The Ivy-Peru Committee was formed in 1998 with the specific purpose of raising funds to help children in Peru. The Committee has since raised an average of $30,000 per year through their annual fall Silent Auction and the support of individuals.


In 1990 Jean-Louis Lebel, a Canadian lay missionary and school teacher, created the Center for the Integration of Abandoned Minors (CIMA), a refuge for street-boys in Lima. By 1995, through the efforts of this talented and dedicated man, CIMA had expanded from a single rented room to an established and impressive complex outside of Lima with a staff of 10 workers providing shelter to about 95 boys.

Through CIMA the boys go to school, receive tutoring and psychological care, and learn skills including agriculture, husbandry, carpentry, sewing, computing, and welding. Thanks to Jean-Louis and CIMA, many of the boys have been reintegrated with their families.

For years Ivy-Peru has donated $12,000 annually to CIMA for food and other necessities. In addition, they often donate additional funds for other special projects and to the Marta Phillips Scholarship Fund.


Casa de la Mujer is a home to over 90 girls who have fallen victim to prostitution or have been sexually assaulted. Over 30% of these girls come with their babies. Girls as young as 12 are struggling to deal with pregnancy, disease, poverty, and abuse. At the Casa girls receive medical and prenatal care, child birth and child care. Their children are cared for in a full-service day care facility. This day care center cares for a total of 150 children, as the Casa extends its services to care for neighborhood children of low-income families. The Casa also offers a lunch program for low-income seniors.

Dignity, discipline, and self respect are emphasized while these girls study to complete their schooling. The girls are kept on a very strict schedule. Mornings are spent attending the on-site school, where they complete high school and earn their diplomas. In the afternoons the girls receive training and certificates of completion in a field of their choice: clothing construction, hair styling, or industrial baking. These vocational certificates go a long way towards helping the girls support their families after they leave the Casa.

Ivy-Peru assisted the Casa with annual $12,000 donations for daily nutritional needs; they have also donated to equipment purchases and have facilitated the coverage of medical costs.

In 2009, due to the critical economic times, Ivy-Peru was able to assist them with only $8,000.


This home is located in Tacora, Lima and is run by the Missionaries of Charity, an order of nuns founded by Mother Teresa to help the poorest of the poor. The home ministers to destitute and dying older men and women. It also cares for dozens abandoned children with cerebral palsy. From 2005 through 2008, Ivy-Peru has donated $2,500 to purchase urgently needed medicines for the mentally disable.


In 1990, Ayacucho was the center of wide-spread atrocities committed by the Shinning Path, a Peruvian terrorist group. Many orphans were created from this violence. Under the management of Father Jose Antunez de Mayolo, then director of the San Juan Bosco School, Ivy-Peru began sending funds to help feed these orphans and other destitute children in the area.

Out of concern for the children's futures, Father Jose created Casa Don Bosco where the children receive education and training in vocational trades. Casa Don Bosco was built with financial support from the Ivy-Peru Committee and the Peruvian, Italian and Spanish governments. For many years the Ivy-Peru Committee assisted Casa Don Bosco's with daily expenses that helped provide training to 450 orphans.

In 2005 Anabella Jordan was recognized by the Casa for the role she played in founding the organization and for her 20 years of service.