CRS in Peru
Catholic Relief Services has worked 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. Conflicts over natural resources remain common throughout the country, from the Sierra, to the Amazon and on the coast.
CRS is currently working with native communities, small-scale gold miners and farmers in the southern department of Madre de Dios, a part of the Amazon region, to ensure that these groups peacefully co-manage their natural resources in line with Government of Peru policies. To maximize results, CRS and Church partners leverage our position as part of the institutional network of social development organizations of the Catholic Church, which is a critical and influential actor in Peru and the wider Amazon region. This network includes the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM); the Latin American and Caribbean Secretariat of Caritas (SELACC); and the Ecclesial Pan-Amazon Network (REPAM). REPAM is a new network which CELAM and SELACC have formed to tackle urgent environmental and development needs in the Amazon region.
Country News and Stories
January 12, 2017
The Push and Pull of Climate Change
In both Chad and Bangladesh, people are being pushed by climate change and other factors to migrate in search of opportunity. In Peru, people are also on the move, this time answering the call of the South American gold...
January 12, 2017
The Pull of Peru’s Gold Rush
Years of illegal gold mining have taken their toll on parts of the Peruvian rainforest. People have left their homes and families, pulled to this part of the world by the promise of a golden opportunity. But that...
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The Hidden Face of Human Trafficking in Peru
Human trafficking in Madre de Dios, Peru has a strong connection to illegal gold mining.
CRS' History in Peru
Catholic Relief Services has worked in Peru since the 1950s working with church partners to alleviate suffering and reduce poverty through projects focusing on agricultural value chains, human rights, emergency response and food distribution, water and sanitation, conflict management and mitigation around natural resource management, microfinance, human trafficking and civil society strengthening.