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Ministry Highlight: Mexico

mexico-facts We began our ministry in Mexico in 1980 with the Child Sponsorship Program, and through the years we have moved into highly impoverished areas to help children [3] in need.

But poverty continues to impact Mexico severely. The recent worldwide economic crisis hit the country hard with rising costs and lack of employment.

In the last five years, Compassion Mexico has experienced significant growth, increasing the number of registered children from almost 11,000 to nearly 20,000.

Country Director

Omar Villagran joined the ministry in Mexico as a Program Supervisor in 2003 and was appointed Country Director in 2004. Prior to this, Omar co-founded a nongovernmental organization called AMEXTRA, which combined community development with income-generating activities.

Omar’s father died when he was very young, so Omar was raised by his mother. He believes that his experience living in a single-parent household helps him relate to the vulnerable children he serves. Under Omar’s leadership, the ministry has grown from serving 4,000 children to serving 20,000 children.

Omar believes that strengthening our staff and providing a developmental perspective to our Implementing Church Partners is key to bringing hope to the children and youth in Mexico.

Omar holds a degree as a veterinary physician and zoological technician from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Implementing Church Partners

Implementing Church Partners are local churches with whom we work to deliver child development and ministry in the field.

Child Development Through Sponsorship

Your sponsorship of a child in Mexico provides a variety of benefits.

School in Mexico is typically held Monday through Friday, either in the morning or the afternoon, so ICPs plan their activities around the local school schedule. Child development centers in Mexico vary in the hours they are open. Below is a typical schedule, though some centers meet only on Saturdays.

Complementary Interventions

Our core Child Sponsorship Program, while comprehensive, does not address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. Compassion’s Complementary Interventions Program was created to work with our child development model to provide additional services, such as our AIDS Initiative, Bibles for all children, disaster relief and safe-water projects.

Some of the Complementary Interventions we offer in Mexico include health initiatives such as latrines; de-worming and vitamin campaigns to improve children’s gastrointestinal health and nutrition; curriculum; income-generating activities; and water projects.