When little children are forced to get on the bus and ride to the fields to work so that their family can benefit from another pair of hands and another dollar at the end of the day, they lose all hope of rising to a better life. They fall far behind in school, and most never return to finish their education. They are trapped in a cycle of poverty for the rest of their lives, destined to become adults with no other ability than to pick - and their lifetime of struggle is set in place.
Through the active ministries of Baja Missions' eleven churches along the Pacific coastline, we are trying to intervene and help the children stay in school.
Because the Mexican government charges registration fees and requires uniforms, the annual cost of app. $100 to go to school is beyond the reach of most families. Given the choice of educating their families or feeding them, they choose the latter. The result? A hopeless future of poverty is passed down to another generation.
Along the fertile shoreline of the Baja peninsula, some of the poorest people in Latin America struggle to survive. They work for American corporations that own land as far as the eye can see - tomatoes, grapes, strawberries - they all must be picked by hand. Hispanic families survive the only way they can, by working long hours in the hot sun - for about a dollar an hour. It's back-breaking work, with little hope for advancement in life.
Our churches are blessed with loving Sunday School teachers who invest a great deal of time meeting the needs of their children. Their involvement with their children goes beyond the church classroom - they are working with single mothers and poor families that cannot break the cycle of poverty alone.
Your gift of $100 goes directly into the hands of faithful christian Mexican leaders onsite whose priority is to help our children grow in “wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man.” The blessing you give a Baja child will last a lifetime.