Working With Children in Mexico

Recently World Vision reported that, in some states, the malnutrition levels of children in Mexico was as high as 36.4 per cent. Limited access to clean water is a major cause of malnutrition because of the relationship between health and nutrition—as when sick children lose their appetite or their capacity to absorb nutrients. We address this issue by providing rainwater collection tanks, improving sanitation and infrastructure and promoting nutritious vegetable gardens.

Mexico has progressive child rights laws in place but implementation is always a challenge. We work to empower children and youths networks, giving them a voice to influence decisions at community, state and national levels.

Your impact in Mexico

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 


  • 23 children survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 33 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 361 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 1,312 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 73 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017


Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.


  • 135 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 34 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 166 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 130 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.


  • 1,404 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 101 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 233 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 924 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 44 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 136 young people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 164 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 510 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 1,660 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 102 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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