ABOUT PERU 2018-06-13T08:44:18+00:00



Volunteer Work
MSH is currently looking for volunteers to help us manage the transportation of 10-15 children with special needs, who travel everyday from Ollantaytambo to Urubamba, to attend the amazing Arco Iris School, run by the NGO Kiya Survivors. Without this service, many of these children would have no access to education, and many would spend the entire day alone in their homes.
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Sponsor a child or disabled person in Peru

MySmallHelp Peru believes that all children and disabled people should have access to their basic human rights and that providing education and health care is the key to a brighter future.
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Peru is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Peruvian territory was home to the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of stability and economic upswing.

Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. It is a developing country with a high Human Development Index score and a poverty level around 31%. Its main economic activities include agriculture, fishing, mining, and manufacturing of products such as textiles.

The Peruvian population, estimated at 29.5 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.