Helping Peru’s Working Children

Mothers Ynocenta Rodriguez (foreground) and Rosa Hidalgo prepare lunch for students at Casa de COCID, a center in Moyobamba, Peru for working “street” children. Supported by Catholic Relief Services, COCID provides tutoring, self-esteem activities and work training to give them an alternative to working on the street. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), about 20 percent of Peru’s children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in some form of income-generating labor or domestic work.
Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

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