Unidos Caminando

The community of Unidos Caminando has graduated


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In 2020, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!  

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Unidos Caminando has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Unidos Caminando community, which in Spanish means “walking together," is in the state of Chiapas, on Mexico's southern border with Guatemala. The community is located in a municipal area where residents lack hope for the future.

The area has a large concentration of indigenous Tzotzil families, as well as families of mixed racial descent. Indigenous families generally tend to live in small, distinctive and remote settlements, and retain many of their customs. 85% of the people live in poverty. Most earn a modest living from subsistence agriculture or as labourers on large plantations growing coffee, allspice, and bananas. Homes are often in poor condition; about half of them still have dirt floors and are made out of mud or clay. Many people still lack a safe supply of drinking water and electricity.

Family break-ups are common as people, mostly men, move out of the area in search of work elsewhere. More and more homes are headed by single women. In recent years though, more women are migrating seasonally to work in the maquillas (free trade factories), or as domestic help in larger cities. This is disruptive " and sometimes devastating " for children.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Unidos Caminando has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

Child Protection
  • 200 volunteers were trained in child protection; groups are working together to keep children safe and improve relationships.
  • 7 schools run programs that coach youth in mutual respect, combatting violence and substance abuse.
  • Children and youth understand their rights and have learned to communicate their ideas and needs.
  • Mass community awareness events educated parents about reducing violence and child abuse.
  • Women are involved in local decision making.
Health and Nutrition
  • Malnutrition has decreased and more than 600 caregivers have been involved in programs that improve their children’s health.
  • Rainwater collection, wastewater management and proper sanitation are keeping the community healthier.
  • Health centres were equipped with early development spaces for young children.
  • 50 mothers received training in health, nutrition and hygiene.
  • Community volunteers were trained to monitor the growth of children under five.
  • Four local health workers received support to raise awareness about health, nutrition and hygiene issues among more than 600 families.
  • Youth were educated about sexual health and preventing HIV.
  • Family gardens have provided a source of nutritious food.
Disaster Response
  • Community members have received training and are collaborating with local institutions to reduce risks and ensure their neighbourhoods are strengthened against disasters.
  • 25 committee leaders trained in risk management.
  • 25 committee first aid coordinators trained in first aid issues.
  • 25 disaster response committees, involving 200 trained members, are keeping the community resilient in the face of crises.
  • These groups proved their effectiveness when they responded with strength to an earthquake in 2017.

*Results for this community updated for 2020

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Unidos Caminando, 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!