Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots – Volunteer Mexico

Oaxaca Mexico, Volunteer at Orphanage

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots

I visited this organization in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Had a tour around from the volunteer coordinator Loretta.  Really nice people, place and a great organization.  There are a variety of different opportunities to volunteer including in the kitchen, computer room, preschool class, medical center and the office.  They are always looking for volunteers with the requirment of basic spanish and a one month time commitment.  If you are interested in going to Mexico and specifically volunteering in Oaxaca, this is definitely an organization to check out.

What We Do

Oaxaca’s poorest families cannot afford education, basic health care, or a nutritious meal for their children. Government services are minimal and difficult to access. Education is not “free” in Mexico as it is in the US, so the poorest often must choose between feeding their children or sending them to school.

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots is working to help these families. Dedicated volunteers from Mexico and abroad have fostered the education, health, and well-being of Oaxaca’s street children since 1996. We have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the United States; we have no religious or political affiliations. The services we offer include a school sponsorship program, a food and medical program, and a community center.

Who We Serve

Seventy-five percent of the children in our program are Triqui Indians. The remaining 25% are other destitute indigenous and meztizo families in the area. There are more indigenous tribes in Oaxaca than in any other state. Each tribe has its own language with Spanish spoken as a second. Many people, particularly women, live their entire lives without ever learning to speak Spanish, much less read or write it. This cripples the individual’s ability to function in the Spanish-speaking society around them.

No one knows exactly how many street children there are but at almost any hour of the day thirty or forty Triqui children will be in the Zócalo (the city’s central plaza). Many of the children are the sole support of their families. There are also dozens more non-Triqui children shining shoes, singing songs, or selling chiclets. Recently small gangs of children have appeared and intimidated others, making life even rougher.

Mexico Address

Centro de Esperanza Infantil A.C.
Crespo # 308 Colonia Centro
Oaxaca, Oax.
C.P. 68000 Mexico

E-mail: oaxacastreetchildren at prodigy.net.mx
Local phone: 50 1 10 69
From the USA: 011 52 951 50 1 10 69

USA Address

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots Inc.
P.O. Box 29226
Brooklyn Center
MN. 55429

E-mail Addresses

Volunteering questions or to request information:
If you have questions or would like to request/plan volunteer service with Centro de Esperanza Infantil:
oaxacastreetchildren at prodigy.net.mx


Program information:
To request program information, brochures, pictures, etcera of Centro de Esperanza Infantil:
oaxacastreetchildren at prodigy.net.mx


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