Mexico

Concern America currently supports 4 field volunteers, working with 700 trained community members, serving a population of 100,000 in Chiapas, Mexico.

A snapshot of our work-to-date

Location: Mexican State of Chiapas

Languages spoken: Spanish, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, and Tojolabal

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1980

Year established in Mexico

100,000

People impacted by program

800

Rural communities served

4,500

Students receiving community-based education in their indigenous languages

700

Community leaders trained in health, water, education, and income generation

About the work

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 100,000 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 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.

  • Community-led health care
  • Appropriate technologies in water, stoves, and sanitation
  • Community-created curriculum and schools led by education promoters
  • Supporting artisan cooperatives

We train and accompany health promoter practitioners and midwives who provide vital health care services where none exist.

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 4,500 students.

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Clean Water

Working in remote regions, Concern America’s teams not only help provide clean water through filters and water systems, but they also train community water committees which provide local maintenance and assistance to families.

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“In the communities, there are people from various political parties, ideologies, etc., often causing serious divisions, but when they gather together around a common need, especially something as essential as water, they begin to look past that. Their shared need becomes a shared goal.”

-Concern America Field Team Member

Washington Post

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