Chiclayo is a city located north-west of Lima in northern Peru on the Pan-American Highway. It’s the capital of the Lambayeque region producing sugarcane, cotton, and rice.
Despite the government’s strategies to reduce poverty in Chiclayo, child labour rates are still high. Many children in Chiclayo face poverty, difficult family life and physical abuse in the classroom. Families need to be supported so that children can stay in school longer and hope for a better future.
Since 1983, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Chiclayo.
Around 1.6 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 are forced to work in Peru.
Children who are forced to work are exposed to violence. They are often forced to work in dangerous environments, exploited by gangs and forced into illegal activities such as commercial sexual exploitation.
Many also work in domestic settings where they also face abuse. Many children work within their own households, to help make ends meet – there, where they should be safe and protected, they may also endure abuse by their family.
While a high number of children start primary school, many children do not continue their education after the age of 12. Around 13% of children aged between 2 and 16 do not go to secondary school.
According to the National Household Survey, economic difficulties are the main reason why children aged 13 – 19 drop out of school.
School should be a safe place to learn and interact with other children, yet for most children the reality is bullying, physical aggression by school staff and fights among pupils.