The Worth monks went out to Peru in 1968 in response to the call of the Second Vatican Council to support the evangelisation of Latin America and work for the progress of peoples by providing human, material and financial resources.  Initially, the monks founded an experimental farm in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to improve local livestock and agriculture in the ‘eyebrow of the jungle’ between the Amazonian Jungle and the Highlands of Peru.   Later the monastic community moved to Lima and founded Parroquia San Benito in the rapidly urbanising outskirts in the Canto Grande valley.  The hope had been to found a Peruvian monastery, but this was overtaken by the withdrawal of the Worth community from Peru in 1990.  The fund that had been set up to support the monks then evolved into a grant-making fund which supports the work of the Peruvian church among the poor. 

Outreach Peru is the development fund of Worth Abbey supporting people, networks and organisations working for and within the underclass of Peruvian society.  Outreach Peru, in nurturing hope and faith for a better life, fundraises in the UK, promotes about 8 sustainable development projects each year in health, education and nutrition, supports the life of the Peruvian church and provides aid to vulnerable people.  Outreach Peru supports co-ordinated UK advocacy related to its projects as all poverty reduction projects embrace global dimensions.