Mexico

Mexico, the world’s most populous Spanish-speaking country, borders the United States, Guatemala, Belize, the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. Mountains fill the center of the country while sandy lowlands lie along the coasts.

  • Population: 113,423,000
  • Life Expectancy: 77 years
  • Access to Safe Water: 94%
  • School Enrollment: 100%
  • Land Mass: 758,449 sq. mi.
  • Literacy Rate: 93%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 17/1000
  • Average Annual Income (GNI): 9,330

Facts about Mexico

Economic Development

More than 5 percent of the Mexican workforce is unemployed, and more than 18 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Child Protection

Low wages and limited opportunities for progress have led to growing underemployment and an increased number of working children.

Child Protection

Violence from drug trafficking continues to rise, threatening the lives of thousands of people.

Education

Despite free education, learning remains a challenge for many rural and urban children since parents must provide school supplies.

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Progress in Mexico

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2012.

  • Provided parents and caregivers with training and tools to improve child protection networks in the community.

  • Held activities for children and teens to foster spiritual growth.

  • Educated children on their rights and values, like respect and teamwork, encouraging them to make positive contributions to their families and community.

  • Trained children on personal hygiene, proper nutrition, and environmental responsibility, enabling them to stay healthy and care for their surroundings.

  • Worked with teens, encouraging them to develop positive relationships with peers, family, and the community.

  • Provided tutoring for children in math, reading, and writing to help them succeed at school.

  • Helped teens access educational or vocational opportunities, and encouraged them to develop goals for their lives, equipping them to enter the job market in the future.

  • Trained parents on proper nutritional practices and how to establish home gardens to reduce malnutrition in children.

  • Held workshops for parents on how to prevent and care for common diseases, enabling them to improve their children's health.

  • Equipped teens to make positive life-choices by educating them on reproductive health and violence and substance abuse prevention.

  • Installed water infrastructure in homes and trained families on how to purify and manage their water supply, helping prevent illness and ensure readily-accessible clean water.

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    World Vision in Mexico Today

    World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Mexico to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision's child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 24,000 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Mexico. Highlights include:

    • Improving economic development, vocational training, healthcare, water and sanitation, and child protection for families living in areas along the United States border.
    • Helping children who live and work on the street with addiction rehabilitation, drug awareness education, and school enrollment assistance.
    • Reducing poverty by offering loans and other microfinance opportunities to small business owners.

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    World Vision History in Mexico

    World Vision child sponsorship in Mexico dates back to 1963; the current office was opened in 1982. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments have included:

    • Drilling wells and offering vocational training for communities in the 1960s.
    • Increasing rural communities’ access to clean water and assisting people affected by an earthquake in the 1970s.
    • Providing children from disadvantaged families with daily meals, clothing, healthcare, and educational opportunities during the 1980s.
    • Supplying food, blankets, tarps, and shovels to people affected by flooding and mudslides, as well as helping survivors of major earthquakes during the '80s and '90s.
    • Helping children and families affected by Hurricane Marty rebuild their lives and houses in the beginning of the 21st century.

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    Geography & People

    Geography and people

    Mexico, the world’s most populous Spanish-speaking country, borders the United States, Guatemala, Belize, the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. Mountains fill the center of the country while sandy lowlands lie along the coasts.

    Natural resources include petroleum, natural gas, silver, gold, copper, lead, zinc, and timber.

    Over half of the people living in Mexico are mestizo—a mixture of Amerindian and Spanish ancestry. Most Mexicans speak Spanish and consider Spanish as Mexico’s national language. They primarily use English in business and commerce as well as in border towns. Mexicans also speak regional dialects.

    Mexico City, the capital and economic hub of the country, is the third largest metropolitan area in the world behind Tokyo and New York.

    In Mexico, most families maintain strong ties to their community and live near aunts, uncles, and cousins. The young respect the elderly, and older relatives receive care from their children and grandchildren.

    History

    Mexico declared independence from Spain in 1810, but Spain did not recognize Mexican sovereignty until 1821 after over a decade of war.

    After losing the territory of Texas in 1836, Mexico also lost the area that is now California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. In the mid-1800s, President Benito Juárez instituted economic reforms and championed equal rights for the nation’s indigenous people.

    Following the decade-long Mexican Revolution (1910-1921), President Venustiano Carranza established a new constitution that still governs Mexico today. The rest of the 20th century brought economic fluctuations, a growing illicit drug trade, border immigration controversy with the United States, and insurgency in the southeastern state of Chiapas.

    More economic and social concerns, such as unemployment and unequal income distribution, have occupied the government in recent years.

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    Prayer Requests for Mexico

    • All children to be registered for birth certificates which will allow them to access citizenship rights, like education.
    • Newly elected President Enrique Peña Nieto to continue working towards reducing poverty levels.
    • The safety of children and their families as they face drug violence every day.
    • Peace and stability within the government.