origin, 9%, Indian origin 30%, Mixed origin (Mestizos) 60%. The Indian
groups retain some of their traditional culture
and beliefs. such as the Day
of the Dead.
& standard of living
40% of the population share only 11% of the wealth and are considered
to live below the Mexican poverty line. Many families live
in total poverty and children are compelled to work on the streets
in order to supplement the family income.
Spanish but over 60 Indian languages are still spoken, such as Mayan,
and Nahuatl (Aztec)
plateau is surrounded by mountains with coastal plains. There are
several active volcanoes including Popocatépetl
near the project site of the Mexico Child Link
Trust. The terrain ranges from desert in the north to rain forest
in the south. Map
showing location of Mexico Child Link project
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), held power for 70 years
but lost elections to the opposition PAN in 2000 and 2006. Elections
are due again in 2012.
dollars (2010) This debt is unlikely to ever be repaid.
International has highlighted tortures and disappearances within Mexico
in recent years.
standard of living is way below the US or Europe. The minimum
wage is 46 pesos per day, about £2.20, or $4 US Dollars.
There is little or no welfare state and no unemployment benefit. Mexico
is one of the 4 worst countries in Latin America for income distribution.
In 2007 Forbes
published an article indicating that Carlos Slim had a personal
fortune of 53.1 billion dollars and was fast catching up on Bill Gates
as the world's richest man. Many billionaires were created after the
privatization of Mexican banks and telecoms in the 1990s
statistics are unreliable as it is officially claimed that unemployment
is only 2%-3%. A more realistic employment estimate would be 40% unemployed
are few official statistics, which gives an indication of the low
priority of this issue. Learning disability is often grouped along
with physical disability or mental health statistics. CONFE,
a Mexican Non Governmental Organisation has estimated that there may
be over 2 million children and adults in Mexico with some grade of
Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 6%, other 5%