Our Homes: NPH Peru

PERU COVID-19 Updates

NPH Peru has held talks with staff and children about the severity of the virus, and nurses have given talks on how to wash hands and take additional precautions regarding hygiene. The children are currently on summer break. The start of school has been postponed for two weeks and is likely to be delayed another 15 days, at the very least. Since March 22, outsiders no longer enter the home, and two university students have returned to help cook meals as a temporary measure. Our purchasing coordinator comes into the home only when absolutely necessary.

Caregivers who normally work five-day shifts agreed to remain for the 15-day government-imposed quarantine, with the likely possibility of a 15- to 20-day extension of the quarantine by officials. Currently, children and caregivers are under full quarantine and cannot leave their casitas. All the games, books, and coloring sheets we could find around the home were collected and divided among the casitas so all the kids would have materials to play with to help fight tedium in the coming days and weeks.

PeruPeru Facts

Area:
798,598 square miles – slightly smaller than Alaska

Population:
31,331,228 (July 2018 est.)

Languages:
Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, and many minor Amazonian languages

Issues:
Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, landslides, mild volcanic activity, civil war and pollution

Discover NPH Peru

The home was originally located in rented accommodations in Cajamarca, a small city in the northern Andes Mountains. Because of difficult accessibility – it was 13 hours by car from Lima – the home was relocated to a rental site in Lunahuaná – closer to the capital – in May 2007. The children moved to the permanent site, Casa Santa Rosa, in October 2011, although construction is ongoing.

NPH Peru Facts

Opened:
October 6, 2004

Children/youth fully supported:
100

Total services provided:
101 (includes children and youth fully supported, community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services.)

Location:
Two hours south of Lima, the capital, in San Vicente de Cañete

Features:
37 acres of land; garden; playground; clinic; therapy center; solar water heaters; fully independent water system, including tower, well and sewage treatment plant

Did you know?

  • Peru is the first country in South America to have an NPH home.
  • Each of the family-style homes is designed to accommodate 16 children and two caregivers.
  • A leadership group plans special events, assists new children with the adaptation to living at the home and serves as mentors.
  • The school year begins in mid-March.
  • The children currently attend local schools. Many had never been to school prior to joining NPH. A special education program was added in 2015.
  • A bakery, which is the home’s first vocational workshop, was completed in 2016. It will provide the opportunity for youth to learn a valuable trade, as well as provide bread for the home.
  • In 2018, children began attending dance and music lessons three times a week to learn regional cultural traditions.
  • Corn has been cultivated as feed for livestock and to generate income since 2017. Currently two hectares are producing 70 tons of corn about every four months.
  • The NPH OneFamily program was launched in 2018 with home visits, family awareness sessions and a parental training program.

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More Information:

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• Fact Sheet (PDF)
Home Map (PDF)
Visitor’s Guide (PDF)

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Bolivia | Dominican Republic | El Salvador | Guatemala | Haiti | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua | Peru