Uneven distribution of wealth in the country has caused a huge social divide and communities in the South of the country experience devastating poverty and deprivation which particularly impacts their children.
A lack of access to education and employment opportunities for parents sustains this level of poverty, and where state education is provided it is often of poor quality. The youngest boys in these communities remain in harm’s way from the local gangs and early marriages for girls, some as young as 12, are common in these regions. Such a poor start in life has a huge impact on a child’s future welfare and productivity.
In 1990, Father Al and the Sisters of Mary accepted the invitation of His Excellency, Msgr. Jose Maria Hernandez Gonzalez, Bishop of the Diocese of Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico, to establish charity programmes in Mexico to address the urgent need for care and vocational education to help their worst-affected children towards employment and freedom from these lives of poverty.
These programmes for children aged 11-18 provide full-time care, medical support, academic and vocational training which is accredited by the Mexican Education Authority (SEP) (Secretaria de Educacion Publica). The programmes set these most impoverished children on the path to full-time work and a brighter, more productive and secure future.
Mt Iztaccíhuatl Expedition Updates
In December 2024, Enrique climbs Mt Iztaccíhuatl. You can read his updates on training and preparing for the expedition here
World Children’s Day 2023
Every child has the right to education, but not every child can access education.
In September 2023, the UN reviewed its progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Over October, we reflected on how we work towards these goals within our programmes providing our children with the opportunities to escape from poverty and thrive.