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Mexico is an emerging country and at the same time faces numerous social and environmental difficulties. The structural causes of poverty continue to exist: 45 percent of the population lives in poverty. 10 percent are considered extremely poor. The number of violent acts in Mexico has been at a very high level for years.

In our project work we stand up for the rights of migrants. We strengthen migration committees and self-help groups to counter the effects of labour migration. We support the health care of migrant women and offer protection against legal violations.

Lobbying for safe migration: IMUMI demonstrates to draw attention to the death of migrant children (Photo: IMUMI)
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Lobby work to strengthen the rights of young migrants and returnees

The focus of our Mexican project partner IMUMI is mainly on lobbying. Together with a network of NGOs, IMUMI campaigns for the allocation of protection measures for unaccompanied minors and advocates access to education for children and young people of transnational families.

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In the migration hostel "La Sagrada Familia" a building project is being implemented to make the accommodation safer. (Photo: AWO International)
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"La Sagrada Familia" - A safe haven for migrants

Every year, about 400,000 migrants pass through Mexico on their way to the United States. 7,000 of them find protection at the migrant hostel "La Sagrada Familia" in the municipality of Apizaco. AWO International supports the hostel to make the accommodation safer.

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Migrants in transit are provided with a warm meal by the hostel La Sagrada Familia (Photo: UMUN)
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Strategies for the protection of migrants

Mexico experiences the entire migration cycle: Every year about 450,000 migrants from Central America cross the country, many of them staying in the country. But thousands of Mexicans are also on their way themselves. But migration harbours many dangers. Together with our partner organization UMUN, we are carrying out a project to reduce risks.

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Even two years after the earthquake, thousands of houses are still badly damaged and have to be rebuilt. (Photo: AWO International)
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Reconstruction of affected communities after the earthquake in 2017

Even two years after the disastrous earthquake in Mexico, thousands of houses are still badly damaged. Many families do not have the financial means to repair or rebuild their houses, nor do they receive any government support. Together with our local partner, we support affected families in Morelos.

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Computer courses, job application training, information courses or leisure activities: The range of youth initiatives is diverse. (Photo: Katrin Neuhaus/AWO International)
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From young people for young people

Since 2013, AWO International has been supporting youth initiatives in Central America and Mexico that have emerged from development projects. This enables young people to implement their ideas and projects with their own resources.

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Concentrated on the set: The young filmmakers take over everything from the use of the camera to positions, light, color, sound and production. (Photos: ECC)
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Participative Communication: The Central American Film School ECC

Communication is a human right: The film school ECC trains young people in Central America in the field of participative communication. In order to reflect on their own life reality through the medium of film, they learn everything from the use of a film camera to the implementation of their own production.

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