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. 

  • 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.
  • 1,137 children in Mexico received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 15 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,626 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation

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

  • 212 malnourished children in Mexico were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 60 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 5,080 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 1,115 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families

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

  • We improved 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.
  • 1,223 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 9 clubs are in place for children and youths to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 93 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication

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

  • Families learned to cultivate gardens and start poultry businesses so they could improve their children's nutrition and supplement family income.
  • 659 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling
  • 885 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 177 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children

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