Unidos Caminando

Unidos Caminando's Community News

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: 

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.
Child Protection
  • 12 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 2,662 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 200 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 60 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Train parents in good childcare, and in how to help their children with early learning skills.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of education to the future of children.
  • Organize programs and train tutors to provide children with academic support in reading, writing, and math.
  • Establish children and youth groups where children and teens can participate in arts and sports, learn about their rights, and be motivated to continue learning and contribute to development in their community.
  • Help youth to get vocational and life skills training, including knowledge about sexual and reproductive health.
  • Improve water and sanitation facilities in schools.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train community health promoters in illness prevention and healthcare practices, including personal hygiene and household sanitation.
  • Support health promoters to pass on their knowledge to families, and work with them to monitor the health of children and reinforce good practices in the home.
  • Teach mothers about nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals using local foods.
  • Identify malnourished children and provide support and monitoring until they regain their health.
  • Provide water storage units to families, along with training in water purification and protection.
  • Improve the walls and floors of houses.
  • Support parents to start household gardens and raise small animals to improve children's diets.
Mexico Earthquake:Updates and facts you need to know

Mexico experienced a strong earthquake on September 7 at 11:49 p.m. The Richter scale recorded it as 8.5, making this the largest quake to affect the country since 1985.

With your sponsored child in Mexico, we want to keep you updated on the impact of the earthquake and how World Vision is responding. As of now:

  • World Vision Mexico has 7,300 children located in the impact region. Field offices continue to monitor the communities where we work
  • A Tsunami Alert is in effect on the Pacific coasts of Mexico
  • The death toll stands at 15
  • Power blackouts have affected parts of the city. Schools have been closed
  • All staff and their families have been accounted for and are safe

World Vision will continue to monitor earthquake damage as well as the Tsunami Alert. Staff on the ground in Mexico are prepositioning emergency supplies for communities.

For the most up to date information, visit www.worldvision.ca, or call us at 1-888-524-1112.
  • 5.9% of children were underweight according to their age, as a result of malnutrition in 2016 decreasing from 6.6% in 2012.