Sponsor a Child in Mexico
- ChildFund came to Mexico: 1955
- Population below poverty line: 40%
- News about Mexico
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Mexico shares a 2,000-mile border with the southern United States and is home to more than 50 million people living in poverty. Mexico City is the second largest urban mass in the Western Hemisphere after Sao Paulo, Brazil, and before the Newark-New York area.
Access to safe water, inadequate healthcare and malnutrition are major concerns.
Though Mexico boasts the 12th largest of the world’s economies, the country’s income disparity keeps millions below the poverty level. Where ChildFund works, predominantly in the southern part of the country, only six percent of people have sufficient income to support their families. Here, we have helped families in more than 1,000 communities.
Through our sustainable income development programs, we’ve trained parents and caregivers in block construction, baking, candy and jam making, craftsmanship and paper recycling. Small family businesses such as these are supported by micro-credit assistance to give them a foundation for the future.
Our “Integral Nutritional Program” targets pregnant women and children under five. Regular check-ups are provided and mothers are taught to monitor their children’s growth. As a result, malnutrition rates have dropped from 45 percent to 20 percent in the areas where we work.
“Though Mexico boasts the 12th largest of the world’s economies, the country’s income disparity keeps millions below the poverty level.”
Our “Nutrition Orientation Program” educates children and adolescents about healthier eating and living, including the importance of sports and recreational activities.
Early Childhood Development
Through our Early Childhood Development Centers educators work with parents to give babies and children under 5 a stronger start in life.
Trained Guide Mothers work to improve cognitive learning and to help overcome learning delays.
More than 2,000 children have benefitted from improved critical thinking and communication skills made possible through the distribution of computer programs. In collaboration with Intel Corporation and National Pedagogical University, this program has helped more than 2,000 children. "Ludotecas" (meaning playrooms), which are in about 84 percent of our community centers in Mexico, use toys and games to encourage creative thinking and help children ages six to 12 with their reading, oral expression and body language skills. The "Activate" program helps children with their literature and mathematics skills.
We also empower youth as they participate in Youth Committees, which give adolescents a forum to discuss issues such as drug prevention, reproductive health, ecology and sanitation. They also participate in vocational training activities and computer workshops. In addition, about 50 young people are being trained and will receive certification as human rights promoters.
Sponsor a child in Mexico and make a difference in a child’s life.
ChildFund has several corporate partners who sponsor children in Mexico and help provide needed programs. They include Walmart, Arcelormittal, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. and Marti Sports.