Children have the right to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation.
Corazón supports disadvantaged children by providing them first with safety and security.
How we do it
We break the cycle of poverty in our community by providing access not only to the basic necessities like shelter, food and education, but also to the tools and support needed for healing and personal growth.
Children cannot move forward successfully until they have basic access to shelter and protection from abuse. Once they have that security, we can help them move forward into a life filled with promise.
Children and youth are brought to us either by Police, when a crime has been committed, by Child Services when they are trying to keep siblings together and by family members who find themselves unable to provide or need protection for a child from an agressor who authorities have not managed to detain. Ranging in ages from roughly five to twenty-four, most are victims of abandonment, exploitation and abuse with parents either incarcerated, deceased, struggling with substance misuse or disappeared. We receive no government support. Read more...
Our commitment, once a child walks through our door, is to provide a safe, inclusive home environment and to uphold and defend their rights at all times. These rights include access to healthcare, education and the necessities of life, as well as safety from violence, exploitation and abuse. Situations often include protecting children from family members, mainly Mothers and Fathers, which can mean being unpopular at times, as Child Protection Services generally opt for reintegration to lessen the administrative load, even when there is a history of intrafamilial violence and abuse.
We ensure children are provided the opportunity to be heard which includes when necessary accompanying them to give statements at the Police Station and/or judicial and administrative proceedings.
When required, our Lawyer provides Legal Representation, consistent with the procedural rules of Mexican Law.
Help Corazón protect Mexican Children from violence, abuse and exploitation.
Bullying and Discrimination
About 28 million children and adolescents are bullied in Mexico, making it the number one country in the world in cases of bullying.
How Corazón combats Bullying
Having an in-house school gives us a tremendous advantage in terms of early detection and prevention of bullying and/or discrimination. Many children have experienced such high levels of bullying, discrimination and violence in past family and/or learning environments that it takes months or even years for them to trust and believe they are free to be themselves and that their integrity and individualism will be protected. Once this transformation takes place, the possibilities are endless!
One child at a time
Gender Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
(UN Sustainable Development Goal #5)
At Corazón, we ensure that boys and girls have the same rights, freedoms, rules, obligations and opportunities, dismantling stereotypes through education and interactive and artistic expression and reprogramming, equipping them with the tools to create and maintain violence-free relationships and environments.
More than 90% of our new arrivals bring with them no health or immunization records, clinical backgrounds or family health histories. Add to this, apprehension around sharing personal information for fear of discrimination or rejection.
Anemia, Asthma, Obesity, Incontinence, Chickenpox, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, Despression, Anxiety, Anorexia, Syncope, Scoliosis, Measles, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Brain Tumors, Ovarian Cysts, Fever, Malnutrition, Lactose Intolerance, Kidney Stones, Urethral Stricture, Fetal alcohol syndrome, Amenorrhea, Ankyloglossia, Energetic Attachments, Speech impediments, Hearing impairment, Aphasia, Dental Caries, Testicular hernias, Trauma, Candidiasis, Bronchiolitis, Digital Deformaties, Insomnia, Hyperdontia, Nightmares... all treated at Corazón.
Successful inclusive education happens primarily through accepting, understanding, and attending to student differences and diversity, which can include physical, cognitive, academic, social, and emotional. The driving principle is to make all students feel welcomed, appropriately challenged, and supported in their efforts. Children and youth with disabilities, disorders and diseases, youth in recovery from addictions... all advance through faith and education when given the chance.
Help us weave a tapestry of hope for a better future, one child at a time.
More than 70% of 50.5 million women and girls aged over 15 in Mexico have experienced some kind of violence (Reuters)
How we help
Over the past decade, Corazón has provided temporary shelter and support for 17 impoverished women and their children, some with addictions requiring treatment, some fleeing from domestic violence/abuse and others abandoned by spouses and family members.
We empower them and their children providing access to counselling, parenting workshops, treatment for trauma and addictions and a sanctuary where they are able to heal, transform and have a fresh start.