Our Affiliated Site: Hogar Santa Maria in Monterrey, Mexico
Today, Mexico is the world’s tenth most populous nation — and largest Spanish-speaking country by population — with a growing, diversified economy and a relatively stable democratic government. However, despite the country’s wealth of culture, history, natural resources and beauty, many natives and immigrants are plagued by impoverished living conditions. Crime and murder rates in the country are high, and corruption and drug cartel activity are constant sources of concern despite efforts to eliminate them.
The city of Monterrey is no exception to these maladies. Although renowned for its iron and steel production, in addition to glass, furniture, electronic equipment and automobiles, citizens of the city of Monterrey are plagued by high underemployment. Wages are low, and few resources are offered to help impoverished families rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come. Our affiliated site, Hogar Santa Maria, was founded in 1970 to serve as a refuge for children in one of Monterrey’s underserved communities. The Home offers weekday boarding for local boys and girls, and after school programs so that children have a safe and loving environment in which to learn and play while their parents work late in the evenings or at overnight shifts.