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: 120,847,500
  • Life Expectancy: 77 years
  • Access to Safe Water: 94%
  • School Enrollment: 99%
  • Land Mass: 758,449 sq. mi.
  • Literacy Rate: 94%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 16/1000
  • Average Annual Income (GNI): 9,740

Facts about Mexico

Economic Development

About 5 percent of the Mexican workforce is unemployed, and more than 50 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Child Protection

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

Disaster Response

Recent natural disasters such as cyclones or floods have affected more than a million people in the country.

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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 2014.

  • Together with local churches, we organized spiritual enrichment activities for children to strengthen their faith and promote moral values.

  • Children were involved in groups, networks, and events promoting child rights. Through these activities, they had opportunities to advocate for their rights, express their ideas, and participate in decisions that impact their lives.

  • Through our parenting workshops, parents and caregivers learned how to create healthy, nurturing environments for their children, improve their communication skills and parent-child relationships, and help their children develop learning and social skills appropriate for their age.

  • With the support of teachers and schools, we trained peer tutors to help children who are struggling with math, writing, and Spanish.

  • Children strengthened their literacy skills and were encouraged to read for fun at our reading centers; they also enjoyed educational games and reading activities such as story time.

  • In partnership with schools and vocational training centers, we encouraged young people to pursue higher education and helped them learn skills that will enable them to earn a living.

  • We monitored the health of children with serious medical conditions or disabilities and helped them access specialized healthcare services.

  • Parents were educated on early childhood care and development to help them protect their children from illness and malnutrition, as well as ways to stimulate learning and social skills in young children.

  • We organized health and nutrition activities for children and their families and followed up with malnourished children to help them gain weight and help their parents provide more nutritious meals.

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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 25,100 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Mexico. Highlights include:

    • Building 679 water storage tanks in communities to ensure safe water for families.
    • Strengthening the nutrition and health knowledge of parents, caregivers, and community volunteers.
    • Responding to recent earthquakes by distributing awnings, tents, water, blankets, and kitchen supplies.

    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 1980s and 1990s.
    • Helping children and families affected by Hurricane Marty rebuild their lives and houses in the beginning of the 21st century.

    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.


    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.

    Prayer Requests for Mexico

    • Please pray for God’s love and comfort for families whose loved ones are missing due to a surge in kidnappings by organized criminal gangs.
    • Pray also for security and safety for children impacted by violence in their homes and communities.