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Mexico experiences deep inequality, and drug-related violence sadly claims thousands of lives each year. 44 per cent of people live below the poverty line. For local children, poverty means inadequate healthcare, insufficient food, limited access to safe water, shelter and education as well as a lack of hope that things will ever change.

But our dedicated local church partners in Mexico witness transformation in the lives of children in poverty every day. With your support, they are providing holistic care that is tailored to the unique needs of each registered child.

Watch the video update below from our church partners in Mexico to learn more.

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Country update

How is Compassion currently operating in Mexico?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Many child development centres in Mexico are still operating differently to keep children, families and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The majority of local church partners are able to meet in person through home visits or small group gatherings.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Many letters from sponsored children in Mexico have been delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To abide by government restrictions and protect the health of local workers, letters were temporarily paused in some areas of the country. This is because our partners in Mexico heavily rely on public transport and volunteer couriers to deliver and send letters. Additionally, letters are printed and translated at the National Office and local staff have only been able to return to the office in limited numbers to work through the backlog.

    We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are received!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Mexico as normal, but they may take a little longer to arrive. Local workers will meet with the child and family to determine the best use of the gift and ensure it meets their greatest need.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for staff, churches, children and families in Mexico we serve.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray for God's healing hand to be over Alejandra's grandmother Maria who is in delicate health.
  • Pray that God would restore the health of baby Acosta's mother who has cancer.
  • Pray for Antonia, and other staff, as they care for mums and babies.
  • Pray for abundant wisdom and grace for our local church partners and staff as they serve children in poverty.
  • Pray for safety for vulnerable children and youth amid widespread drug-related violence.
  • Pray for strength and confidence for children as they study at school and seek further learning opportunities.
  • Pray for work for caregivers who need stable, consistent employment so they can provide for their families' needs.
  • Pray for God's protection over family relationships.
  • Pray for guidance for local and national leaders in Mexico as they make decisions.
Timely Health Checks in Mexico

Timely Health Checks in Mexico

Local Compassion staff in Mexico knew children living in poverty would be among the most vulnerable during COVID-19, especially if they had a medical emergency.   Read more open_in_new


Please note: Due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some child development centres in Mexico are temporarily unable to host large group activities. Our local church partners continue to meet the holistic needs of registered children through smaller group activities or home-based care.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Mexico

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 5 visit the Compassion centre for eight hours a week.
  • Children aged 6 and older attend the centre for six hours a week.

Compassion Program Activities in Mexico

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Compassion assisted children in Mexico typically attend program activities at their local child development centre before or after school and on Saturdays. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Mexico.

Devotional time - Children learn to pray.

Spiritual lessons - Children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

Break time - Children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

Social-emotional lessons - Children learn conflict resolution skills and how to develop healthy self-esteem. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

Lunch and social time - When children come to the centre for more than four hours, they generally receive a meal. When they attend for less than four hours, they are usually given a snack. The meals typically consist of meat, chicken or soy cooked with vegetables, fruit and fresh water. If they are served a morning meal, it will generally be ham, eggs and fried beans. A snack is usually fruit or a nutritious dessert.

Health lessons - Children learn practical health and hygiene tips.

Letter writing and career planning - Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

Children also learn leadership development skills and are invited to join in vocational training classes, such as carpentry, painting, cooking, computer classes, English, hammock making, silk screening, embroidery, hair styling and fish farming, according to their interests and circumstances.

Parents and caregivers are offered health education and parenting classes.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Mexico


mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births


of rural households lack access to basic sanitation

From its rugged, arid northern region to its tropical southern border, Mexico features diverse landscapes and cultures. This large Latin American country holds ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins, including the world’s largest pyramid—Cholula. Music and dance are important to local communities, as are family and soccer.

Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. It has a young population and historically, many people, driven by poverty, have migrated to the neighbouring United States to find employment.

Deep economic disparity and social exclusion remain in Mexico. Millions of Mexicans live in poverty, and drug-related violence claims thousands of lives every year. Rural areas are often neglected and huge shanty towns surround the cities.

In recent years, the Mexico-US border has become a focal point of international tension, with former US President Trump declaring he would build a wall to keep migrants out. In late 2018, a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central American nations travelled through Mexico en route to the US and fetched up at the border, where they were denied entry and driven back with teargas. Many said they were fleeing gang violence and grinding poverty—two issues that also affect many Mexican communities.

After former President Calderon declared war on Mexico’s powerful drug-trafficking organisations, in 2006, violence spiralled out of control, resulting in more than 200,000 deaths and one of the highest rates of kidnappings in the world. In July 2018, Andrew Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected President; his campaign focused on ending political corruption and drug-related murders. His success or otherwise will be measured in human lives.

Mexico is a large and diverse country and there are many areas which do not experience high levels of crime. Yet stabilising the nation to find a long-lasting and widespread peace has proved extremely difficult. Amid these circumstances, our local church partners are committed to bringing hope and lasting transformation in the lives of children in poverty.

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