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.
With the support of our donors, the Sisters of Mary started the Girlstown programme in Chalco in 1991 followed by a programme for boys in Guadalajara in 1998.
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.
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World Water Day 2022
Today we celebrate World Water Day 2022 and join with organizations globally to highlight the vital need to conserve and protect the earth’s groundwater.
International Women’s Day 2022
Celebrating the positive impact of education in the lives of girls