Peru

Victor Hugo Pachas looks out over land that has been devastated by illegal and small-scale gold mining. Photo by Óscar Leiva for CRS

Victor Hugo Pachas looks out over land that has been devastated by illegal and small-scale gold mining. Photo by Óscar Leiva for CRS

Catholic Relief Services has been in Peru for more than 60 years. Although Peru has shown sustained economic growth in recent years and is now considered a middle-income country, huge gaps between rich and poor still pose major challenges. In addition to disaster response preparations, we are currently working with poor indigenous communities in the northern Amazon region and the southern department of Madre de Dios. Our projects train local indigenous communities to increase and improve their knowledge of extractive industry activities in their territories; the management of local resources; and how to advocate for more justice and equity around extractives policies that are having harmful impacts in their area. The majority of these efforts are carried out through our various church partners.

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Stats

Population:30,147,935 (July 2014 est.)
Size:496,225 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Alaska
People Served:8,261

History

Catholic Relief Services has been in Peru since the 1950s working with church partners to alleviate suffering and reduce poverty through the development of multiple projects, including agricultural, human rights, food distribution, microfinance, AIDS counseling and civil society strengthening. Beginning in 2009, CRS adopted a new zonal development strategy for South America that changed our traditional focus for the country. A new singular strategy for both Bolivia and Peru was developed that would help CRS focus in helping poor indigenous communities achieve better access to and management of their natural resources.

Partners

CooperAcción
CEAS: Peruvian Conference of Bishops' Social Action Commission
CAAAP: The Amazonian Center for Anthropology and Practical Application

Programs

Civil Society and Governance
Disaster Response
Peacebuilding


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