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Peru

Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for children in Peru!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 

Overview

Peru is more than jungles, mountains, and the majesty of Machu Picchu; it is also the deeply impoverished slums outside of Lima and the children who live there without access to proper education, health care, or sanitation.  Many of these children are already having to work and take care of their siblings to help their families survive.  In situations like this, it helps to know that others are paying attention, and that young people like your art students truly care about their well being.  Each portrait from your students will be a message of love and understanding that will help show these children they are not forgotten.

Helpful Links

Get the lowdown on the mouthwatering traditional dishes of Peru with this article from Serious Eats. 

PERUVIAN CUISINE

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This video from Fundación Solidaridad shows what it is like to live in some of Lima, Peru's poverty-stricken slums.  

SLUMS OF LIMA

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Experience a bit of Afro-Peruvian culture with this short documentary on Afro-Peruvian music and dance in the El Carmen District. 

AFRO-PERUVIAN BEATS

Take a look at some of the top places to visit in Peru with this travel guide from Annees De Pelerinage.

TOP DESTINATIONS

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Plans to develop the Amazons threaten Peru's indigenous communities. This article explains how they are being excluded from the conversation.

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

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This article from Inter Press Service details how poverty affects Peruvians and specifically children and women living in rural areas. 

POVERTY IN PERU