COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Peru

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Peru

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

CCOVID-19 cases continue to rise in Peru, and about 85% of Peru’s ICU beds with ventilators are currently occupied. The country remains under a nationwide state of emergency that includes self-quarantine and closed borders. Peru’s national state of emergency has been extended to July 31, with quarantine measures lifted throughout most of the country on July 1. Curfews have been reduced in most regions to 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Large gatherings remain suspended, and commercial businesses must operate at a 50% capacity.

All Compassion frontline church partners have put 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. Church workers are working closely with local authorities to deliver supplies to families and have been able to distribute 161,319 food packs and 49,125 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have helped 1,370 individuals access medical support during the quarantine. Tutors and pastors are providing virtual counseling as needed to beneficiaries and caregivers.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Peru’s National Director

Hear from Cristina Zavala, National Director of Compassion Peru, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Peru.

Recorded: 04/30/2020

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

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 161,319 food packs and 49,125 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

It’s another day in quarantine and hundreds of families all over Lima, Peru, are wondering where their next meal is going to come from. At a time when people need hope, Felix, who is due to graduate from Compassion’s sponsorship program early next year, is finding ways to give back to his community.

“There are so many people in need, and we just want to help like we were helped by Compassion as children,” says Felix. “It’s something that comes from our hearts.”

Felix and a group of Compassion volunteers gather at 8 a.m. every Sunday to sort and pack groceries to deliver to Compassion-assisted families. It’s hot, tiring work, but the rewards are immeasurable.

“People were in tears, just thanking us for the bag and saying it’s a gift from God, that he exists, and that they didn’t have anything to eat any more before we came,” says Felix.

Felix says he recognizes this work wouldn’t be possible without sponsors’ support. “They’re like pillars in our lives,” he says. “They have shown us so much love through their contribution, and that helps us to share the blessing with others. It is all a reflection of each one of our sponsors.”

How can I pray for Peru?

This month, will you join us in praying for the medical system in Peru, that it will be able to handle the increasing number of cases of COVID-19? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

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