Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest
Peru

Amazon Region

  • Homes in the Peruvian jungle are typically made of wood, with thatched roofs. They usually lack electricity and running water. Peruvian homes
  • Children in the jungle region may be lacking in material things, but they are not lacking in smiles and enthusiasm. Insert alt tag
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Children playing games
  • Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Boy praying
  • As in every Compassion center around the world, children learn about their Heavenly Father, who loves and values them. Group of children praying
  • These children love coming to their Compassion center, a warm and welcoming place. Group of smiling children
  • Many communities in Peru's Amazon region are small, remote and accessible only by boat. Peru landscape
 
PERU OVERVIEW

Population

29,549,517

Religion

Roman Catholic

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Peru’s Amazon Region

The tribal people of the Peruvian rainforest are desperately poor.

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  • Three-quarters of the indigenous people live in poverty.
  • More than half live in extreme poverty.
  • Most children drop out of school to help support their families, usually as unskilled, temporary laborers.
  • People in the cities and the jungles commonly drink from the river (soda is cheaper than clean water), bathe in the river, eat from the river and put their waste back in the river.
  • As a result, children are routinely afflicted with parasites, dysentery, tooth decay and dengue fever.
LIFE
In the Amazon Region of Peru

Geography & Climate

The Amazon rainforest is a jungle and river region in eastern Peru. It covers 63 percent of Peru yet contains only about a tenth of the country’s population.

  • The region begins high in the eastern Andean cloud forests and descends with rushing rivers to the low, forested Amazonian plains. The torrential rivers unite to form the Amazon River.
  • Iquitos, a noisy and colorful city with a population of more than 430,000, is the biggest Peruvian city in the Amazon.
  • Belen, a river neighborhood of Iquitos, is a “floating” city. It can be reached by foot in the dry season (June to October) but is only accessible by boat in the wet season (November to May).
  • Homes in this area are built on stilts or tethered to large poles and float upon the rising waters every year.

Economy

Life in the Amazon rainforest is tied closely to the rivers.

  • Nomadic tribes who live in the region make their living hunting, fishing, and creating seed handcrafts to sell to tourists who travel by boat.
  • Here, the Ashaninka, Shipibo, Aguaruna, Machiguenga, Huambisa and 50 other nomadic tribes have lived in relative isolation for centuries.
Children at Home

Children in the Peruvian jungle grow up in wooden homes with thatched roofs. Boats and canoes are the only modes of transport through the jungle waterways where they live.

Peru landscape

In urban centers, children are more likely to live in an adobe or concrete home with five or six other family members. The homes of both the urban and rural poor typically lack electricity or running water.

COMMUNITY
Issues and Concerns

The people in the Peruvian rainforest live with a corruption that permeates daily life.

  • Boats, the only means of transport among the winding tributaries of the Amazonian jungles, are often so overloaded with over-charged passengers, contraband and hidden drugs, they sometimes sink in fast-flowing rivers.
  • Cocaine processing plants are overlooked.
  • International oil-exploration and timber-production companies are growing unchecked, dislocating those who have lived on the land for generations.
  • Children are especially vulnerable to exploitation. Many children work long hours in industrial operations and mineral mines for negligible wages.
  • Although water is abundant, it is untreated and unsafe for consumption and hygiene use. As a result, water-related illnesses, some of which can be life-threatening, are common here.
Local Needs and Challenges
  • The lack of medical care is a pressing concern in the Amazon rainforest. The few medical facilities in the region are poorly equipped and staffed, as are the schools.
  • Unsanitary living conditions and malnourishment wreak havoc on the health of rainforest residents.
  • Dengue fever and other insect-borne diseases are constant threats.
  • The lack of education and employment opportunities are also major stumbling blocks.