The Economy in Peru has improved, but the state school has closed
The Peruvian economy has been outperforming those of neighboring countries for years now and Peru’s economy is among the fastest growing in the world. Which begs the question: is the help from The Netherlands that we offer the most underprivileged in Peru still necessary? Helena van Engelen, founder of Niños del Arco Iris, knows from experience that help is more crucial now than ever. Because, despite the significant economic progress of the past years, Peru is still struggling with high poverty rates and exceptionally large income inequality, mostly in remote communities in the mountains. The rich get richer, but the poor also stay poor. The gap between rich and poor is increasing. Helena provides an example: “There is a state school in Urubamba, but it has been closed for months because of strikes, social conflicts and turmoil. As a consequence, the children have been deprived of good education for more than half a year. Our preliminary school is the only place in the area where children have access to education and medical care. The need for those things is enormous.”
To keep Ninõs del Arco Iris running and to ensure the quality of education and care, we require money. Lots of it. “That is why it is so important that we can keep counting on the support of our donators and volunteers”, says Helena.
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