Xchanel Amtel

The needs in Xchanel Amtel

There are many obstacles to getting a good education in this marginalized community. Few parents are able to read and write themselves, which makes it tough for them to support their children's education. Spanish is used exclusively in schools, but is generally not spoken at home, and children lack the pre-school experience that would give them a good start. Schools also lack basic equipment and resources. Dropouts are common, and absenteeism is frequent in the most remote areas of the community, where children often stay home to do chores or work to supplement family income.

Health Care
Malnutrition is a huge challenge in Xchanel Amtel, threatening the health and wellbeing of 75% of children in the community. This malnutrition is caused by a general lack of food, poor harvests, and local reliance on a traditional diet of maize and beans, which is deficient in essential nutrients and protein. Children's quality of life is also deeply affected by respiratory infections and acute diarrheal diseases. Access to health care is poor, with only a quarter of the people here able to access public and private services.

Economic Development
The people of Xchanel Amtel struggle to make a living off the land, and men often leave the community between November and April to look for work. About 70% of families in this community sell traditional embroidery made by the local Tzotzil women. These women have the potential to build thriving businesses making and selling traditional embroidery, but access to business training that would help make the most of their talents is limited.
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Xchanel Amtel'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: 

  • 220 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 329 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 13 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1 child with disabilities was supported with medical care and accessibility upgrades 
  • 276 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 3 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 73 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication               
  • 24 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 3 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 20 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 20 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 1,640 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 250 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources               
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Improve learning conditions, facilities, and equipment at schools through collaboration with parents, community leaders, and local governments.
  • Establish community centres to engage children and families in learning.
  • Train volunteers to support children in basic reading, writing, and math skills.
  • Train education committees to manage school resources and teachers time in order to revitalize the system and sustain their achievements over the long term.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Teach families how to diversify their diet and boost farm production to improve harvests and supply families with more nutritious food.
  • Educate the community about proper nutrition and preventative health.
  • Train volunteers to identify children at risk of malnutrition.
  • Train and equip “guide mothers, who are already raising healthy children, to share their skills and knowledge about basic hygiene, proper nutrition, and preparing balanced meals using local produce.
  • Establish and strengthen backyard gardens and the raising of small animals to help diversify diets and boost income.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Xchanel Amtel can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Assist with community organization.
  • Provide tools and training sessions in business administration and management.
  • Improve access to loans and bigger markets to make marketing and sales easier and more beneficial.
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.

Explore Xchanel Amtel

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

Xchanel Amtel,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.