Our Affiliated Project: Casa Hogar Santa Inés in Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico — with its rugged mountains, rocky deserts, lush forests and tropical beaches — is home to over 200,000 species of animals. Humans have also called this breathtaking land home for at least 10,000 years. Prior to its Spanish conquest and colonization, countless Mesoamerican nations thrived here, including such civilizations as the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya and Aztec.
Today, Mexico is the world’s tenth-largest nation — and largest Spanish-speaking country by population — with a growing, diversified economy and a relatively stable democratic government. However, Mexico’s wealth of culture, history, natural resources and beauty, belies the condition of poverty in which many of its people live. Crime and murder rates here are high, and corruption and drug cartel activity are constant sources of concern despite recent efforts to eliminate them. Mexico City is no exception to these maladies. Over one million people in Mexico City live in abject poverty, creating congested and disease-ridden “lost cities” of mud and cardboard shacks. Near one such blighted community is the Casa Hogar Santa Inés, a refuge for orphaned and destitute girls. These girls are cared for and supervised by Sisters of the Franciscan Order of the Immaculate Conception. In a world made difficult by poverty, the Casa Hogar Santa Inés serves as a safe haven where the girls receive the assistance and encouragement to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they have come.