Outreach Peru, in nurturing hope and faith for a better life, promotes
projects in nutrition, health, education and sustainable development, supports the
life of the Church, and provides aid to vulnerable people.
The joys and the hopes, the sorrows and the anxieties of the people
of Peru inspire Worth Abbey’s Outreach Peru. Together with our
partners, Outreach Peru is working towards a society where poverty is
ended so that the physical, social and spiritual well-being of the
people of Peru is assured.
Outreach Peru is the development fund of Worth Abbey for
Peru. Worth Abbey is a Benedictine community near London Gatwick
Airport. The Benedictine monks of Worth Abbey have worked in Peru since
1968. Though the monks are no longer resident in Peru, Outreach Peru
continues that work. Worth monks have extensive local knowledge as well
as excellent relationships with the Church and those local
organisations who use money wisely. Central to the work is listening to
Peruvians speaking for themselves. Outreach Peru funds projects that
involve Peruvians in the design and practical applications of their own
At Outreach Peru, we see first hand that the International Monetary
Fund classification of Peru as a middle income country means that
people in poverty are often being excluded from international measures
to reduce poverty. The British Government closed its aid operation
there in 2005. Yet, over half the population in Peru are living in
poverty, which means they do not even have enough money to fill a
family food basket and nearly a quarter are in a struggle for daily
existence. 14 million Peruvians are in danger of being forgotten by the
Outreach Peru supports well-targeted projects in nutrition, health, education
and the development of sustainable livelihoods that experience shows
really do help people out of poverty. We know that the presence of
women at the heart of development strategies is a vital part of long
term sustainability. The Church is one of Peru’s most reliable
organisations. By nurturing moral and spiritual formation, especially
of young Peruvians, Outreach Peru is developing Peru’s greatest
resource, its people.
There are global dimensions to all poverty reduction projects.
Outreach Peru supports co-ordinated UK advocacy related to its
Peru is one of the larger countries in South America (five times bigger than the UK) with a wealth of natural resources. The population is approximately 27 million (UN estimate). Over 50% of the population is living in poverty (less than $2 per day) with 24% of people living in absolute poverty (under $1 per day). The business language is Spanish, but many people speak Quechua or Aymara.
In the areas in which we work…
- Many struggle daily to have enough to eat, they do not have adequate shelter, they have limited access to fresh water and often there is no sewage system.
- Women are still dying in childbirth.
- Children under 5 are dying due to malnutrition.
- Children are not safe and some are being exploited and abused.
- People cannot gain access to professional doctors and medical supplies.
- Many families do not have the skills to keep themselves healthy.
- Families are struggling to grow basic subsistence crops.
- Children, especially in rural areas, are often deprived of good quality schooling. Instead, girls in particular are looking after livestock, caring for siblings and helping their mother in the house.
The Church is often the only institution that they trust.