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The Need

The Baja Peninsula is home to thousands of asylum-seeking families from places including southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Families migrate north daily in search of a better life, but when they get turned away at the U.S. border they often find themselves in severe poverty, with ethnic backgrounds that are largely unaccepted.

Mexico At A Glance

Climate Semi-Arid

Current Temp: 57°

Population

125,959,200

Religion

94.8% Catholic

Language

Spanish, native tongues

Region

Central America

Mexico Information

Weather

Baja’s summer is short - the “hot” season lasts from July - September, with an average daily high temperature in the mid-80’s. Winters are mild with average temperatures in the mid-50’s.

Poverty

46% of people live below the poverty line

Undernourished/Food Insecurity

28% experience moderate or severe food insecurity

Currency

$1 USD = 20 Mexican Pesos (MXN)

Demographics

Mexico is primarily populated by Mestizos (people of mixed blood, especially one having Spanish and indigenous descent) and Amerindians (any member of the people living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived).

Economy

While Mexico has the 11th largest economy in the world, income distribution in this country is extremely unequal. Nearly half of the population falls below the poverty line, both from a food-based definition of poverty and from an asset-based definition of poverty.