Hunger in Africa prompts record U.N. food agency appeal; one in 10 children out of school globally; 1 million people displaced by violence in Central America, parts of Mexico.
Why World Vision is in Mexico
In December 2015, the Mexican government passed a new law that children must be guaranteed their rights when they are fleeing from violent situations in Central America. Believing that immigration detention centers are no place for children, the government sought to protect their freedom through its National Child Rights Law. Also in 2015, World Vision reported that child malnutrition levels in several Mexican states affected 36.4% of children under 5. Limited access to clean water proved a major cause of malnutrition because children’s health was compromised by waterborne illnesses. By providing families with rainwater collection tanks, vegetable gardens, and laying hens, we sought to improve this statistic. While the UN Millennium goal of universal primary school education is coming to fruition in Mexico, indigenous communities still struggle to educate their children. World Vision worked in several of those communities last year, opening more preschools to give young kids an extra boost and focusing on literacy to help children succeed in school.
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.
- Children participated in child rights networks in order to learn about their rights and be equipped to participate in community decisions that affect them.
- Area youth took part in life-skills trainings where they were educated on topics such as values, addiction prevention, communication, reproductive health, and making responsible choices.
- We helped children and youth obtain birth certificates so they can prove their identity and access government health and education programs.
- Adolescents completed vocational education courses in tailoring, hairstyling, and computer repair to prepare them for jobs and help them contribute to their family's income.
- Families were trained to cultivate family gardens and start poultry businesses so they could improve their children's nutrition through more protein and vitamin-rich foods.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In order to reduce malnutrition, we provided cooking demonstrations to help families learn how to prepare nutritious meals for their children using local ingredients.
- In order to reduce the cases of disease in childhood, families have been trained in hygiene and basic sanitation for the household. Some families also received construction materials to build water tanks for rainwater collection.
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.
- Parents have been educated on the importance of early development activities and proper care for children under age 5. They have learned to use positive, nurturing parenting methods to raise their children with love and guidance.
- Thanks to peer-to-peer tutoring in math and reading, school children have been able to improve their academic performance.
- Children are regularly using reading rooms at community centers that are staffed by local volunteers whom we trained to help boys and girls improve their literacy skills.
- We are improving early-grade literacy skills by fostering parental engagement in student reading with a technology tool that matches the students interests and reading level in Spanish.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- 10,000 children and youth participated in spiritual nurture programs we provided with church partners that included Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.
Prayer Requests from Mexico
World Vision's staff in Mexico are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Families struggling to find enough food for their children in drought conditions.
Reading tutors trying to instill a love for reading in schoolchildren.
News from Mexico
World Vision is working to provide clean water, hygiene kits, baby supplies, and Child-Friendly Spaces for children and families affected by Hurricane Patricia.
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