Peru

The Lighthouse Family Centre

The Lighthouse Family Centre serves children and families in an impoverished jungle community

outside of Pucallpa. Abuse and trauma in families is common in Pucallpa, and our goal is to prevent this and help families break out of negative cycles and move toward healthy relationships.

As with all of our Care Centres, we offer some of the community’s most vulnerable children additional educational support, nutritious food, sports, life skills programmes and trauma informed counselling.

There is also a group for parents of the children we work with so they are exposed to some of the

teaching that their kids hear during the week. After the teaching time, men and women go to separate groups for discipleship and skills training. The women are currently working on sewing projects that they can sell; the goal is to help them earn enough to buy their own sewing machines, allowing them to generate income for their families.

We have even formed a partnership with a local health centre, which now provides psychological and dental services to our kids.

We are passionate about helping troubled teens and their families restore relationships, support

abused young people in their search for justice, and build deeper connections with the families

of kids in our programme. We are confident that we can accomplish our goals because God is working through us.

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The Lighthouse Family Centre: A story of hope

Meet Juan*

Juan* started coming to the Lighthouse Family Centre when he was seven years old. His community is poverty stricken, which means many children go hungry and are neglected. Because of Kids Alive, Juan had access to academic support, healthy food, and Bible teaching. Now he is 16, recently graduated second in his school class, and was selected to receive a government scholarship for higher education.

He faithfully attends church, and he serves his church family by cleaning the auditorium. For several years, Juan has participated in Arbol International’s initiative to raise and care for chickens on the Family Centre property, which has taught him both discipline and a trade that will be useful for generating income in the future.

We are very proud of this young man whose life has been transformed, and we look forward to watching him walk confidently into his future.

* name changed to protect privacy

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