This Home opened in 1992 to care for orphaned, abused and abandoned children. The Home currently has 30 children in five 'families' where their physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs are met. Eventually six family homes will each house eight children. Each home has a kitchen, dining room, living room, and outside play area. Some of our graduates, grateful for the opportunities they’ve been given, have a strong desire to work with children at risk in the future.
Manchay is a desert town of over 100,000 people on the outskirts of Lima where people live in one or two-room shacks without electricity or running water. The children are victims of extreme poverty, malnutrition and abuse and have few positive male role models.
There are 90 children from Manchay registered at the Oasis Centre. Half come for our preschool programme and receive two meals, Bible lessons and early childhood education. The others come either before or after school for our Homework Club and receive a meal, Bible lessons, help with homework and counselling. We also provide all the children with basic health care. Another programme works with the mothers, providing discipleship classes, parenting classes and vocational training (jewelry making, sewing).
Nestled in the Andes mountains, Andahuaylas is one of the poorest cities in Peru. Seventy percent of the population have no access to electricity, running water, or proper sanitation services. Many children cannot attend school and illiteracy rates are high. There are also high rates of infant and maternal mortality, malnutrition, disease, alcoholism and domestic abuse. Even children in stable households often must fend for themselves as parents travel great distances to find work.
The Home was started in an attempt to help children who were poor, abused, and abandoned or who lived too far out in the mountains to travel to school. The Home now cares for about 20 boys and girls who receive shelter, nutritious food, clothing, education and basic job skill training so they can become self-sufficient. Most importantly, they learn about God in a safe and loving environment. The Home is able to serve over 30 abandoned and abused women daily by providing medical care, education, counselling and skills training to enable them to support their families.
The Pucallpa Care Centre was started 36 years ago, providing technical training and Christian discipleship to young adults to help them break the cycle of poverty while introducing them to Jesus. Many of their graduates have pursued technical careers and are professionals today in and around Pucallpa. But the greatest joy has been spreading the Christian faith in the community and seeing these graduates lead godly lives.
In 2005, a girls club programme for nine girls in the community began. Since then, the numbers have grown to over 150 children aged 7-17 years, coming weekly for tutoring, playtime, sports, and Bible study. Because of many teen pregnancies, and the pressure for children to drop out of school and work to provide for their family, children in the community suffer from malnutrition and a lack of education. Kids Alive Peru hopes to change these children’s lives through the Care Centre. Working with the current missionaries and staff, we plan to expand the programme to help more children. Most of all, our desire is to meet their spiritual need by introducing these young people to Jesus – so that they may know the God who created them and loves them unconditionally.