According to UNICEF, it is estimated that 170 millions Latin Americans are in conditions of absolute poverty. In Peru, 14% of the population is in extreme poverty or indigence, equivalent to 3 and a half million inhabitants, of which 2 million are children and teenagers.
Peru is a young country, 30% are children and 14% are teenagers (INEI – 1993). Only in Lima it is estimated that approximately 1500 to 2000 children and teenagers live on the street, aged between 6 and 17 years.
This phenomenon is a consequence of the family crisis we are going through, the increase in dysfunctional families, extreme poverty, violence and domestic child mistreatment or abuse, migration to Lima that causes overcrowding of members of one or several precarious families, housing that do not have basic services and the crisis of values that our society lives. All this causes a child to escape from his home every day and seek refuge in the street.
These children sleep where they can (river banks, public squares, abandoned houses) and form groups that roam around areas of the city. In most cases these children engage in illicit activities such as theft or deception. Desperate, dirty, living in rags, with a very precarious health they get involved in the consumption of drugs like basic paste of cocaine or inhale vapors of solvents like the terokal, exposing themselves to a dependence and later to serious cerebral damages.
Without the help of trustworthy organizations like CIMA, these children literally have no hope. CIMA is founded on the principle of giving hope to boys who would otherwise remain on the streets, facing all the terrible consequences that go along with that life. CIMA is hope for these boys and for the future of Peru.
Unfortunately, the Peruvian government does not have the resources for funding for the rehabilitation of delinquent boys. CIMA depends completely on the support of people like you.
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At the CIMA Home we are ever diligent, but we must solicit funds to stay operational. Please help us today. We await your response.