La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, is a small city located 1490 km (926 m) south of the California-Mexico border. It’s famous for its magnificent sandy beaches, dramatic desert, abundant sea life, blood-red sunsets and (almost) cloudless skies.
Sadly, many inhabitants of this city, living far from the beaches, are living in subhuman conditions – hard for tourists to imagine. Many of the people have come from the interior of Mexico with a hope for a better future. However, Mexicans with few resources live in the poorest and most marginalized communities. For those who lack an education, only poorly paid, menial jobs are available.
The families that our charity serves live in a small community on the outskirts of La Paz called Vista Hermosa (beautiful view). Many have no access to piped-in water, electricity, and basic sanitation and sewage. Many live in one-room homes made of tin, cardboard or pieces of wood. Some have dirt floors on which they sleep. Others cook outdoors on an open fire.
The minimum daily wage is 70 pesos (approx $4.70 USD). The majority of the men work in construction, when they can find work, and the women clean homes. Desperate to feed their families, they work for wages that don’t allow for a decent standard of living.
The people of Vista Hermosa were born without the same choices and privileges that many of you and I enjoy. If given the option, we all would wish for a better life. Those living in Vista Hermosa are no different. Our desire at Care for Kids La Paz is to promote hope and opportunity, dignity and independence.