What is Ends of the Earth Treasures / Peruvian Classics?
- Ends of the Earth Treasures dba Peruvian Classics is a Non-Profit Organization that exists to serve the poor and needy of the world in Jesus’ name. We are a 100% VOLUNTEER organization. In Peru, we partner with Scripture Union-Peru, an indigenous ministry that has been active for over 80 years in that country. The proceeds from the sale of Peruvian goods go directly to Scripture Union of Peru’s work with street children around the country. Specifically, the proceeds support homes for abandoned and orphaned children where safety, food, a bed, education, and the love of Jesus is offered freely.
How does my purchase support the poor and needy?
- Profits from the sale of these goods goes directly to the street boys ministries of Scripture Union of Peru. As a Non-Profit Organization, we strive to make every dollar count to maximize the impact of your purchase.
What if I just want to purchase something authentic and handmade from Peru and don't care about the ministry?
- We welcome all purchases and all customers. We are proud of the items we source and offer. While not part of our direct mission, all our items available for purchase are sourced directly from Peruvian artisans and your purchase allows them to show off their handiwork and provides them with an additional source of income.
What are our shipping policies?
- Shipping is Free on orders over $25.00, otherwise shipping is $4.99.
- Peruvian Classics will ship within two days of ordering, usually through USPS First Class Mail. Customers may choose to upgrade to faster shipping methods during the checkout process.
- All shipments come with order tracking.
What is a street child?
- In the expression, Street Children, the word street really means all of the hidden places that have become these children’s hide-outs, day and night. Street Children means children living in: Poor slum areas, grounds around major tourist spots, railways, trains and bus stations, wastelands and isolated areas, unoccupied buildings, abandoned cellars, and sewers under the streets.
- Without the love and security of family, they look for belonging and protection on the streets with gangs, drug dealers, prostitution rings. Many are addicted to cheap drugs, and sniff glue to erase their pain. The majority of street children are between the ages of 3 to 18, school age, but they do not attend school. Street Children also include those that still live with their families but are put out on the streets to work. 40% are completely homeless and 60% work on the streets to support their families. They are completely out of reach from social control. The majority are boys, however, there is an emergence of girls now living on the streets. Many girls try to disguise themselves as boys, for the treatment of boys on the streets is horrible, but the life of girls on the streets is even more gruesome. Many of the girls living on the streets are now having babies of their own.
Why are there Children being mistreated and living on the streets?
- The cause of Street Children is not the simple consequence of poverty; rather it is the culmination of different phenomena, including; rapid and uncontrolled urbanization, population explosion, family disintegration, unemployment and insufficient income, maladjustment of formal education systems leading to school failure, drop-out or rejection, insufficiency or lack of institutions to take care of children who have dropped out of school.
- It is hard to give the exact number of Street Children because of the difficulty in finding reliable criteria, however, there is a consensus that in the world today there are around 100 million Street Children.
- These children come from rural areas and shanty towns that are developing around the large cities as people flee natural disasters and come to Lima in hopes of finding work and opportunity.
- Increasingly, these children are the defenseless victims of brutal violence, sexual exploitation, abject neglect, chemical addiction, and human rights violations.
- In some Latin American countries Street Children are still regularly murdered. These children are the victims of inter-gang violence, police and guard abuse, and infamous “gray cars” that rove around the streets murdering children with high-power rifles.