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Abandoned & At-Risk Children
The Girasoles Program began in 1987 with a small group of Peruvian volunteers who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children living in the streets of Lima.
Armed with nothing more than some sandwiches and soccer balls, volunteers faithfully went out into the streets at night to share Christ’s love with these children.
Today, the Girasoles Program is composed of five different homes around the country of Peru. Our homes are located across all three of Peru’s main geographical regions: the coast, the mountains, and the jungle.
While the children we serve are culturally diverse, they generally have one common element regardless of their background—a very negative self-image. Many have undergone years of neglect, abuse, and abandonment before arriving to our homes, and after being marginalized and mistreated for so long many of them believe that they are the problem.
Our staff at each home work hard to change their world view. Our goal is to provide a Christian family environment for each child, where they can be nurtured physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We strive to provide a safe environment for each child coupled with proper care, counseling and education.
Our message to each child is that they do not have to be defined by their past. Instead, we share that God created them in His image with a specific purpose. For that reason, they have infinite value, are worthy of being loved and of sharing that love with others.
Through its work with the deaf, Scripture Union seeks to address the physical and spiritual needs of the deaf community through various programs and activities.
Historically, deaf Peruvians have faced many challenges, including lack of access to education, unemployment, difficulties within the legal system, and were unable to legally marry until the late 1980s.
Approximately 95% of deaf children in Peru are born into hearing families that have no experience with signs. Through our program, deaf adults teach sign language to deaf children and their families. In addition to signs, deaf children also learn about their culture – the deaf culture – and are able to build a personal identity and self esteem.
Our ministry to the deaf currently offers many programs for the deaf community in Lima, including:
- Traditional beach camps for all ages in the summer
- “Survival Week” camp where hearing campers and counselors communicate only through sign language.
- Scripture Union manages a list of registered interpreters who assist the deaf in court hearings, hospitals, police stations, or even in church meetings, conferences, etc.
- Sign language classes are available to young adults, parents, teachers and any others interested in learning.
Av. Bolivia 180 – Piso 4
Cercado de Lima
General Enquiries: [email protected]
President: Juan Andrés Lucen Hashimoto
Vice President: Daniel Silva Ruíz
Secretary: Eduardo Arévalo Ortega
Treasurer: Sergio David Bustamante Rodríguez
Members: Ruth Elizabeth Ochoa Pillaca, Paul Raymond Clark Nofzinger, Luis Javier Castillo Sandoval
Director General: Juan Alvear Rodriguez
Head Office Staff
Administration & Finance: Rosa Herrera Castillo
Human Resources: Nelly Bueno
Accountant: Edna Espinoza
Treasurer: Luz Incio
Bible Ministry: Emilio Morales
Camping Ministry: Jorge Arevalo
Girasoles Program for Abandoned & At-Risk Children: Gregory Bardales
International Relations: Billy & Kate Greenman
Schools Ministry: María Antonieta Nuñez
Señales Deaf Ministry: Judit Santillana
Training & Staff Development: Paul Clark
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Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, Other 3.3%, Unspecified or None 2.9%
Population under 15
Spanish and Quechua