Comas is a northern district of Lima with nearly a half million residents.
Comas is a northern district of Lima with nearly a half million residents. Comas started out as a pueblo joven (this is the nickname given to the shanty towns that surround Lima) and it continues to be one of the poorest districts in Lima. Many of the residents live in small, poorly constructed shacks with dirt floors (usually 10 feet by 10 feet or 10 feet by 20 feet). The very fortunate might have a concrete floor and a flimsy locking door. Others survive in straw-lined piles of debris and rock. Single moms are the head of the household for about 85% of the families in the area of Comas where we work. These women typically work sweeping the streets, selling candy, washing clothing, or breaking rock at a quarry. The Lost Children of Peru serves the community of Comas by partnering with and supporting a local Christian school run by our friend Pastor Wilma, along with building houses and feeding the poor.