According to UNICEF, it is estimated that 170,000,000 Latin Americans live in conditions of absolute poverty. In Peru, 14% of the population is in extreme poverty or indigence, an equivalent of 3.5 million inhabitants, of which 2 million are children and adolescents.
Peru is a young country, 30% are children and 14% are adolescents (INEI – 1993). In Lima alone, it is estimated that approximately 1,500 to 2,000 boys, girls and adolescents, aged between 6 and 17 years, live on the streets.
This phenomenon is a consequence of the family crisis that we are going through, the increase in dysfunctional families, extreme poverty, violence and child abuse originating within the family nucleus, migration to Lima that causes overcrowding of the members of one or several families in precarious houses that do not have basic services and the crisis of values that our society is experiencing. All this means that every day a child runs away from home and seeks refuge on the street.
These children sleep wherever they can (riverbanks, public squares, abandoned houses) and form groups that move around various areas of the city. In most cases these children engage in illicit activities such as theft or deception. Dirty, ragged, with very precarious health, they mainly consume drugs such as basic cocaine paste or inhale solvent vapors such as terokal, exposing themselves to dependence and later to serious brain damage.
Unfortunately, the Peruvian government does not have the resources to solve the problem of child crime. CIMA relies entirely on the support of people like you.
To learn more about our Casa Hogar and how to join our family, go to the link “Help us help”.
At CIMA’s home we work in a dedicated and efficient way, but we need to ask for donations to remain operational. Help us to help today that the children need it and they will be grateful.
Without the help of transparent and serious organizations like CIMA, these children would have no hope. CIMA was founded on the principle of giving hope to children and adolescents, without it they would be left abandoned on the streets facing terrible consequences. CIMA is hope for these children and for Peru