Corporations and city leaders partner to help poor children in Mexico
Private and public entities contributed to the construction of a new community center.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 18, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Poor children in Mexico supported by Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, will have a brighter future thanks to generous corporate, foundation and civic supporters. Hewlett-Packard Guadalajara, the MetLife Foundation Mexico and the City of Tlajomulco, Mexico, have funded the construction of a new community center, which will serve 5,000 poverty-stricken children in Guadalajara. In a city surrounded by slums and increased drug activity, the center is the newest and fifth center opened by Children International, and promises to renew community and social development in areas plagued by gang activity, drug abuse and teen pregnancy.
The contributors helping to solve child poverty in Guadalajara have donated a wonderful new facility which features a much-needed medical clinic for children to receive checkups, treatment and support. Children will be able to visit a dentist at the new dental clinic – a service that most impoverished children never have the opportunity to receive. The new center also boasts a pharmacy, library, computer lab and meeting rooms.
A state-of-the-art sports complex will serve as an oasis in a desert of poverty for neighborhood children and youth. The complex includes a swimming pool, soccer field and basketball court on land donated by the City of Tlajomulco. It will provide a safe, positive place to play and congregate.
Children International president and CEO Jim Cook said, “Children International is fortunate to have partners such as Hewlett-Packard Guadalajara, Black Coffee Gallery Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Human Development Secretariat of Jalisco and Tlajomulco city leaders. The new center will change the lives of poor children in Mexico.”
In a whole child approach, Children International provides poor children and disadvantaged youth around the world medical and dental care, educational support and health education whose families often live on less than $1.25 a day.
About Children International:
Established in 1936, Children International is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Children International’s programs help more than 340,000 children and their families in 11 countries around the world including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Zambia, Honduras, India, the Philippines and the United States. For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child, visit www.children.org.
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