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Peru is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peru is an extremely biodiverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of the Andes mountains vertically extending from the north to the southeast of the country, to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon river. Because of its varied geography and climate, Peru has a high biodiversity with 21,462 species of plants and animals.

  • Capital: Lima
  • Population: 32.17 million
  • Language: Spanish and Quechua
  • Peru is the home of the famous Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains, above the Urubamba River valley.

Our History in Peru

In 1982, FH began working in Peru in response to flooding caused by El Niño and later began working in the capital of Lima by sponsoring soup kitchens, carrying out values-based activities with children, as well as an emergency food program emphasizing care for those with TB. In 1986, FH began its child sponsorship and community development programs. Since then, FH has focused efforts on long-term development work in communities across Chepen, Lima, Pucallpa, Chincha and Huancavelica.

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Stories From Peru

Livelihoods - Invest to Grow

A Young Woman’s Journey to Resilience in Peru

Through Strengthen Communities, Food for the Hungry (FH) works to strengthen both communities as a whole and the individuals who form them. FH partners with local leaders and families within the communities to create solutions to overcome their biggest challenges. With the help of donors, FH staff partners with community

Peru Chicken Story Submission - Official Story 2023

Mother of Four Learns to Help Family Thrive

Nilda Apari is a mother of four children who lives with her husband in the community of Quinta Boliviana–Huancavelica in Peru. As part of caring for her children, she raised hens in an attempt to provide food for them to eat. But the hens contributed only a portion of the


Key Challenges

35% of women have reported suffering physical or sexual violence | 20.7% of the population lives under the poverty line | More than half of Peruvians in rural areas live in poverty

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If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.