Oaxaca’s history and diverse cultures make it an extremely popular place in Mexico for outsiders to visit. Yet not all visitors are aware that 77% of the 3 million people who live there live in poverty. Many of the children sell trinkets or shine shoes for tourists to support their families.
Based in Arkansas, Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, it works with families to provide meals and medical care to the children most in need. At its inception, the organization focused on the Triquis community, one of the poorest indigenous groups in the country. It now works with all children based o need. It also works with its sister organization, el Centro de Esperanza Infantil, which works with children to seek education. Check this organization’s work – they are always seeking volunteers – and sign up for their Facebook or YouTube.