Classrooms in Mexico

Funding required: $40,000

This project will help: 57 beneficiaries

Estimated completion date: June 2022

Country: Mexico

Executive summary

Shelter is an essential human need that impacts every area of a child’s life including their health, self-esteem, education and socialization. Sadly, for many children supported by Compassion in Rwanda, a safe home environment is simply not a reality.

In Ejido Salvador Urbina, Mexico, Compassion is partnering with the Central Church of Carrillo Puerto to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. More than 70 per cent of the population in Ejido Salvador Urbina lives below the poverty line, with 23.7 per cent living in extreme poverty. Children here have limited access to basic services including education. Seeing the need, the church in nearby Mapastepec was eager to launch an extension of their holistic development program to reach vulnerable children in Ejido Salvador Urbina. This extension successfully launched in 2015.

Unfortunately, the church faced a major setback in 2017 when a serious earthquake damaged their building beyond repair. The building was consequently torn down, and over the last several years church members have been slowly raising funds to rebuild it. In the meantime, they have pulled together their own resources to construct two temporary outdoor classrooms made of metal poles with panel roofs and no walls. A single curtain currently functions as a partition between age groups.

Despite the admirable dedication of staff, the situation is far from ideal. Without walls in their classrooms, children are left exposed to wind and rain. The spaces are overcrowded and cannot accommodate children comfortably, making it difficult for them to focus during lessons. Chairs, tables and blackboards must all be set up and taken down daily. Children’s attendance has suffered, too. This has been disheartening for staff, who are doing their best to provide a positive experience despite these challenges. The church wants to continue expanding the program in Ejido Salvador Urbina to reach more children with life-transforming care. However, without proper classrooms, this is simply not possible.

This intervention will see the construction of three classrooms, complete with walls and a roof, ventilation and electricity to provide a safe learning environment for 57 boys and girls who attend the Compassion centre weekly. Children and youth will feel comfortable with a dedicated space to learn and grow, prompting them to attend regularly. It will also help beneficiaries’ behaviour; with fewer distractions they can receive the benefits of the holistic child development curriculum and seize the opportunity of a better life.

Your support will enable 10 frontline church partners in Uganda to provide 178 post-secondary students with access to the technology they need to continue online learning. Compassion centres will be provided with computers and tablets and will be equipped to set up their own computer facilities for students to access at any time.

Did you know?

Sadly, more than 31,000 children under the age of five die in Mexico every year. Only 68 per cent of all students will complete high school, and even fewer attend post-secondary education. By supporting our church partners in Mexico, you are giving vulnerable children the chance to get the holistic care they need and deserve!

Summary

Background

Compassion’s partners in Ejido Salvador Urbina, Mexico, are working with highly vulnerable children and families with a vision to see many lives transformed. Their building was destroyed by an earthquake in 2017, leaving them reliant on flimsy temporary structures to house children’s activities. The spaces are overcrowded and don’t even have walls, making it difficult for children to focus during lessons and receive the full benefits of the program. Every time children attend activities, staff have to set up; take down; and store all tables, chairs and educational materials. The church wants to reach even more children in this community. However, this is dependent on having proper classroom spaces, and most of their resources are currently going towards reconstructing their building. Without new classrooms, the future of the program could be in jeopardy.

The need

Compassion believes that all children deserve a safe and comfortable place to learn. Our partners in Ejido Salvador Urbina in Mexico have been serving vulnerable children and families for several years, but a lack of proper classrooms has become a hindrance to growing the program any further. Current beneficiaries are already struggling to learn in the flimsy, temporary structures that are currently being used as classrooms. These structures are temporary and will not last. If they are destroyed or damaged, the church would have no alternative space for children and could be forced to close the program.

You can provide three new classrooms for children in Ejido Salvador Urbina. Each classroom will be constructed to last with four walls and a roof and will meet national security standards. Classrooms will have proper lighting, ventilation and space for seating. Each age group will have fully separate spaces for learning, reducing distractions. The church is doing everything they can to pitch in, supplying labour and food for workers. Some church members skilled in masonry have already volunteered their services. With your help, the church in Ejido Salvador Urbina will be able to firmly establish their program and continue reaching even more vulnerable children and families in the future.

What your gift will do

Your support will provide three permanent 6.5 x 4 metre classrooms for the Compassion centre in Ejido Salvador Urbina, Mexico, including the following:

  • Construction materials:
    • Black work
    • Foundations
    • Columns
    • Walls
    • Roof
    • Plastering
  • Finishings:
    • Electrical installation
    • Hydraulic installation
    • Paint
    • Tiles
    • Windows and doors

Logistics

  • Local contribution: $6,075.81; church members will provide manual and skilled labour.
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Mexico will ensure that this intervention remains within budget.
  • Follow-up: The church pastor, committee president and a church member with knowledge in the construction field will oversee the construction. Children’s attendance is expected to improve after this intervention.
80%

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.