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Hola / Hello from Mexico

Language: Spanish

Luxury resorts and ancient ruins make Mexico one of the world’s most visited countries. It is also a country that faces poverty and a powerful drug culture. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Mexico Stats

POPULATION: 129,150,971
82.7% Roman Catholic
5.5% Evangelical
12.2% Other or None




A girl stands in front of cactus and smiles

A girl smiles and stands between two cacti.

Children pray before a meal

A group of children pray before a meal at their child development center.

Two friends sit at a table and read their Bible together

Two friends sit at a table and read their Bible together.

A girl stands in front of her city and smiles

A girl stands in front of her city and smiles.

Children celebrate with confetti

Children laugh and smile as they throw confetti into the air.

Three teenage girls dress in traditional Mexican outfits

Three teenage girls dress in traditional Mexican outfits.

Children playing soccer on a field

A group of girls play soccer together.

A girl sits in a hammock and smiles

A young girl sits on a hammock outside her home.

Two girls sit on a hill with mountains behind them

Two girls from a mountainous region sit next to each other on a green hillside.

Children stand singing and clapping in class

Children sing and learn songs together in class.



  1. Mexico is the birthplace of chocolate.
  2. It is home to the world's largest pyramid by volume, the Great Pyramid of Cholula.
  3. It is rich in cultural, historical, and natural wonders, including Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, and the historic center of Mexico City.
  4. Mexican cuisine is internationally renowned and recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  5. It has a rich tradition of vibrant and colorful festivals.


Issue: It’s not uncommon for Mexico’s powerful drug cartels to recruit children. Some young people see it as their only way to a better life — especially among the 46% who live in poverty. They don’t anticipate the violence and danger they’ll face as a result.

Response: Compassion staff members know each child and are in a position to intervene if he or she is at risk. The centers also have educational and recreational activities to capture children’s attention so they aren’t tempted to fill their time in unhealthy ways.

Prayer Point: Pray for children affected by the influence of drugs or gangs — pray they will find the courage to pursue lives of hope and peace.

A teacher helping a boy with his art project

Beneficiaries feel safe and learn new skills while attending the Compassion child development center.


Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in Mexico.

Did You Know?

Mexico is a vast land with a variety of terrains. From mountains and canyons to deserts, rain forests and beaches, Mexico has a lot to offer!

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Life in Mexico

Mexico Fast Facts

Official Name: United Mexican States

Form of Government: Federal presidential republic

Capital: Mexico City

Population: 128,649,565

Official Languages: Spanish

Currency: Mexican peso

Area: 758,449 square miles (1,964,375 square kilometers)

Compassion has been working in Mexico since 1976. These Mexico facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Mexico but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Mexico facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of poverty overwhelm you. Sponsor a child in Mexico!