Historical review The Communal Department of the Lutheran Church
The beginning of Diaconia dates back to 1970 through the department of "Communal Development" of the Lutheran Church of Peru, who, supported by the Lutheran World Federation, provided aid to those affected by the earthquake in the Callejón de Huaylas-Ancash. Under the direction of Eng. Robert Funk Ryman, relief and reconstruction works were carried out in the Cordillera Negra de Ancash and the sub-Andean valleys of the coast, an area where no other organization acted. At the end of this reconstruction stage and with the positioning of the Community Development department in the intervention areas, a massive request for continuity is generated by the peasant communities. Faced with this situation, it was decided to separate the community development department from the church and form a new independent organization linked to the church. Thus was born DIACONÍA as a legal entity, on September 30, 1983, to fulfill the mandate of sowing the hope of a full life.
Under the premise that the word DIACONY is the service that the Christian is called to give in response to the Love of Christ towards us and towards our fellow men, a new way of working under the concept of integral development was proposed, with the objective to improve the standard of living of the rural population.
Thus, throughout its 32 years of independent institutional life, DIACONÍA has capitalized on valuable experience in the design and execution of social projects, ranging from the construction of rural infrastructure (canals, reservoirs, drinking water systems, schools) to the execution of comprehensive development programs.