Crecer Program to Help 1 Million Children in Peru

(LIP-ir)  —  Iván Hidalgo Romero, the man responsible for supervising the Crecer program reported today that the program has already helped 121 thousand children and 9,800 pregnant women in 330 districts throughout Peru.

In addition, Romero stated that the goal for the national program was to help one million children in 2011. The Crecer program is currently focusing its efforts in the regions of Puno, Apurímac, Amazonas, Ayacucho, Cuzco and Huancavelica.

14 of Peru’s regional governments have also expressed their desire in joining the program. Once these regions join the program, there will be a total of 21 regions taking part in Crecer.

Aside from helping mother’s and their children with food and medicine, the Crecer program is also fighting against illiteracy. Romero stated that this was directly related to malnutrition and poverty.

Romero stated, “That is why we have 6,000 study groups in these 330 districts, where 50 thousand women are taught to read and write.

The Crecer program supervisor stated that the goals Peru’s president had set, to fight poverty and malnutrition in children, were being met. It was reported that 130 thousand pregnant women had been provided with health insurance while 50 thousand children were being provided with food in 330 districts.