Our Work in Mexico
Concern America currently supports 5 Field Volunteers, working with 580 trained community members, serving a population of 100,000 in Chiapas, Mexico. Concern America’s Integrated Community Development Program to Accompany Indigenous Mayan Communities began in the early 1980s and now benefits more than 800 communities and 70,000 people in the state of Chiapas. The population, primarily made up of Mayan indigenous groups including Tzeltal, Tzotzil, and Tojolabal, have been historically marginalized, internally displaced and neglected, and have long been targets of oppression and exploitation; however, the region has also seen the evolution of a strong grassroots struggle for indigenous self-preservation, strengthening of cultural identity, political, social, and economic justice, and the creation of autonomous communities.
In addition to providing health training and accompaniment to Health Promoter Practitioners and Midwives who provide vital health care services, Concern America also trains Veterinary Health Promoters in the region.
Concern America accompanies the community-based education commissions that run a local school system in 300 villages in their indigenous languages. A key role of Concern America is the design and creation of educational materials for the 3,000+ students.
Appropriate technology projects in the region include working with local community members to develop clean water systems and fuel-efficient stoves.
Concern America also accompanies and purchases items from weaving cooperatives and other community-based income generation efforts.