A unique training resource in Atlixco, Mexico for abandoned
children with learning disability
A variety of
small scale productive projects have been developed and established such
- Rabbit meat
- Sheep rearing,
- Egg production,
- Worm compost
- Fish rearing
in irrigation pond,
- Seed selection.
- Trees as
- Forage hedge
One of the
first Dorper-Romanov-Pelibuey lambs.
Self sufficiency in Mexico
key feature of the project run by Mexico Child Link is the unique training
opportunity provided by a small working farm in Tenextepec, Atlixco.
Two adobe houses, home to 12 abandoned
children and young people with learning disability, are situated in
2.5 acres of rich agricultural land in the valley of Atlixco, overlooked
by the famous volcano Popocatépetl.
The farm provides the children with a peaceful environment to live in,
away from Puebla and the dangers of life on the streets. They can witness
events such as the birth of a lamb and
experience the benefits of a more peaceful environment. The farm, based
upon elements of Permaculture & sustainable agriculture, provides
a degree of self sufficiency for the project and allows the children to
learn practical skills. The children learn to look after sheep & goats
and they also help with the sowing and harvesting of crops such as sweet
potato, maize, peanut and avocado.
uses a system of sewage treatment which recycles waste water for agricultural
use. The semi-cleaned water, rich in nutrients, is used to irrigate fruit
trees and forage crops & does not add to environmental degradation.
The resident children are taught to use basic farm tools, as well as to
care for a range of animals such as chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep.
The children learn different skills and are divided into groups according
to ability and interest. These skills help them to find meaningful employment
as adults or will enable them to look after domestic animals of their
currently has a flock of around 60 Pelibuey sheep, bred from 8 animals
purchased in 1997. A local sheep producer donated a Dorper-Romanov
stud ram to the project in 2001 and a programme of genetic improvement
of the Pelibuey stock is underway. The
project plans to sell stock for genetic improvement of local flocks. This
will provide the project with an income stream and promote its sustainability.
1000 trees have been planted on the project site, including many fruit
trees and native Mexican species such as Guaje. (leucaena)
Hot water is
produced by solar water heating panals. These were recently replaced with
a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation. (Fundación Comunitaria)
maintain the farm - make a donation
like to pay for the irrigation water
at the farm?