Help us eradicate Homelessness in Mexico City

by Centro Creativo y de Reinsercion Mi Valedor Vetted since 2018

Summary

Mi Valedor is Mexico's first street paper generating a legitimate income for homeless and at-risk populations, following in the footsteps of the UK's 'The Big Issue'. The magazine works as a social tool to facilitate access to opportunities. At the Creative Center, we offer a variety of workshops for the vendors, which focus on recovering the self esteem and social skills that are often a symptom of social exclusion. Through these workshops, the vendors contribute to the editorial content.

$60,000
total goal
$30,675
remaining
287
donors
16
monthly donors
3
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Challenge

Social organizations working with homelessness estimate that 30,000 people are experiencing homelessness in Mexico City. The life expectancy among this sector is only 25 years, and yet, homeless individuals are subject to wide discrimination: 50% of deaths on the street are due to the denial of basic health services. Our system fails to respond to this problem: most homeless services are based on immediate assistance rather than long-term opportunities, and adult men are especially invisible.

Solution

Mi Valedor foments self-employment among homeless and at-risk sectors and provides them with personalized accompaniment. We offer sales training and creative workshops in order to prepare vendors for more formal employment, as well as the information they need to freely exercise their human rights. The magazine provides socially excluded and invisible sectors with a legitimate income and the opportunity to interact with the rest of society, while serving as a platform for free speech.

Long-Term Impact

In the last year, over 100 vendors have received training: there are currently 65 vendors in different stages of the program. Through therapy and creative workshops, they are acquiring the skills and confidence they need to aspire towards more formal employment. Several vendors are no longer sleeping on the streets and now pay for their own independent accommodation. With more resources, we can attend many more vulnerable sectors and bridge the wage gap and widespread inequality in Mexico.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.mivaledor.com
Season 1: The Voice of the Streets, vendor podcast
Season 2: The Voice of the Streets, vendor podcast
Stop-motion project with artist Nikki Schuster.
'Trash fiction', stop-motion project with Nikki S.

Organization Information

Centro Creativo y de Reinsercion Mi Valedor

Location: Mexico City - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​www.mivaledor.com
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @mivaledormx
Project Leader:
Paula Garcia
Mexico City, Mexico
$29,325 raised of $60,000 goal
 
329 donations
$30,675 to go
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