SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Peru).

Chosica-Esperanza is situated in the Lurigancho-Chosica district in the Lima region. Around 303,000 people live here. Life in Lima and its surroundings has many challenges. When people move to the city, many end up living in slums in the outskirts. Children and young people who move here with their families, often live in unstable situations with a lack of access to basic facilities, and to education.

Since 1975, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Chosica-Esperanza.

Of mothers use physical punishment

Children face physical punishment

According to the National Demographic and Health Survey, nearly 20% of Peruvian mothers consider corporal punishment as a necessary part of educating their children. This varies throughout different regions and partly depends on the educational opportunities that parents have had. However, children exposed to violence can develop physical, mental and behavioural problems in later life. Families need support so that they can stay together and children can live in safe environments.

Of children living in youth centres left home before 15

Young people need support

Nearly 39% of children living in youth centres left home before turning 15 years old. And the majority of young people living there are boys and young men. Many of them have dropped out of school. More than half of those living in centres, have not completed secondary school. Since one of the top three reasons for leaving home is to look for work, young people need extra protection so that they are not attracted to drug trafficking or gangs with the hope of earning money quickly.

Your support makes a difference for children in Chosica-Esperanza

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Could attend kindergartens
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
After school, children and young people can play together, often outdoors (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Peru).

How your support helps in Chosica-Esperanza

Strengthening families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run trainings so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Providing quality education and training
SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children and young people have access to high-quality education. We help them learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. We train teachers on children’s rights and child-centered learning, so that each child can get the most out of their education. Young children spend time playing and learning at kindergarten. This prepares them for primary school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.