According to UNICEF it is estimated that 170,000,000 Latin Americans live in absolute poverty. In Peru, 14% of the population is destitute, living in extreme poverty. This is the equivalent of 3,500,000 people, of which 2,000,000 are adolescent boys and girls.
Peru is a young country, where 30% of the people are children and 14% are adolescents (INEI, 1993). It is calculated that in Lima alone 1,500 to 2,000 boys and girls 6-17 years old live in the streets. This phenomenon is a consequence of many factors, including family crises, dysfunctional families, extreme poverty, domestic violence and child abuse within the family nucleus, the migration of people to Lima resulting in lack of basic services, and
the crisis of values that is so prevalent in our society.
For these and many other reasons, children run away from home seeking refuge in the streets. These children sleep wherever they can (along the sides of the rivers, public parks and abandoned houses) and form groups that roam around areas of the city. In the majority of these cases the children get involved with illicit activities such as robbery and deception. Desperate, dirty, living in rags, with precarious health, they get involved in drug abuse, such as cocaine or inhale vapors from solvents like Terokal (glue), risking drug dependency and later serious brain damage. Many, if not most of the assaults and robberies in the streets are done by these very boys.
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.
Oddly, the Peruvian government provides no funding for the rehabilitation of delinquent boys. CIMA relies totally on outside support from people like you.
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