Backyard farms

Funding required: $125,400

This project will help: 1,230 families across Mexico

Estimated completion date: February 2021

Country: Mexico

Compassion Mexico has been delivering food and hygiene packs to the more than 58,000 children and their families in the Compassion program. However, they recognize that the current economic situations of these family’s will not be resolved by receiving only occasional support. Compassion’s local church partners have identified 2,360 families who have expressed interest in producing their own food from home. This intervention will provide these families with safe and available food and help them overcome dependence on the program. Families will also be encouraged to collaborate and participate in groups for production purposes, creating community connections and using local resources.

COVID-19 has had a tremendous effect on the country of Mexico. They have consistently remained within the top ten affected countries in the world. Along with the devastating consequences of the virus itself, the pandemic has caused an economic crisis in the country. Large-scale unemployment and food insecurity has put the most vulnerable at risk. The World Bank estimated that before COVID-19, about 40 per cent of the population—53 million people—lived below the national poverty line. The economic impact of COVID-19 in Mexico could increase income poverty between 7.2 and 7.9 per cent. This means that between 8.9 and 9.8 million more people will find themselves with insufficient resources to acquire food and basic goods and services.

Help vulnerable families create backyard farms and increase food security


The need

Food has become scarce in urban and rural regions, due to two factors. First, there is a lack of food products by suppliers, who are keeping their businesses closed due to the pandemic. Second, prices of basic foods have increased significantly due to low supply and high demand. These two factors have put vulnerable children and families at a greater risk of malnutrition.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Compassion centres and programs throughout Mexico have mobilized to deliver hygiene kits, health care, health training and groceries such as beans, sugar, milk, rice, lentils and oil to those most affected by the pandemic. Many families rely on these provisions to survive. However, occasional support does not resolve their economic situation. Families need training and resources to be able to provide food security and sustain themselves in the long term.

What your gift will do

  • Provide 704 families with a vegetable sowing kit
    • Vegetables such as onions, carrots, parsley, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers and Serrano peppers
    • Steel mesh for fence
    • 1 shovel and 1 pick
  • Provide 1,656 families with supplies for the breeding of backyard poultry
    • 6 laying hens and roaster/boiling chickens
    • 5 kg feed for chickens
    • Wire for chicken coop
  • Provide each family with a Qavah: Food Security Manual
    • This resource will equip households with the basic knowledge of the causes of food insecurity. It provides a number of low-cost and simple measures to ensure a plentiful and continuous supply of food.


  • Local contribution: Because this is a disaster relief intervention no local funds are required.
  • Monitoring: Centre staff and church leaders will closely monitor this project.
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Mexico will ensure that this intervention stays within budget.
  • Follow-up: Centre staff and church leaders will follow up with families to ensure that they are thriving.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.