Cancun is a world-renowned tourist destination located on the Caribbean Sea. Cancún has everything: crystal-clear waters, white sand, finest hotels, excellent restaurants, shopping and good nightlife. Cancún is the gateway to the wonders of the Mexican Caribbean, the Maya World and close to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza.
While tourists enjoy all of these luxurious vacations local indigenous communities life in misery. South of Cancun & the Riviera Maya there are many villages where just the access of clean water to drink is a challenge. Many kids go through the day not knowing if there will be something for dinner.
Josue, Juan & Mario are sweet children, always hungry, always thirsty. As they receive something to eat or to drink, they at look at each in a silent agreement knowing to leave something for later.
Josue, the youngest one, is four years old even though he looks like he is two. His short life has gone through inadequate nutrition, few learning experiences, exposure to all kinds of bacteria and homelessness.
Josue and his siblings live in poverty; their basic needs have not been met. Every morning with an empty stomach they go around with their father looking for a job. They have not been able to participate fully in society, can’t have friends since they are always moving, don’t have access to food, to education or health services.
During our mission trip this summer, World Mission GO met many children in the same situation. Over half of the children living in villages south of Cancun live in the same situation, in families not earning a sufficient income to provide for basic needs.
World Mission GO wants to answer the call to be Jesus in the community and open a “Nutritional Center” – FACES OF HOPE – in leona Vicario. We will use the church facilities that are only being used on Sundays to open our first nutritional center based on the centers visited in Colombia, Peru & Guatemala in our previous missions.
FACES OF HOPE will be able to provide one meal a day for 50 children; uniforms and school supplies so they may go to public schools, a place to finish homework and study, and most importantly will bring people to Christ. Without this opportunity to be educated and mentored in Christ, the poverty cycle will continue. We recognize that it is not enough to simply fill the children’s stomach. As we partner with local organizations & churches we will promote continued sustainability, teach ways to improve their health beginning with the education about proper hygiene and basic first aid.
Children like Josue, Juan and Mario will be able to receive daily food. We will help them fight the effects of malnutrition, with time their small bodies will grow stronger, healthier and more resistant to illness. Consequently healthy children will then be able to concentrate on school attendance and learning.
The children in the Yucatan Peninsula deserve an opportunity to be healthier, get a proper education, and the minimum level of skills required to break the cycle of poverty.