In the 60s, Italian missionary Dr. Jose Moró founded “Kinderwerk Lima”, an educational initiative to care for and influence for Christ an emerging generation of young people living in extreme conditions in the city of Lima, Peru.
Dr. Moró’s ministry and advocacy led to the formation of Asociación Cultural “Johannes Gutenberg” in 1970. Under the auspices of the Association and in partnership with Kinderwerk, a primary school was formed in the community of El Agustino, Lima. In 1986 a similar educational initiative opened with 50 children in the community of Comas.
In the 1990s, “Johannes Gutenberg” expanded its scope of ministry to reach students in their secondary level of education with a technical and professional formational focus. The geographic scope of the ministry also expanded to Huanta, a city in the state of Ayacucho.
Today, more than 2,100 children and youth attend the “Johannes Gutenberg” schools in Lima and Huanta. The children and youth enrolled are considered at-risk, with limited access to educational opportunities and from single parent and dysfunctional households.
South America Mission and the Asociación Cultural “Johannes Gutenberg” are partnering together because of a mutual commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and shared mission objectives in Peru. As an affiliate ministry partner, the Association receives donations stewarded through SAM and missionaries can be assigned to Johannes Gutenberg ministry contexts in Peru.
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