Children of the Amazon became a 501(C) (3) non-profit, Maryland corporation in 2005 to benefit underprivileged, orphaned, addicted and/or abused children residing in or near Iquitos, Peru located in the Amazon basin. We are run by a volunteer board of Directors which means that 100% of our donations go to help children at risk.
Since our inception, we have helped establish and support Safe Haven Children’s Home, Church and Medical/Dental Clinic located at Km 43.5 outside of Iquitos, Peru. The Church and clinic serve children and their families in the nearby villages. The Children’s Home is used for tutoring local children in English, school studies and computer skills as well as a youth retreat center for local churches.
COTA has been the main supporter of 5 foster children, two have been adopted. The 3 children we continue to support have had the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful Peruvian family and receive a private, Christian education. One is hoping to attend the local university to pursue a medical degree. We are in the process of making an agreement with her to fund her education in return for her working in the Medical clinic. What a wonderful return on our investment!
We have been able to work with a Calvary Chapel missionary, Albert Smith (www.perushope.com), to help supply school supplies for children who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend school. Even though public school is available to all, the cost for supplies and uniforms is approximately $150 per year. This cost is prohibitive to the many single parent families and results in their children not receiving an education and often being forced to earn a living on the streets, at risk to all manner of exploitation and abuse. COTA feels this is a crucial way to meet a basic need in a child’s life and give them a hope and a future.
Our goal for the future is to partner with more local missionaries and churches who are working with children at risk in this impoverished area.