Program brochure: Orphanage Rev 14
- There are an estimated 132 -153 million orphans worldwide (UNICEF reports).
- Every day 5,760 more children become orphans.
- Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home.
- Studies have shown that 10% – 15% of these children commit suicide before they reach age eighteen.
- These studies also show that 60% of the girls engage in prostitution and 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.
About Tecate Mexico
Tecate is a small city in Baja California, Mexico located on the border with the United States in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. Although the city is only 64 kilometers (40 miles) from San Diego, the road to the border crossing traverses mountainous terrain.
In 2009 the U.S. government completed construction of a steel border wall on the Mount Cuchama international boundary. The eight-tenths of a mile barrier cuts a swath across the face of Mount Cuchama, which when viewed from the town looks like a scar. Most people in the town refer to the fence as “la cicatriz de Tecate” (the scar of Tecate).
“Tecate has other type of scars that despite time, do not heal and continue to hurt perpetuating pain and suffering: scars left by abandonment, lack of love and compassion; by the lack of a a family. These are children and youth from Tecate who have no reference in their short lives to imagine how a better world feels and looks like. They need you and me to start constructing a better present and bring hope for their future”
-Irma Martinez, El Faro Institute