ABOUT THE COUNTRY
What makes Peru fascinating amongst the South American nations is the ancient civilizations that have inhabited its beautiful countryside, Andean Mountain Ranges, and Amazonian Rainforests. Visitors from around the world come to see the Incan Empire’s lost city on Machu Picchu, the adobe ruins of the Chan Chan people, and the mysterious Nazca Lines. Even though Spanish is the official language, over 100 different dialects are still spoken in the country.
While extremely rich in culture and beauty, Peru carries a long history of death, war, and oppression amongst its people. Woven through Peru’s past are the cannibal Wari People, the Incas who performed human sacrifice, the violent conquests of the Spanish, and most recently, the murder of thousands from 1980 – 1999 when the terrorist group known as “Shining Path” led a violent revolt against the Peruvian government.
Today 28% of Peru’s families live in a state of material poverty, earning only a few dollars a day. Unfortunately, alcoholism is prevalent amongst youth and adults, and drug-trafficking presents a tempting solution to many people’s financial difficulties. Children are regularly exposed to abuse, addiction, and violence and are more often than not left home alone to fend for themselves.
Casa Luz Home is known in Ayacucho, Peru, as a place where orphaned and abandoned children not only find shelter, but receive love, healing, and hope through Jesus. VisionTrust began partnering with Mariela Clark in 2006 and is helping provide these vulnerable children with meals, shelter, education and the love of Jesus.
Over the years Mariela began dreaming of not only helping orphaned children in Ayacucho, but children living in extreme poverty as well. In 2014 VisionTrust began partnering with Pastor Lenin at Getsemani Learning Center, and in 2015 with Pastor José at Maranatha Learning Center. Both of these Learning Centers were founded to provide a safe place for vulnerable children in Ayacucho to receive food, tutoring, health care, and most importantly, the love of Jesus.Read more about our work in Peru on the VisionTrust blog!
Meet the Kids
MEET OUR LOCAL HERO
Mariela Clark came to know the Lord when she was 15 years old. Six years later she enrolled in a Bible Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina and later was called to Peru with a mission agency to work with orphaned children. We are thrilled to partner with her and her husband Jorge as they run el Hogar de Niños Casa Luz.