El Cristiano

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As World Vision Mexico takes over work in the El Cristiano community, support from Canadian sponsors is no longer needed. Would you consider sponsoring a child in another part of the world? 

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El Cristiano's Community News


Canadian sponsors have helped lay a strong foundation in El Cristiano. Now, our partners at World Vision Mexico are excited to continue this work with local leaders, community groups and partner organizations. That means moving forward without the help of Canadian sponsors. Thank you for the difference you’ve made in this community!

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

El Cristiano is located in the Sierra Madre mountains. It's a ruggedly beautiful place, with mountains up to 1400 meters above sea level, narrow valleys, and springs dotting the area. Families live on the steep hillsides.

Most families are indigenous Nahuatl, descendants of the ancient Aztec people, and they continue in their traditional way of life as subsistence farmers growing corn, beans, and coffee. Some work as day labourers on large coffee plantations. Life is hard here, and families struggle to earn enough to live. Unemployment is rampant in the growing season. There are few alternative jobs, and people have to migrate to other areas in search of work.

For most parents, it is a daily struggle just to survive. Families are large. Children often work to help, whether at home with chores or in the fields. Almost half of the community is illiterate, and children often do not have the support they need to continue their education. Children, especially girls, often bear the brunt of the impact of common social issues in the community, such as alcoholism, emotional or physical abuse, and family breakdown as a result of migration.
  • 28.5% of children were too short for their age as a result of long-term malnutrition in 2016 decreasing from 34.2% in 2012. This condition is called 'stunting' and due to its complex and chronic nature it demands a long process of change for its presence to decrease. As a consequence, even small reductions in this measurement are already cause for celebration.
  • 5.1% of children were too underweight for their age, as a result of intense malnutrition in 2016 decreasing from 9.3% in 2012.
  • 228 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 317 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 10 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover           
  • 97 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 2 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment 
  • 302 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 298 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 28 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 119 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,107 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 136 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 1,557 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 166 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy               
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Establish and equip reading groups to improve literacy and academic performance.
  • Train parents, teachers, and community leaders to improve the overall quality of education.
  • Organize and train children, parents, and community organizations to prevent and respond to violence and child abuse. Improve schools with water and sanitation infrastructure.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate parents in good nutrition practices, and in how to prevent and treat malnutrition using local resources.
  • Train parents of children with special needs in care practices.
  • Equip local organizations to monitor children's weight, height, and hemoglobin, as well as provide vitamin and iron supplements as needed.
  • Work with parents to start back yard production of fruit, vegetables, poultry, and rabbits to improve family diet.
  • Teach families about personal hygiene, safe water handling, and basic sanitation to protect children's health.
  • Assist the community in installing water tanks and ecological toilets.
  • Train early childhood care volunteers on issues like nutrition during pregnancy, lactation and weaning, healthy eating habits, and prenatal care, and empower volunteers to pass on their knowledge to families.

Community Leadership
Through partnership with children, families, and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Form youth groups where adolescents and youth can find support, express themselves, and gain new training and insight.
  • Train youth in entrepreneurship and family business development.
  • Help adolescents identify and manage opportunities for formal education.
  • Train young people in life skills.
  • Support youth groups with organizational tools, training, and communication skills, and empower them to influence their community.

Explore El Cristiano

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

El Cristiano, Mexico is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!