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Sharing a 2,000-mile border with the southern United States, Mexico is the 11th-largest of the world’s economies. Despite this fact, great income disparity means that more than half of its citizens live in poverty in Mexico. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern

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ChildFund Mexico works with mothers to strengthen the early bonds between them and their children. Early-stimulation activities help infants develop and maximize their language, motor and sensory skills and capabilities while also helping protect them from toxic stress and violence in Mexico. Our nutrition program encourages vulnerable Mexican children and their families to maintain a healthy diet in order to prevent malnutrition and its associated health problems. We assist families with livestock breeding and help them create greenhouses for growing vegetables. ChildFund’s 84 Early Childhood Development centers in seven Mexican states offer age-appropriate activities that help children continue on a healthy developmental pathway. These centers also provide learning opportunities for parents to improve their parenting skills and to contribute to the growth and functioning of these child-centered environments.

Through ChildFund’s Reading to Transform program, more than 5,000 Mexican children are growing skills in socialization, group participation, attention, tolerance and verbal communication and expression. They also take books home, where mothers are learning to read as well as spending quality time with their children through this sharing. We are also helping Mexican students to develop technological literacy so that they can use digital tools, platforms and services to learn, engage, participate, play, innovate, work or socialize. An online high school for young people in rural and semi-urban communities provides about 90 teens with access to secondary education in Mexico.

Youth in Action focuses on the economic, physical and social well-being of young people. It encourages them to take action that leads to positive change and that builds their skills and sense of agency, helping to tackle the problem of poverty in Mexico. More than 3,000 young people participate in this program, which is focused on building social commitment and environments of trust and collaboration to promote lasting, positive changes in their families and communities. Specific training equips youth to generate income through self-employment initiatives. Mexican youth are also learning how to manage their personal relationships in a safe and responsible manner, improving overall reproductive health.

Mexico is battling an obesity problem, including childhood obesity. Poverty causes undernutrition and malnutrition and their effects, including stunting and vulnerability to disease, including in Mexico. However, the introduction of processed foods around the world — in Mexico in particular — has caused rates of obesity to soar, leading to other health problems.

The Mexican diet that traditionally included whole grains and vegetables is now being replaced by cheaper processed foods that are high in sugar, trans-fats and salt. Mexico is ranked as one of the most obese countries in the world, with more than 25 percent of adults over 20 with a BMI over 30, the traditional marker of obesity.

Obesity rates in Mexico are closely linked with poverty as unhealthy foods are cheaper and more available than healthy food, just as they are in many of the United States’ “food deserts.” Bottled water is often more expensive than soda and beer, and fresh produce costs more than junk food. The southern provinces in Mexico have particularly high rates of poverty, with only around 6 percent of families earning enough money to adequately provide for their children. Furthermore, the instability in some regions of Mexico means that it’s not safe for children to be active outside as much as they would like. A poor diet and lack of exercise have led to rampant childhood obesity in Mexico. More than 10 percent of children ages 2 to 19 are considered obese, and nearly 29 percent of children are either overweight or obese.

ChildFund aims to tackle childhood obesity in Mexico by providing families the means to produce their own healthy food and sell surplus vegetables, fruit and eggs for extra income. We also help fight poverty in Mexico by helping impoverished families establish themselves financially through microloans, micro-credit and other financial assistance.


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