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At a glance: Peru


Hundreds of thousands affected by devastating floods in Peru
CARAPONGO, Peru, 25 March 2017 - Nine-year-old Aldony Cabrera proudly admits to being a Star Wars fan. Carrying his plastic light sabre, he walks through the devastation in Carapongo - a community near Lima, the capital of Peru - caused by some of the worst flooding in decades.

In Amazonian Peru, a simple, life-saving solution to waterborne illness
IQUITOS, Peru, 21 March 2013 – Cinthia Alado is worried about her son Andy. The 7-month-old has been suffering from stomach pain.

Lady Gaga visits Child Friendly School in Peru
PACHACÚTEC, Ventanilla District, Peru, 27 November 2012 – Following her Born This Way Ball concert in Lima, five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter and UNICEF supporter Lady Gaga paid a surprise visit to a UNICEF-supported school in Ventanilla District, Peru, on the outskirts of Lima. The students were shocked and delighted that the megastar had come to visit their school to share a day of activities and to get to know them.

Nutrition surveillance keeps malnutrition at bay in Peru
LIMA, Peru, 9 January 2012 – In the Andean community of Rosaspata, in Vinchos District, a community health promoter has invited children, their parents and a health centre representative to the local community hall for the area’s biweekly nutrition surveillance programme.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director visits programmes for children in Peru
VENTANILLA, Peru, 1 March 2011 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Martin Mogwanja recently visited Ventanilla, an urban district half an hour from the Peruvian capital, Lima, to learn about the living conditions of Peru’s children and adolescents.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover visits Peru to support 'Buena Onda' campaign
UCAYALI and LIMA, Peru, 27 October 2010 – Actor, filmmaker and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover made headlines recently for his extensive trip through Peru, in promotion of UNICEF’s ‘Buena Onda’ (Good Mood) campaign, dedicated to improving the lives of Peruvian children across the country.

UNICEF Peru helps communities counter gang violence
NEW YORK, USA, 3 September 2010 – Young people in a pilot violence prevention programme launched by UNICEF Peru are speaking out on violence, education and health in their communities.

Birth registration for indigenous children in Peru's Amazonian region
CANAMPA, Peru, 9 August 2010 – Fermin Tetsa Sanchick, 35, has worked as a civil registrar in the indigenous community of Canampa, in Peru’s Amazonas region, since 2000. He says that he is proud of his work, and that his greatest accomplishment is registering the births of 200 children among the ‘awajun’ indigenous group – his own community.

Playrooms for young population affected by Peru quake serve many roles
CHINCHA, Peru, 7 April 2008 – Every day, Rosa Linda Díaz and her son Daniel have lunch at the Los Angelitos centre in Pueblo Nuevo, Chincha Province.

Temporary classrooms get earthquake-affected students back to school in Peru
PISCO, Peru, 8 February 2008 – In the earthquake that shook the Peruvian provinces of Ica, Pisco and Chincha in August 2007, one of the most evident disasters was the destruction of 635 of the region’s schools.

Peru earthquake survivors learn about hygiene through creative presentations
PISCO, Peru, 3 January 2008 – Survivors of the earthquake that devastated Peru in August of last year are still desperately in need of help. There are roughly 24,000 people still living in approximately 100 camps, waiting to return to their homes.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gian Marco Zignago visits shelters in earthquake-ravaged areas of Peru
LIMA, Peru, 14 September 2007 – UNICEF Peru Goodwill Ambassador Gian Marco Zignago recently visited with victims of last month’s devastating earthquake in Pisco, Peru. Mr. Zignago, a popular Peruvian entertainer, listened intently as many children told him of their experiences and their ongoing fears. The singer also shared his own childhood memories of an earthquake.

After devastating quake, getting Peruvian children back to school is a priority
PISCO, Peru, 30 August 2007 – More than 220,000 children in southern Peru are waiting to return to school after the devastating earthquake of 15 August. Getting back to school is one of the most effective ways for children to resume a sense of normalcy in their lives after a traumatic event. 

One week on, more aid needed to meet Peru quake survivors’ critical needs
NEW YORK, USA, 22 August 2007 – “I was watching TV in my room when suddenly the power went out,” recalled Peruvian earthquake survivor Ivan, 11.

UNICEF joins relief effort after earthquake hits populated urban areas of Peru
NEW YORK, USA, 17 August 2007 – UNICEF has joined the relief effort following a powerful earthquake that shook Peru on 15 August, killing more than 500 people, injuring over 1,600 and affecting a total of 85,000, including thousands left homeless.

UNICEF Executive Board heads to Peru
NEW YORK, USA, 4 April 2007 - UNICEF’s Executive Board, led by Board President Ambassador Javier Loayza Barea of Bolivia, recently visited Peru to see how UNICEF’s work has helped to tackle some of the issues in this developing society.

