Here are basic facts and FAQs about Central America migration, how World Vision addresses root causes of poverty there, and how you can help. One program raising promise among vulnerable youth in Central America is Youth Ready. Through this approach, we help young people discover their potential, develop specific career and life skills, establish support networks, build character and confidence, and plan for their future in their communities. This is work is made possible, largely because of child sponsorship.
Why World Vision is in Mexico
In September 2017, two high-magnitude earthquakes hit 10 states in Mexico, affecting thousands and leaving hundreds dead. On top of this, multiple hurricanes and tropical storms hit various regions, weakening already-vulnerable communities. We responded with relief like food, water, and damage repair. Your support helped us create dozens of Child-Friendly Spaces, havens of childhood where kids’ physical and emotional needs can be met during trauma. Violence toward women and gender inequality in the workplace are pervasive problems that we’re addressing with programs to transform harmful attitudes. Half of Mexico’s population is impoverished, although each year the poverty rate falls steadily. Keeping children in school and encouraging stable home lives goes a long way toward breaking cycles of poverty. Despite the terrible events from natural disasters this year, the Mexican people joined together as brothers and sisters to show love and empathy for their affected neighbors. Our programs are strengthening leadership among adolescents and advocacy participation among children, and we’re seeing kids lead the way in transforming their communities. Your support is giving kids capacity to love and serve their vulnerable neighbors just like they’ve been loved and served.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Mexico
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Youth understand their rights after they participated in rallies and played educational games that taught them about children's rights and how to peacefully coexist with others.
- Children live in villages that better respect their rights. Community leaders and parents learned about children's rights, how to identify and report suspected cases of abuse.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children have better sanitation and hygiene behaviors. They learned how to put good hygiene habits into practice after handwashing facilities were installed in some locations and hygiene "corners" were installed at schools.
- Children have improved dental hygiene. Campaigns for oral health encouraged children to practice good dental care, which helps to avoid oral diseases. Some children also received dental hygiene items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- More children in Mexico are learning to read and write. World Vision supported teachers with training to more effectively help their students, and children were given opportunities to participate in reading clubs and reading rooms constructed, which gave them opportunities to improve reading skills after school.
Prayer Requests from Mexico
World Vision's staff in Mexico are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For every child in Mexico, that we can continue reaching and serving the most vulnerable families to transform their lives.
Improvement of the political and economic systems, and the next presidential election would be in God's hands.
News from Mexico
Please pray with us for World Vision’s work in North America, including Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Less than two weeks after an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico, at least 225 people are dead after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico Sept. 19 on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico earthquake that killed thousands.
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