The Kellogg Foundation has long been active in children’s and community development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1940. In 2010, we adopted a strategy to help weave self-reliant communities, able to offer children and families greater opportunities to succeed. Two micro-regions in Mexico were designated as areas of focus: the highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula.
Why This Work Matters
The highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula are areas with considerable poverty, presenting challenges to resident children and their families with regard to education, health and economic security. Yet both the people and geographic micro-regions have high potential.
Most of the people living in these regions are of indigenous origin: primarily Tzeltal and Tzotzil in Chiapas, and Mayan on the Peninsula.
Each micro-region possesses a strong social fabric, committed local leaders and rich opportunities for community and civic engagement. Both have rich natural and cultural assets. Both possess the potential to connect with more dynamic economies and both are priorities for governments, the private sector and other funders.
What We Support
We support a process in which citizens, including women and youth, define a vision and basic roadmap for their communities. We support projects designed and executed by civil society organizations, schools, cooperatives, companies and other funders whose work aligns with our priorities.
For example, we support efforts to increase families’ access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities, and implementation of sustainable water management strategies.
We work to improve infant and maternal health through increasing the number of local providers (for example, midwives and traditional doctors) and active disease control and prevention programs. And we support efforts to improve crop diversity and overall nutrition for children and their families.
Our educational focus is on children from kindergarten through ninth grade, with an emphasis on teacher quality, and on schools that take an intercultural approach. We also support continuing education after high school.
Much of our economic security work seeks to help families develop income generation alternatives, in part through local entrepreneurship and by developing women as leaders and entrepreneurs.
- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is working in the following municipalities:
- Highlands of Chiapas
- Yucatán Peninsula
- Santiago el Pinar
- San Juan Cancuc
- José María Morelos