A former victim of domestic violence advocates for gender equality in Peru
AYACUCHO, Peru, 27 February 2007 – Luzmila cannot finish smiling, for her tears immediately appear. She is sitting in her office in Jesús Nazareno municipality, recalling the times in her childhood when she saw her mother hiding under a table to flee her father’s heavy hands.

Rocio Bello Bautista, 15, builds resilience through street football in Peru
NEW YORK, USA – On a gloomy Thursday afternoon after classes end, Rocio Vanessa Bello Bautista, 15, has no time to waste. She is on her way to a local playground in Villa El Salvador, Peru, to start a football match.

Peru community project promotes healthy development of Andean children
NEW YORK, USA, 29 June 2006 – The people from the Huama community in the Peruvian Andes know exactly what they want.

In Peru, presidential hopefuls commit to ‘Vote for Children’
LIMA, Peru, 26 April 2006 – Gustavo Romero Velarde, 17, saw the presidential election held in Peru earlier this month as an opportunity to make a difference for young people in his country. During a highly publicized encounter before the 9 April election, Gustavo and 20 of his peers met with the six top presidential candidates to put children’s rights firmly at the top of the agenda for both politicians and voters.

Dilver gets off to a good start
LAMAY, Peru, April 2006 – It was summer when Diana and Evaristo met in Lima, Peru. She was 16 years old and he 18. Diana had tended cattle on her parents’ land since she was little, but had decided to leave her home in Lamay, in the Cascabamba district of the Andean region, in search of a new life in the capital. Coming from a parochial environment and quite shy, she was unable to find work. Thus she returned to Lamay after some time.

Promoting healthier child care practices through photography in Peru’s Amazon
NEW YORK, USA, 13 January 2006 – It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But in the Peruvian Amazon, where the majority of the population cannot read or write, a picture can be worth far more than that. In a unique initiative UNICEF has launched the Good Start Project which uses photography to convey potentially life saving information to mothers and pregnant women.

Peru: Education is key to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS
CUSCO, Peru, 10 November 2005 – The vast majority of people infected with HIV/AIDS in Peru are young adults – most of whom have no idea they are carrying the virus. The most common route of transmission is through sexual contact, but taboos surrounding the subject have hindered attempts to raise awareness.

UNICEF and FIFA’s ‘Teenagers Always Win!’ campaign: a success in Peru
LIMA, 5 October 2005 – The ‘Teenagers Always Win!’ campaign, an alliance between UNICEF and FIFA – international football’s governing body – ended on Saturday, 1 October 2005. FIFA President Joseph Blatter and UNICEF’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, brought the campaign to a close with an entertaining and informal discussion attended by teenagers selected from the different venues where the Under-17 World Cup was played.

New UNICEF-FIFA alliance promotes youth rights through football
CHICLAYO, Peru, 16 July 2005 – UNICEF and FIFA announced a new alliance on Saturday as festivities for the U-17 World Cup (16 September – 2 October) kicked off in Peru. Under the slogan ‘Teenagers always win!’ UNICEF and FIFA have joined forces to use football to promote youth rights and help recognize the potential of young people as one of Peru’s greatest assets.

Peru: Cold weather deadly for children
NEW YORK, 28 June 2005 - In the mountainous regions of Peru, children routinely die from exposure to cold weather during the winter months. Between June and August, temperatures often plummet below 0 degrees Celsius in the higher regions of the Andes, resulting in what many refer to as a cold weather ‘emergency’.

Hepatitis B threatens an entire culture with extinction
LIMA, 13 June 2005 – UNICEF, working with the Peruvian Ministry of Health, has launched a vaccination campaign to stop a Hepatitis B epidemic in the Upper Amazon. The disease, if not controlled, threatens to wipe out two indigenous groups, the Candoshis and the Shapras. Both groups live in relative isolation from the outside world, maintaining a rich and traditional culture.

Copa América football tournament dedicated to the children of Peru
LIMA, 14 July 2004 – With a campaign entitled “¡Con los niños sí se gana!” (“You win with children!”), the South American Soccer Federation (in Spanish, the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol or CONMEBOL) and UNICEF are dedicating the Copa América 2004 to the children of the host country, Peru. Together with Euro Cup 2004, Copa América is the most important regional soccer event in the world.

Children die as severe weather hits Peru
LIMA, Peru, 15 July 2004 - UNICEF is launching an urgent appeal to help hundreds of thousands of children facing starvation and disease as a result of severe cold weather in Peru.

Children win as final whistle blows at Copa América 2004
LIMA, 25 July 2004 – Children were the centre of attention during the recent football tournament, Copa América 2004.

60 children die as freezing weather hits Peru
LIMA, 25 July 2004 – Freezing temperatures in Peru have killed more than 60 children, according to reports.  Peruvian authorities are still struggling to deliver supplies to isolated mountain regions in southern and central Peru, where a cold wave has killed dozens of people.




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