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Hey grown ups – you have a lot to learn from us kids!

Today is Children’s Day in Mexico, and to celebrate we decided to hand over this blog to Marie Ester, eight years old (nine next month!), she lives with Pam and Alan at the refuge in Tapachula, Mexico and despite not having the easiest start to life she loves being a kid. In fact she believes that adults have a lot to learn from them.

We asked her to tell her what it is like to be a child at Misión México. This is what she told us.

Marie Esther in her Easter Bonnet

“Sharing my life with the other children of Misión México is the best thing.  I have a big family and I am never alone. Here I have everything and everything I have is thanks to Mum and Dad. The opportunities I have make me work harder.

The things I like about Misión México  is that I have friends with me. I hope that when I finish school I will be able to work and be able to help by giving back to Misión México.?

One of the best things about being a child according to Marie Esther is that they get to have fun and play games. She loves being creative and using her imagination; currently she is learning how to hand-stitch dresses for her dolls.

“When I play I am able to have fun and express myself. I learn to dance, to have fun, to surf, to skate, to sing, to play piano and to draw. Of all these things my favourite thing is drawing and reading books that are really interesting.”

Wise beyond her years, Marie Esther has a lot to teach us ‘grown ups’. Not yet blinded by never ending work loads, peer pressure, mortgages or expensive things she knows what is truly important.

Marie Esther and Ali with their eggs at Easter

Marie Esther and Ali with their eggs at Easter

“The things I love most in my life is that I have a big family, lots of friends and that I have everything I need that my Mother and Father have given me. I am not looking to have too much in life at this moment as I am happy just to have fun – life is short!!?

This Children’s Day, we at Misión México are thankful to have so many intelligent, creative and loving children in our midst who can remind us to make sure have fun no matter what we do. Please don’t let us forget it!

To help Misión México provide happy childhoods to children like Marie Esther please consider sponsoring a child today.

Ruben y Marie Esther at the beach

Ruben and Marie Esther having fun in the water

Childhood – it’s a risky business!

Contrary to what fairy tales and cartoons tell us, in most parts of the world being a child is a risky business. According to UNICEF, 7.6 million children under the age of 5 die each year. Of the 200 million that survive, their formative years are often spent overcoming obstacles and expectations placed on them according to their family’s income, where they are born, their ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. Some children then face the further challenges of disability, learning difficulties or behavioural issues. This is before you begin considering children who are exposed to physical, emotional or mental abuse, extreme poverty, slavery, prostitution, natural disasters, civil wars, substance abuse and so on. This is something we at Misión México cannot ignore, especially on Children’s Day.

The importance of ‘childhood’ is undisputed: it is a time when children develop self-concept which affects the way they approach any situation, task or relationship; it is a time for them to explore, gain confidence and take risks in a safe environment; and it is a time to learn how to succeed and, perhaps more importantly, learn how to fail.

Having fun at the beach!

The devastating emotional and behavioural effects negative experiences and relationships during early childhood development have on children, and the adults they become is not only felt at an individual level but effects the communities they are a part of. This partly explains cycles of poverty and highlights the importance of taking care of children so they can grow into successful adults that contribute to the economic and social development of their communities.

At Misión México, we are determined to invest in all our children at the earliest stage possible by providing good nutrition, health care, education, and a loving and encouraging environment where everyone has the safety and space they need to learn about themselves and what they are capable of, to learn resilience and how to bounce back from failure, and to learn about the world around them.

Cristian, Alex y Jennifer

Cristian, Alex y Jennifer

The introduction of our The Youth Transition Program (YTP) which focuses on those young people at Misión México reaching adulthood, shows our children are growing into  inspiring, clever, ambitious teenagers and young adults. Every day we see first-hand the colossal difference taking a child out of an unsafe environment and giving them their childhood back can have. Moacir, one of the first children Pam and Alan Skuse took under their wing is now living, studying and working in Australia. Another of Misión México’s success stories is Dulce who described the moment she arrived at Misión México,

“Suddenly I didn’t have to work, I didn’t have to worry, all I had to do was study?

Children’s Day in Mexico is about celebrating children and learning from them. Our children at Misión México have taught us how important it is to have a childhood and how resilient children can be when it is taken away from them too soon. It is our mission to give back to our children, the fun, adventure and carelessness of childhood by providing them with safe base from which to explore. We do this by giving them good food, love, safety and education.  In return they remind us every day to be more childlike – to explore, to learn and to have fun no matter what!

Ballet students

Ballet students