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  • Situated to the north and northwest of Lima


  • Peru’s most important port city

  • Concentrated urban poverty - 25.1% of the city’s population living in poverty conditions. 

  • Lack of opportunities for education, healthcare, employment, basic services including water, sanitation, and housing compound limited economic resources, creating desperate situations for many people. 

  • In recent years, extreme poverty has improved in the area, improving other social factors such as public safety, education, municipal government, public health and economic opportunity.  

At a glance

A closer look

42% of the urban population lives in poverty

60%+ of children under 14 live in poverty

47.6% of those who work are underpaid
or have unstable or informal jobs


32.2% of the population is unemployed

13% of adolescents (12 -17 years old) are mothers


1/3 children ages 6-17 work (2,265,000 children total)

In Callao, families live in poverty and, because they lack economic resources, it is difficult for them to gain access to higher education in universities.


Their interests center on the search for work, or those who are already employed work in poor conditions and for wages that are far below the minimum wage.


Many youth look for alternatives in the opportunity to study a trade in order to enter the work force and earn a living wage, or in the best of cases, start their own business.

Coprodeli efforts

Since 1989, Coprodeli has worked in Callao against poverty and social exclusion, promoting economic and social development by empowering people to participate in addressing problems faced in their communities. 

Beginning with social outreach and direct humanitarian aid activities, Coprodeli grew from a group of volunteers distributing social assistance, working soup kitchens and ministering to the poor to a thriving organization at the forefront of comprehensive development in Peru.  Today, Coprodeli operates:


  • 3 schools, serving 3,000+ students

  • 7 outreach centers, providing 600 children psychosocial assistance

  • 1 dental clinic that serves an average of 500 patients monthly

  • 1 mental health clinic that servces 30 individuals daily

  • 3 centers for professional technical training
    that train 1,200 students each year

  • 1 central headquarters that directs and manages program 
    operations throughout the country

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