Help Save Children in Mexico

In September 2017, a 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Oaxaca, Mexico. Thousands of homes and schools were reduced to piles of rubble. Roads and bridges – un-passable. 12 days later, the unthinkable happened: another violent earthquake destroyed Mexico City. 48 buildings collapsed, including schools with children inside. Save the Children was on the ground helping those who are most vulnerable – children. Our work protecting children and restoring education continues, thanks to the generous outpouring of support from people like you. Learn more about our commitment to Mexico, 6 months later. Read the Fact Sheet now.


Innocent children have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, gangs and crushing poverty in Latin America. After a dangerous journey, thousands of children seeking asylum have been heartbreakingly separated from their mothers and fathers when they reach the U.S. border.

How Save the Children Is Helping

Our teams in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are providing education, protection and peace-building programs. What’s more, we’re empowering vulnerable families and communities to build resilience, improve food security and so much more to ensure that no child goes hungry.

Here in the U.S., we’re working to help protect children, uphold their rights and meet their critical immediate needs in collaboration with trusted agencies. Together, we can keep children safe and well-cared for until they can be reunited with loved ones.

The Challenge for Children in Mexico

Living in extreme poverty and the aftermath of an earthquake, Mexican children need your help.*

  • 46% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 77 dies before their 5th birthday - 2 times that of the United States
  • 12% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 10% of school-age children are out of school
  • 12% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 15% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 16 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 6% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
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Our Work for Children in Mexico

Our emergency response experts helped support the immediate needs of children and other earthquake survivors in Morelos, Puebla, Mexico City and Oaxaca. Children have been displaced from their homes, living in makeshift shelters – some without lighting, clean water and sanitation. Many families were afraid to lose it all – camping outside their collapsed home to keep watch against looters.

Generous donations helped us create child-friendly spaces, provide health and hygiene supplies and provide essential emotional support to children who have seen far too much devastation.

Since 1973, Save the Children has served children in 16 of Mexico’s 31 states and the Federal District through programs in education, health and hygiene, nutrition, violence prevention, eradication of child labor and exploitation, environmental education and rapid response in emergencies.

  • Protected 22,745 children from harm
  • Supported 27,785 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 29,055 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 29,055 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Mexico

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Mexico, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor a Mexican Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child in Mexico and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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