Project Story: Peru Lima

Peru is extremely varied: From diverse landscapes and fluctuating temperatures to wealth disparity throughout the country, Peruvians have very different living conditions. Income inequality has been a problem for decades, but has increased substantially in the last few years. The effects of COVID-19 drastically affected poverty rates as strict quarantine measures caused the economy to slow, leaving many families in difficult circumstances. Unemployment rates have skyrocketed to 30 percent nationally, measuring as high as 55 percent in some rural areas.

A significant contributor to Peruvian poverty is the country’s education gap. Although the oldest university in the Americas was founded in Peru in 1551, dropping out of school at a young age to help support your families is common. About one in six Peruvian children leave school between six and fourteen years old to work in mining and construction jobs. The pandemic has magnified prior economic issues that limited educational opportunities and made it difficult for children to attend school. Lack of educational infrastructure only increases the number of hurdles students have to overcome. The demand for education in Peru is high, but schools are unable to accommodate the number of children who want to attend.

This summer, HumanitarianXP Builders will be constructing classrooms for a community in the heart of Lima. The school currently operates above full capacity, due to damaged classrooms that have been deemed dangerous for students. Right now, the school operates on a first come, first serve basis, each day. As a result of Builders’ work this summer, 50 to 60 additional children in the community will be able to attend school and gain an education in a steady environment.