Providing a Safe Home to Vulnerable Children in Mexico

SOS Children’s Villages began its work in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico, in 2003 and has been offering children with special needs a loving home with a provision of therapy, treatment, activities and education ever since. After twelve years, the SOS family homes required a range of restoration work and Transat’s generous support has helped ensure that the SOS Children’s Village Tuxtla remains a safe home for Mexico’s most vulnerable children.

Caring for children with disabilities in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, MexicoIn Mexico, possibilities are limited for children living with a disability. In the Chiapas region, where the SOS Children’s Village Tuxtla Gutiérrez is located, severe conditions of poverty and social exclusion continue to affect thousands of families. Children born to young parents in this area, who often go on to have large families, are particularly vulnerable, especially when they have a disability. In many cases, children with disabilities do not have access to proper health care or education opportunities and are frequently excluded.

This is the reason why SOS Children’s Villages Tuxtla Gutiérrez began its work in 2003. Alongside its family homes, the SOS Village includes the services of a multidisciplinary team composed of a doctor, a physical therapist, an occupational and speech therapist, a teaching specialist and a counsellor working together to benefit the children.

61 children from the region who are no longer able to live with their parents currently find a loving home in one of the 8 SOS families of the SOS Children’s Village Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Almost 70% of the SOS children in this SOS Village have special needs. The specialized care they receive greatly contributes to their holistic rehabilitation and the results on the children have been a drastic improvement in their health and cognitive development.

The SOS Village has been a loving home for more than 12 years and in 2015, it now required a range of restoration work to the family homes, including: electrical maintenance, new roofing, and the replacement of broken appliances. Thanks to the support of Transat and its employees, SOS Children’s Villages received the help they needed to make sure that the SOS Children’s Village Tuxtla remains a safe home for Mexico’s most vulnerable children.

Now, that renovation work has been completed and SOS mothers are delighted by the changes Transat’s gift has made possible in their homes. SOS Mother Josefina, who has been an SOS mother for almost 12 years now, has had her home repainted and received new appliances in the kitchen. ‘‘These might be small repairs,” says the SOS Mother, ‘‘but they do make a great difference to the quality of my family’s life. ’’

Thanks to this generosity, the SOS family homes will continue to serve as a safe and nurturing environment for future generations of vulnerable SOS Children in Tuxtla.