NPH Mexico Brings a Life of New Opportunities to One Mixteco Youth

According to the OECD, in Mexico a young man with a college degree has a 78% better salary than a young man without one.
September 20, 2019 - Mexiko

Anael pictured before his arrival at NPH Mexico.

There are many stories of children arriving at NPH Mexico due to different circumstances, each of them searching for a better quality of life and care. Some Mexican children, born in the most remote areas, struggle for better opportunities. That’s why NPH Mexico approaches them and contributes its effort to help them achieve their goals. This is the case with Anael, a Mixteco boy that has lived at NPH for nine years.

Anael is from Metlatónoc, a town in the southwest state of Guerrero. This town is considered one of the poorest in the country. The National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI for its name in Spanish) conducted a population survey in 2005 and found that 52% of children over age 15 didn´t know how to read or write. But this was not the future Anael envisioned, he wanted more.

“I came here because one of my brothers told me about NPH. He said I could have better opportunities in my life—a professional career,” says Anael smiling as he thinks of his family.

He grew up with seven siblings. In fact, some of them also live at NPH. One of them finished college with our support and another is currently in Monterrey studying at the university.

“My brothers were a great support for me because I didn’t like to study. I had a lot of problems with that in the beginning. But I saw the change in them. And they told me to never give up and be a better version of myself. That’s when I felt motivated to continue and achieve things that I could have never done in Metlatónoc,” says Anael.

“I would love to study a career where I can take pictures or videos and show the world what NPH does for us. Maybe in that way I could give them back something in exchange for everything they have given me,” he muses.

The change in Anael’s life, as in many other NPH children’s lives, constantly motivates us to continue our work, doing our best to improve the lives of thousands of Mexican children who want the same opportunities as others who have access to a proper education and the possibilities that their birthplace could not offer them.

We can proudly say that more than 140 Mixteco children and youth are part of our family, all of them receiving the care, love, and attention they deserve and, of course, education.

Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.

Interested in supporting our Mixteco children in NPH Mexico? Visit our Seeking a Brilliant Future: Our Indigenous Children project.

Ivan Sotelo   
Communication Officer




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