COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Peru

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Peru

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

Peru has reported more than 33,000 coronavirus-related deaths and has the highest mortality rate per capita of any major country in the world. The government began issuing a second “Universal Family Bonus” equal to US $223 to millions of citizens on Oct. 10. Peru began its Phase 4 of reopening recently, which allowed an increase in economic activities, including higher capacity in restaurants and stores. Bars, clubs and casinos remain closed. International flights resumed on Oct. 5 to and from a limited number of Latin American countries.

All Compassion frontline church partners have children's and youths' activities on hold. The national staff and church partners are monitoring children and families who are vulnerable due to extreme poverty, possible abuse or health complications. Centers remain focused on caring for children in four main areas: physically, through telehealth and disease prevention training; emotionally, through remote counseling; socially, through regular check-ins and visits when appropriate; and spiritually, through counseling, devotionals and prayer. Partner churches are working closely with local authorities to deliver supplies to families and have been able to distribute 380,440 food packs and 177,601 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have helped 13,748 individuals access medical support during the pandemic.

COVID response in Peru

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. Watch this video for a detailed explanation of how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion centers and how local partners are caring for each registered child during this season.

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 checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 380,440 food packs and 177,601 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Peru

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Over 10,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by beautiful blue skies and the imposing Peruvian Andes, Pastor Vidal leads a church that has partnered with Compassion for almost 18 years. He and his wife, Emma, say they have seen God at work in the community for decades. Still, not even his years in full-time ministry could have prepared him for what he thought would be just a two-week break from the activities at the local child development center, which serves 500 children.

Of course, the pandemic has stretched on much longer than two weeks. And Pastor Vidal and the center staff have had to get creative.

“We don’t see four walls anymore,” says Pastor Vidal. “The church has expanded; we went from 500 people gathering in person to 2,000 and even 3,000 people sometimes in our online services.”

Compassion has enabled Pastor Vidal and his team to continue helping the children and families they serve at the center during this crisis. “The church is still here, and the work is not over. We are praying for people, caring for and feeding people, counseling people, setting up our usual youth camps and retreats for the ladies, and training ministers. Virtually, we’re going to do it all. We keep on preaching God’s Word and meeting people’s needs. We’re not going to stop,” he says.

Pastor Vidal says he counts on those who work behind the scenes, the sponsors and the donors. To them, he has this message: “Thank you for being part of the Great Commission. Your generosity is an investment that will leave a legacy behind. You are investing in these children’s lives and their generations. May God reward you greatly. The work must go on.”

How can I pray for Peru?

Pray for creativity for the frontline church partner staff and tutors as they continue to find creative ways to engage, teach and develop the children and youth in their communities. 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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