CAFOD has worked in Peru since 1968. Our programme has been shaped by two main influences: our relationship with the Catholic Church and Peru's internal conflict.
Why CAFOD works in Peru
During the years of violence between 1980 - 2000, the country was ruled by an authoritarian and corrupt regime and many thousands of people were killed by the army and guerrilla forces.
Nearly a quarter of the population in Peru lives below the poverty line – mainly the informal workers and the indigenous communities in rural areas – and they still have little voice and influence in Peru’s political system. Mining and dam building have created widespread social and environmental damage and are threatening the livelihoods of many farming communities. Peru is the third most vulnerable country to climate change worldwide. As a result, water shortages are likely to increase in the near future. Cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed in Peru, prompting fears of a lack of equipment and hospitals being stretched to capacity.
CAFOD's work in Peru
Today, we work through ten partner organisations in Peru. Our programmes involve:
- Working with communities and advocacy groups and helping them to address environmental concerns related to mining.
- Pressing for greater accountability for communities by the government and private sector.
- Supporting education and job-creation in the shanty towns of Lima, especially with women, young people and children.