Diaconia Peru

In the latest years the Peruvian economic has shown continuous growth. This growth is mainly due to the in­crease in mineral exports and their high prices worldwide, as well as non-traditional exports of agricultu­ral products (asparagus, artichokes, paprika, fruit, coffee, and cacao) and textiles, nevertheless 40% of population live in poverty and 13% in extreme poverty and also 70% population in extreme poverty live in Andean areas.

The beginning of diaconal work and de­velopment in the Lutheran Church, with the support of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), dates back to the Huaraz earthquake in 1970, to the commitment and solidarity of the Church’s members with the victims. As the diaconal activities grew, the Church decided to separate them and it set up an independent institution.

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