COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Peru

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Peru

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing quickly in Peru, where the mortality rate is very high. The country reported a daily average of 8,155 new infections for the week prior to April 6. Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,590,209 infections and 53,138 coronavirus-related deaths. Peru has administered enough doses to fully vaccinate about 1.4% of its 31.9 million people as of April 6. Hunger is increasing, as household incomes have fallen by an average of 33% In the past year.

All Compassion centers have suspended on-site children's and youths' activities. The national staff and church partners are monitoring children and families who are vulnerable due to extreme poverty, possible abuse or health complications. Partner churches are working closely with local authorities to deliver supplies to families and have been able to distribute over 752,600 food packs and nearly 516,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have helped nearly 45,000 individuals access medical support during the pandemic.

COVID response in Peru

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Peru?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Peru, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Peru are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and encouraging children and families. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 752,600 food packs and nearly 516,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Peru

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Alejandra still remembers when quarantine was announced in Peru in March 2020. Like most, she thought it would be a short convenience lasting a few days. She never imagined it would go on for more than a year.

“I’m a single mother. Samuel is 11 years old now, and he’s my only son,” says Alejandra. “When the pandemic started, nobody ever called me (to clean their house) again, and I didn’t have an income anymore. This didn’t just affect us financially but also emotionally. My son was frightened. He didn’t want me to leave the house because I’m all he has.”

As Alejandra tried to calm her son’s fears, she got a call from his Compassion center, scheduling a time to bring the family a food basket.

“What a great joy I felt! We prayed right there and thanked the Lord! I thought it would only be a one-time gift, but they kept calling us time and time again for more food baskets. Abba Father provided through the center!” says Alejandra.

The visit encouraged Samuel, and he was re-energized in his studies. He dreams of being a civil engineer when he grows up, and Alejandra says she’ll do whatever she can to support those dreams.

While she waits for jobs to open up again, Alejandra spends her time praying. And a lot of that time, she prays for Compassion supporters around the world.

“My only job now is to keep praying for all the supporters. We pray for them all the time. Samuel says he’s grateful that despite this crisis, they didn’t forget about us,” says Alejandra. “He wants his sponsor to know that he prays for God to watch over her, bless her and give her good health. He misses writing her letters. We’re grateful for everything they do. May God bless you and your families! I thank you from my heart.”

How can I pray for Peru?

Pray for children and their families as poverty has worsened due to the pandemic. Ask God to protect them and to provide resources to sustain them. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Peru
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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