Relief Efforts in Peru
CARE International is 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.
CARE first worked in Peru between 1952 and 1958, in the field of education. We resumed our activities following a devastating earthquake in 1970, and have remained there since. As well as delivering ongoing programs, CARE Peru is now a full member of CARE International confederation.
Peru is a middle-income country with high levels of inequality. Many people live in extreme poverty with scarce access to health services and education. Our programs empower vulnerable groups, including women, indigenous groups and rural populations, to exercise their rights.
CARE has been responding to the Venezuela migrant and refugee crisis with a gender sensitive approach. Peru has been a final destination for many of those fleeing Venezuela. There are approximately 860,000 registered Venezuelans in Peru, but this number rises to more than 1 million including irregulars (those without documentation or permission to remain including those not able to apply for asylum because of bureaucratic obstacles, long waiting periods, or high application fees) and other informal arrivals.
CARE is assisting Venezuelans in Peru with unconditioned cash transfers to address the key humanitarian needs of food, accommodation and transport. Providing water, sanitation and hygiene kits and temporary shelter materials as well as refurbishing existent shelters and health clinics. CARE is also providing hot meals and strengthening legal clinics with social support services as well as providing psychosocial support with a focus of gender-based violence survivors and victims of trafficking. CARE also provides livelihoods support through finance and technical assistance for small ventures, especially those led by women.