Population: Over 120 million
Government: Federal Republic
Land Mass: 761,606 square miles
Currency: Mexican peso
Primary Religion: Roman Catholic
Infant Mortality Rate (per 1,000 births): 13.9

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From bustling cities to sleepy villages…from the lush Gulf coastline to the stark splendor of the Sierra Madre, Mexico possesses both unrivaled natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. But it also faces serious challenges, like the economic turmoil and drug violence that currently plague the nation. While parts of Mexico are modernizing rapidly, the standard of living for its poorest citizens has changed little in the past century. In isolated rural villages and overcrowded urban slums, the population of the desperately poor continues to grow. That makes Mexico a place where Children International can make a profound difference. 


Children International’s agency in Mexico is located in Guadalajara, the nation’s second largest city. An important cultural and financial hub, Guadalajara features elegant museums, historic buildings and a vibrant nightlife that give it an air of relaxed prosperity. But it also harbors large pockets of poverty – sprawling slums on the outskirts of town where basic services are scarce, and disease, unemployment and despair loom large. This is where Children International works – in five of Guadalajara’s poorest communities, helping support children and families in need of a better life. 

Needy children in Mexico


  • Drug trafficking has taken an enormous toll on Mexico, turning some of its cities into war zones and infiltrating every level of state and national politics.

  • 25% of the economically active population of Mexico is underemployed.

  • The success of Mexico’s industries, while generating economic value, has left its mark on the environment in the form of extensive air and water contamination, which impacts poor families the most.

  • Inadequate sanitation and drainage systems in Mexico’s poor communities foster an ideal environment for diseases like hepatitis, typhoid fever, dengue fever and other bacterial infections


Over half of Mexico’s population lives in poverty. Over 7% of children under age 5 are malnourished. The average income of sponsored families is $400/month, of which 75% is typically used for basic necessities like food, water and clothing.


  • More than 18,000 poor children and youth in Mexico are sponsored.

  • Sponsored children and youth receive vital assistance like free medical and dental care, nutritional support, educational assistance, family aid, clothing, school supplies and uniforms, shoes and more.

  • Five CI community centers in some of Guadalajara’s poorest areas provide safe havens for sponsored children, with access to computers, libraries, tutors and more.

  • A broad youth program helps sponsored youth learn to be leaders, develop job skills, learn about finances, participate in organized sports and give back to their communities.

  • An average of 90 HOPE scholarships are granted annually to eligible sponsored youth wishing to continue their educations

The Full Story

Click on the titles below to watch videos and slideshows or read stories about our programs in Mexico:

Double or Nothing in Mexico

Needy children in Mexico

A friendly wager in Mexico leads to the construction of a state-of-the-art community center in one of Guadalajara’s poorest neighborhoods. More...
February 21, 2012 – Tags: building a new community center

A Matter of Survival
October 15, 2007 – Tags: poor family in Guadalajara, extreme poverty in Mexico

Sponsorship in Mexico
January 5, 2009 – Tags: sponsorship video, poverty and sponsorship in Mexico

If you would like to know more about our Mexico operations please visit us at (In Spanish)