Country Info

CARE first established its mission in Peru in 1952 and worked in the education sector until 1958. In 1970, activities resumed in response to the devastating earthquake in the Hauylas Mountains and have continued since. In response to the earthquake, CARE provided emergency relief and reconstructed water systems. This emergency response work turned into a longer-term focus on reforestation, natural resources, small business development and health promotion through the early 1990s.

Today, CARE Peru’s programs are structured around empowering vulnerable groups, especially women, indigenous groups and rural populations, to exercise their rights. CARE is focused on supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through programs in the areas of climate change, economic development, education, emergency and disaster risk reduction, gender equality, governance and extractive industries, health, HIV & AIDS, nutrition and integrated water resource management.

Specifically, CARE aims to increase household income, reduce chronic malnutrition, improve education quality, reduce maternal and infant mortality, improve access to water and sanitation and improve regional and local governance.

CARE Peru is registered as a Peruvian NGO and is an Affiliate Member of CARE International - a global confederation of 14 member organizations – Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany-Luxemburg, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States – working together to end poverty.

For more information or to contact us, please visit the CARE Peru website.

Our Work in Peru

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.


Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Peru

Girl Most Likely To: Become a Teacher, Despite the Odds

Girl Most Likely To: Become a Teacher, Despite the Odds

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Eulalia Ely Quispe Halanocca lives in Puno, Peru at the top of a mountain with her parents and six brothers. Her mother Maruja  is a housewife and her father Edwin is an alpaca shepherd. While there were schools in her region, they only taught in Spanish, which is a big problem for a girl who has grown up speaking only Quechua at home.

So Eulalia began attending boarding school during the week in the province of Azángaro, riding down the mountain with her father on his motorcycle.

Southern Foodways Alliance - Sustainable South: Asha Gomez in Peru

Asha Gomez of Cardamom Hill in Atlanta, Georgia, treated guests at the 16th Southern Foodways Symposium last October to a Country Captain Thali Tray Lunch, a meal embracing her two Souths (Kerala, the southwestern-most region of India and the American South—you can learn more about that in June when we unveil our newest Greenhouse film that features Asha.)

Carina Nicolas Zamora

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Carina is an entrepreneur and mother in Ayacucho Peru located in the Andes Mountians.

Through CARE’s micro-savings and lending programs, Carina and other women have helped reduce malnutrition by raising guinea pigs that provide a stable source of protein and income for their families. The CARE program organized women into small groups, gave them loans of $100 and taught them how to raise guinea pigs, a local delicacy. Today, Carina continues to raise and sell guinea pigs to restaurants and local markets and is able to provide for and feed her children.