Context & Organizational Profile:
Minga Peru was founded in 1998, in the Loreto region of the Peruvian Amazon, where 40% of families live in poverty. Six thousand new cases of HIV/AIDS were detected in 2018, and domestic abuse against women continues to be prevalent in that region. Peru has the highest child labor rates in South America, with 21.8% of children ages 5-17 working in the informal sector, often in dangerous jobs. One International Labor Organization study found that 20.7% of children working in the informal sector are victims of sexual exploitation and 14.3% are victims of labor exploitation. There is a need to train youth in the Peruvian Amazon to access the information they need to plan for their futures and overcome these challenges.
EMpower’s grant to Minga will provide accurate information via radio on COVID to dispel myths and boost vaccinations, and to strengthen economic activities
Primary Location: Lima
Funded Since: 2002
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