Mexico (Central America)

About the country

Compassion's work in Mexico began in 1979. There are currently more than 33,360 children participating in more than 185 child development centers.

Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Mexican children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

Population: 106,2 millions
Life expectancy: Male 72 years, Female 78 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 2,1%
People with HIV/AIDS: 63.000
Drinking water sources: 88%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 75%
Literacy rate: Male 76%, Female 76%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 53%

Child Sponsorship Program

Child Sponsorship Program in Mexico

Compassion's work began in Mexico in 1979. The Child Survival Program was started in 2012.

School in Mexico typically operates from Monday to Friday, either in the morning or the afternoon. Compassion church partners plan their activities around the local school schedule.

The Compassion office in Mexico has an initiative to bring Bibles to children every two years. Children normally receive a Bible according to their age. The little ones receive an illustrated Bible, and the youth receive one that will help them develop a stronger relationship with Christ by recommending specific Bible portions and by suggesting sequences to carry out Bible devotions and time alone with God. Not every child will receive a new Bible every two years, but those children who need a Bible will receive one. As children grow they have different needs, so those who learn how to read and write receive a complete Bible instead of a picture version. Newly registered children also receive a Bible.

When the children come to the child development center for more than 4 hours, they receive a full meal. When they come to the center for less than 4 hours or for an extracurricular activity, they receive a snack. A meal consists of a main dish, which is typically meat, chicken or soy cooked with vegetables, fruit and fresh water. If children are served a morning meal, it will generally be ham, eggs and fried beans. A snack is usually fruit or a nutritious dessert.

Children participate in sports, special celebrations, birthday celebrations and service activities regularly. Camps and field trips are held once or twice a year. To help meet the needs of teenagers, the adolescent programming, which varies from center to center, includes vocational training such as carpentry, painting, cooking, computer classes, English, hammock making, silk screening, embroidery, hair styling, and chicken and fish farming.

Parents are typically involved in activities such as parenting classes, income-generating activities, evangelistic campaigns, discipleship activities, health activities planned for families, and other special events such as parent/children exercise.

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