Daniel is a boy in the fourth grade. He has two older brothers and lives with his family in rural farming community high in the Andes mountains. Daniel’s father and mother work hard to provide for the family’s basic needs as well as for Daniel’s elderly grandmother. Daniel loves to play soccer, and dreams of becoming a professional athlete one day. His favorite classes are math and art, and he likes to eat ceviche (a fish dish) and arroz chaufa (chicken fried rice).
Daniel Lopez Pajuelo
Huaylas Valley Childcare Center
The Huaylas Valley Child Development Center partners with a local church to minister to poor children. The church facilities are used to talk with children’s parents about education, nutrition, and the truth of Christianity. Every week children eat nutritious meals at the center. The center staff help children with their homework as well as provide supplies and clothes so that the children can attend school. Lastly, the center staff teach from God’s Word and disciple these children in their faith.
Peru is a culturally diverse country in South America. The majority of the population profess to be Christian, with the majority being Roman Catholic. Terrorism and social violence can be common in certain areas. Generally speaking, there is a lack of stable jobs and it is often difficult to find consistent work. Many fathers abandon their families, leaving them in challenging circumstances. Alcoholism, drug use, and gang violence are also prevalent in many communities.