Huánuco

+ General Information
+ History of Paz y Esperanza
+ Current Work
+ Volunteer Opportunities
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General Information

Population (city): 120,000

Altitude: 1795 m (5890 ft) above sea level

Average temperatures: 24˚C (75˚F)

Situated between the mountainous region (sierra) and the jungle (selva), Huánuco prides itself in having the best climate on the face of the earth or being the “city of eternal spring”.  While it has beautiful weather, Huánuco is severely affected by high rates of child sexual abuse and domestic violence.

History of Paz y Esperanza

While it has beautiful weather, Huánuco is severely affected by high rates of child sexual abuse and domestic violence.  Paz y Esperanza began offering sexual education from a Christian perspective in 1997. This allowed us to establish relationships with several evangelical churches and pastors in Huánuco. It was through these relationships that the terrible reality of child sexual abuse and domestic violence in the region of Huánuco were brought to our attention.

A small office was opened in 2000 to begin working in prevention and raising awareness among churches and educational institutions in order to encourage their involvement in these sensitive issues.

As the truth began to emerge about what had happened during the internal armed conflict and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) reports were presented, Paz y Esperanza´s leadership became increasingly interested in deepening their involvement. As Huánuco was one of the most affected regions of the country, the decision was made to expand the services offered. The Huánuco office was opened on April 1, 2001.

Current Work

  1. Legal services for victims of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse.  Paz y Esperanza lawyers provide free legal representation for the victims, and they stand beside them through the fight for justice in an all too often corrupt system.  As well, psychologists give emotional support to the victims in difficult judicial procedures, including giving testimony and confronting the aggressor. Currently, Paz y Esperanza is working on 60 child sexual abuse cases and 50 domestic violence cases.
  2. Emotional Rehabilitation Programs.  Through individual and group therapies provided by the multidisciplinary team, victims of abuse are able to work through and heal from the pain they suffered.   
  3. Parental Support and Advocacy Network (Padres TAMAR).  The parents of the sexual abuse victims form this group.  Together, they work for justice and speak out against corruption in the legal system, in which corrupt judges, police, and lawyers free proven sexual offenders after getting paid off or bribed.  Through the efforts of this organization, three of Huanuco’s highest judicial authorities, including the Justice Court President, were fired after their corruption was brought to light by Paz y Esperanza’s lawyers.  For more, read the following newspaper article.  
  4. Holistic Transformation for Human Rights of Children and Adolescents.  Paz y Esperanza seeks to educate and empower churches and schools to promote good treatment of children within their congregations, and even more so within their community.  Promoting and practicing healthy interactions with children is an important part of the prevention of various forms of child abuse.     
  5. Lindero Ecological Farm.  The Lindero farm, located 40 minutes outside the city of Huánuco, is a working farm with animal husbandry and dairy farming.  As well, the Lindero farm has a restaurant with favorite local dishes and a beautiful lodge for retreats, camping, and conferences.  The resources generated at the farm support the Casa de Buen Trato Hovde.  
  6. Casa de Buen Trato Hovde. Located outside of Huanuco, this transitory shelter is for children and adolescents who have been victims of sexual abuse and for women who have been victims of domestic violence.  They provide holistic care to the women, children, and adolescents who are at the shelter.  The care provided includes health, physical needs, legal services, psychological therapy, emotional support, social work, pastoral care, and education. 

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