"Why does my faith mean I can't go to school?"
Alma and her family were thrown out of their village (in Bolaños Municipality, Jalisco State), along with around 60 others, because they are Protestant Christians. Their homes and possessions were destroyed.
They were forced to move to a town many miles away, living with several other families in a disused church hall. Alma was too late to enrol at the school in her new neighbourhood. As a result, she may never be able to complete her education.
Speak up for Alma and many more like her
This Children’s Day in Mexico (30 April 2019) we’re going to make a noise that the Mexican authorities can’t ignore.
Please join us in speaking up for children in Mexico to have an equal education, whatever their faith or the faith of their parents. Here’s how:
- Organise a ‘solidarity party’ – at your home, church, or wherever. Lots of youth groups are leading this, but you can take part whatever your age!
- Write a letter to your Mexican embassy – either at a party or on your own, using our guide.
Embassy of Mexico in London, 16 St. George Street, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FD
Embassy of Mexico in Canberra, 14 Perth Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia
Embassy of Mexico in Canada, 45 O'Connor St, Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4, Canada
Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC, 1911 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
José Gabriel's story
In 2016 José Gabriel and his family were forced to flee their village in Chiapas, Mexico. Village leaders tried to force them to renounce their Protestant beliefs, but they refused. Their possessions were destroyed and they live, along with several other families, in a temporary shelter.
#2 CSW manifesto
We believe no one should suffer discrimination, harassment or persecution because of their beliefs