When you helped us rent and renovate the Hope House in Lima, Peru in January, our plan was that everyone would have a job and be a contributing member of the community. When the pandemic made work either unsafe, nonexistent, or both, we redefined our idea of success.
It costs us $12,000 a month for groceries, and rent costs another $5,800 per month. Your generous donations so far this year have literally saved children from starvation and kept families safe from COVID-19.
On the other side of the walls of the Hope House, the situation is grim.
Despite early, strict quarantine measures, Peru has the worst COVID infection and death rates in the world.
The economy has been hit hard. Peru is expected to experience one of the deepest recessions in the world this year. One in four workers in Peru are day laborers and now those jobs are not available, especially for foreigners, like the Venezuelans living in the Hope House.
People who do have jobs are at extreme risk of catching the virus due to crowded conditions on the streets. There is not adequate testing or health care to help people who do contract the virus. Public hospitals are overrun and it costs $3000 a day for COVID care in a private hospital. That’s more than the average person in Peru makes in six months.
The truth is there is no alternative. There is no way we could turn our backs on our neighbors in Lima now. We are committed with you to keep the Hope House safe, stocked with food, and full of life - the complete opposite of life outside the walls of the building.Help us keep hope alive in the Hope House!