rates. However, some communities, including indigenous people, those living in rural areas and on the city fringe, continue to experience much higher rates of poverty.
These remote and marginalised communities are not benefiting as much from Peru's economic development. School enrolment rates are lower, and access to health and community services is more limited.
This is reflected in Peru's poverty-related indicators. Peru's children are four times more likely than Australian children to die in the first five years of their life. Peru's maternal mortality rate is 15 times higher than Australia's.
Peru's abundance of natural resources has contributed to its economic growth. As in other countries, however, mining and related industries can create issues for rural and indigenous communities. These communities need to have a voice in the land and resource decisions that affect them, and their rights need to be respected and upheld.
Our work in Peru
The video below tells the story of our work in Peru. (from 2:47)
Caritas Australia supports three programs with three local partners in Peru. Our work focuses on women's empowerment.
Examples of our recent work
- Over 900 primary school pupils in the Dioceses of Chosica attended sessions on child protection.
- 35 members of remote rural communities were trained in organisational strengthening.
- Nearly 1,000 people attended physical and mental health education talks held for people from poor areas of Lima.