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Our Work in Mexico
In 1982, Childcare Worldwide started a food distribution program in Mexico—taking food from a warehouse in San Diego, California to needy families in Tijuana. Today, we continue to focus primarily on feeding. We have an active Survival Pak program that distributes supplies of food to hungry families.
Climate: varies from tropical to desert
Natural Hazards: tsunamis and hurricanes along the Pacific coast, volcanoes and earthquakes in the center and south
Population: 114,975,406 (0-14 yrs = 27.8%; 15-64 yrs = 65.4%; 65 years and older = 6.7%)
Population below poverty level: 51.3%
Religion: nominally Roman Catholic 76.5%, Protestant 5.2%, unspecified or none 16.9%, other 1.4%
Languages: Spanish, various indigenous languages
Literacy rate: 86.1%
Capital: Mexico City
Industries: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism
Agricultural products: corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, fruit, tomatoes, beef, poultry, dairy products, wood products
Currency: Mexican peso
source: The World Factbook
Ancient Mexico was home to some of the most advanced civilizations in the Western Hemisphere. After the Mesoamericans came the Mayans and the Aztecs, cultures that we know very little about due to the destruction of the empires by the Spanish invaders. During the Spanish Inquisition of the mid 1500’s, Catholic doctrine was enforced by the government and those who were considered heretics were killed.
The Mexican people were inspired by the American and French Revolutions and began fighting for their independence. Mexico gained their independence in 1821, but did not have stability in their government until 1929. Since then they have faced many problems, including a struggling economy, but they continue to work towards a peaceful democracy.
Food in Mexico
Mexican food is centered around 3 main items, tortillas, beans and chili peppers. The beans are boiled, fried, re-fried, in soups or on tortillas. The tortillas are made with pressed corn or wheat flour and cooked on griddles. Another favorite is fresh fruit juices which are available from street vendors.
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