COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Peru

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Peru

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Peru is reporting an average of 1,841 cases of COVID-19 daily as of July 19, a decrease from the 3,000 daily cases recorded in June. Peru has administered nearly 11 million vaccine doses, enough to fully vaccinate almost 17% of its 31.9 million people, up from about 7% in June. Hospitals continue to be overwhelmed by the number of cases, with few beds available for severe cases and low supplies. COVID restrictions were extended until at least the end of August by the president of Peru. Schools began virtually on March 15 and are set to continue online indefinitely.

All Compassion centers have suspended on-site children's and youths' activities. Around 20% of centers are currently able to meet in small groups. 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 almost 928,000 food packs and almost 692,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have helped over 61,000 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. Around 20% of centers are able to hold small group gatherings. 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 almost 928,000 food packs and almost 692,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Peru

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Before the pandemic, Cristhian’s dad, Wilber, a gardener, made extra money painting pottery and selling it to visitors in their hometown of Sacred Valley, a famous tourist area. But when the pandemic hit, no tourists meant no additional income. He didn’t know how he would be able to support his wife and three children.

In incredible timing, Compassion launched a partnership with the local church in Wilber’s community in March 2020. Cristhian, then 9 years old, was registered in the Child Sponsorship Program. His center intervened immediately and helped meet this family’s needs through food baskets, hygiene kits, school supplies and psychological support.

“Who does this? Who gives you food during a pandemic? Who cares for your children like this? Who calls you to ask how you and your family are doing, like the psychologist does? We’ve been so blessed! We’re one grateful family,” says Wilber.

How can I pray for Peru?

Pray for the children who have been at home and not able to attend school for over a year – with no end in sight. 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 Critical Program Needs Fund
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