México

Country Details

  • Joseph House (Abundant Rain) has worked in Mexico since December 1999.
  • Population: 118,395,054 (2013 estimate)
  • Ethnic Groups: 65% Mestizo; 17.5% Amerincian; 16.5% White; 1% Black, Asian or other
  • Currency: Peso
  • Calling Code: +52

Our Strategy

Construction Projects; Orphanages; Food; Performing Arts/ Drama

The Context

Poverty in Mexico is measured under parameters such as nutrition, clean water, shelter, education, health care, social security, quality and basic services in household, income and social cohesion. It is divided in two categories: Moderate poverty and Extreme poverty. Eight million live with less than $1.25 a day; 5.1 million live with less than $2.00 a day; 10.9 million live with less than $2.50 a day; 26.9 million Live with less than $4 a day; and 37.6 million live with less than $5.00 a day.

  • Mexico's wealth is unevenly distributed among its people where 10 percent of nation's wealthiest have 42.2 percent of all income and 10 percent of the nation's poorest have 1.3 percent of the remaining income.
  • 53.4 percent of the rural population and 36.2 percent of the urban population has education below the 7th grade. 18.9 percent of the rural population and 8.9 percent of the urban population lacks any form of formal education.
  • Current figures estimate that at least 44.2 percent of the population lives under poverty. Of those, 33.7 live under a moderate state of poverty and at least 10.5 percent live under extreme poverty.
  • Mexico ranks 8th as nations with most number of poor. .

Our Work

Construction Projects; Orphanages; Food; Performing Arts/ Drama,

History

Our first recollection of international food distribution was in México, December 1999. At that time we were just finishing the holidays in the United Sates after Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had a surplus of turkeys. World news at that time was the countries were on the verge of Y2K coming into the year 2000 and fear seemed to be gripping many people. We had already planned a mission trip to Mexico to help Missions International with construction projects. So we gathered the excess turkey from the states and froze the meat. We transported the frozen meat to México where we cooked and distributed hot meals, tortillas with turkey and cheese.

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