UNICEF Peru helps communities counter gang violence

Young people in a pilot violence prevention programme launched by UNICEF Peru are speaking out on violence, education and health in their communities.

The pilot project, launched in a northern Peruvian district called Ventanilla, aims to give youth a voice in helping to come up with solutions to minimize the violence in their communities and help foster an environment that is more nurturing for children.

Ventanilla is a rapidly growing area, now home to more than 275,000 residents, of which more than 100,000 – or about 38 per cent – are under 18 years old. UNICEF Peru hopes to expand the violence prevention programmes to other impoverished regions of Peru within the next two years.

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