Persistent poverty has been one of the abiding challenges of the Mexican economy. A World Bank assessment (2010) estimates that 51.3% of the population is at the National Poverty line. The median poverty line (2008) in Mexico is 1286.38 pesos per capita per month for urban areas and 715.89 Mexican Pesos per capita per month for rural areas (USAID, 2011). In other words 51.3% of Mexicans are living on an average of $2.90 a day.
The national income is unevenly distributed amongst its population leaving 60% of the country’s population with only 26% of the country’s income (World Bank 2010). This economic disparity means the poor have limited access to high quality services in health, education and housing, which are vital to breaking the cycle of social stratification.
Consider the Needy (CTN) is a program of humanitarian assistance to underprivileged communities and low-income families in the Northern States of Nuevo Leon, Tamualipas and Coahuila, Mexico. Distributions of humanitarian aid include but are not limited to: food staples, hot meals, clothing, educational supplies, books, toys and medicine.
The main goal for the CTN program is to help relieve suffering amongst marginalized demographics lacking access to quality social services and basic commodities. CTN identifies communities in extremely economically depressed areas and relies on its network of local business partners and concerned community members to help provide relief and address the most pressing needs.
Supplying impoverished families with essential basic needs of food, clothing, school supplies and medical assistance is an immediate relief strategy. This works as a stop-gap measure while other sustainable aid programs are implemented to improve their lives more permanently.
Humanitarian aid and values education book distributions are also conducted in public hospitals. The CTN program brings a ray of hope to suffering patients with cheery clowns, words of encouragement, and gifts.
Proyecto Rescate has organized over 320 humanitarian aid projects since 2002, benefiting more than 5,500 marginalized children and their families every year. Thanks to generous sponsors, CTN procures and distributes a yearly average of:
- 6,788 tons of food
- 2,275 toys
- 4,826 tons of clothing
- $43,750 worth of medical supplies
- $5,125 worth of school supplies
- 3 tons of household items