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Sponsors have helped Peruvian children since 1985, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Peru to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

western South America

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, volleyball

foods: maize, potatoes, ceviche (marinated fish), cuy (roasted guinea pig)

celebrations: Inti Raymi (a festival of sun worship), Catholic holidays like Fiesta de la Cruz and Corpus Christi

Claim to Fame

was home to the Incas, who built the mysterious ancient city of Machu Picchu

Wild Residents

llamas, Andean foxes, pumas, finches

Poverty Pitfalls

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Many kids drop out of school to work jobs. Sponsored children in Peru stay in school instead of working jobs.
There isn't enough clean water or sewage systems. Kids eat healthy food and drink clean water at their Compassion centers.
Many people can't find jobs that pay enough to meet their families' needs. Tutors teach children skills that will help them get good jobs as adults.

Fun Facts

almost double the size of Texas

money: sol

includes some of the Andes mountain range and Amazon rain forest

Llama and guinea pig meat are popular foods.

includes tropical, desert and mountainous areas

home to one of the world's largest sand dunes - Cerro Blanco

People ride buggies and go sand boarding down the dunes for fun.

Stat Snapshot


Peru ?? United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


31,036,656 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

22.7% 15.1%


Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, Ashaninka

English, Spanish, Chinese, other


Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, other 3.3%, none 2.9%

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$13,300 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018


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