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Ministry Highlight: Peru

peru-facts Compassion began its ministry in Peru in 1985 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2003, both the Child Survival Program and the Leadership Development program began.

Due to the extreme poverty of many Peruvian children, the Triennial Health Program launched in 1988. Focusing on disease prevention, our Peru ministry leaders hired a physician and two social workers to conduct training workshops at the Implementing Church Partners for all of our staff.

These workshops taught staff members how to identify common disease symptoms and prevent common diseases with good health habits. Out of this program, the Children’s Health Patrol began.

Children’s Health Patrol trained children to detect disease symptoms among their peers, then report any symptoms to church partner staff. This program was eventually implemented in other countries where we work.

Country Director

Cristina Zavala joined Compassion Peru as a Sponsor and Donor Ministry Coordinator in 1999 and later became the Sponsor and Donor Ministry Manager. She was appointed Country Director in 2005.

Before coming to Compassion, Cristina worked in secretarial positions at several companies including the Alliance Bible Institute. During her university years, Cristina organized evangelism programs and volunteered as a spiritual counselor.

Cristina holds a master’s degree in management administration; she also completed additional courses in theology and pastoral ministry while working at the Alliance Bible Institute. She is part of the pastoral team at her church and serves on the church board.

Implementing Church Partners

Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Peru with whom we work to deliver child development and ministry in the field.

Child Survival Program

Child Development Through Sponsorship

Your sponsorship of a child in Peru provides a variety of benefits.

Peruvian schools offer a morning schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and an afternoon schedule from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Children generally attend the child development center either in the morning or the afternoon, whenever they are not in school. However, some Implementing Church Partners hold activities on Saturdays so children can more fully enjoy their time at the development center and have more energy to participate.

Leadership Development Program

Complementary Interventions

Our core child sponsorship program, while comprehensive, does not address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. The Complementary Interventions program was created to work with our holistic child development model to provide additional services, such as our AIDS Initiative, Bibles for all children, disaster relief [3] and water projects.

Each child development center is informed of the Complementary Interventions benefits available, such as medical reimbursement, educational reimbursement or disaster relief.

Depending on the need and the level of urgency, the Implementing Church Partner will assess the situation and, in the case of an emergency, will provide the necessary assistance. A staff member then sends the required help through a Complementary Intervention program.

Common Complementary Interventions requests are for income-generating skills such as baking, pastry-making and buffet preparation. Water tanks are requested for the northern coast of Peru because there is a lack of water, and classroom repair is requested for the Andes region due to damage from heavy rains.

Highly Vulnerable Children

The primary Highly Vulnerable Children needs and corresponding strategies in Peru are: