Chalice Sponsored Children in PeruRead stories about our sponsored children and how sponsorship has given them hope.

About Peru

Peru is located on the west coast of South America between Chile and Ecuador. It is home to two of the oldest civilizations in the world - the Notre Chico and Inca. Its geography varies from arid plains of the Pacific coast to the Andes Mountains, to the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. Its main economic activities include mining, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing. Peru is multiethnic; this mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.

Life in Peru

Peru is the fourth most populous country in South America with 30.5 million residents. The country has a relatively low unemployment rate. The national rural poverty rate is over 50% with 20% classified as extremely poor. Lack of opportunities for rural people has caused a massive migration to urban centres. Today, 3 out of 4 Peruvians reside in and around urban areas. The main industries are manufacturing and services. The largest exports are gold, zinc, and textiles. The Infant Mortality Rate is 22 deaths/1000 live births.


Education has made significant improvements. This is especially seen in the jump of the literacy rate from 42 percent in the year 1940 to 93 percent today. Primary education is free and compulsory from the ages of six to sixteen.

Peru Statistics

Population: 30.5 million

Life Expectancy: 74 years

Currency: Nuevo sol

Capital City: Lima

Time Zone: GMT -5 hours, same as Toronto

Size Comparison: Roughly the size of Alaska

Language: Spanish

Known As: The heart of the Inca Empire

Home of: Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Incas & The Nazca Lines-ancient geoglyphs best viewed from an airplane & Cotahuasi Canyon (world's deepest canyon)




Newsletter Signup

* required




When you sponsor a child with Chalice, you provide ... educational support, including school materials, books and fees. Sponsorship also provides children with improved nutritional intake, medical care, clothing and footwear, and other basic necessities.

Sponsor with Chalice today, and see the difference $37 a month can make in a child's life.

Sponsor Now!