The Juárez Project


Juárez, Mexico: a city withstanding conflict and corruption

In the aftermath of a drug war which lead to decades of corruption, exploitation, and socioeconomic inequality, Ciudad Juárez has been left damaged and vulnerable. Located directly across the U.S. border from El Paso, Texas, the city is a notorious center for drug trafficking activities and its accompanying consequences—homicide, human trafficking, and police corruption.

 3,116

In 2010, Juárez was known as the world’s most violent city, reaching an historically unprecedented 3,116 homicides—about eight murders per day.

 14,000

There are around 14,000 orphaned children in Juárez.

 98%

98% of murders have not been prosecuted in the past decade.

THE PROBLEM

Children in Need

After visiting Juárez in the aftermath of so much tragedy, our team has identified one group that has been left especially vulnerable—the thousands of children who have been left orphaned. Due to lack of government support, many of these children continue to wander the streets from home to home without any form of permanency. We assist the local community in identifying and supporting these children.

Inaccessible Education

Education in Mexico is not free and for many parents and guardians in Juárez, it is difficult to send children to school. As we spoke to community members and orphanage directors, we noted many children do not attend school because their parents or guardians cannot afford to pay the yearly fees. At IEP, we believe education is invaluable and a crucial step to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Unequipped Orphanages

We surveyed the city and found approximately 60 “mom-and-pop” orphanages — orphanages that individuals and groups have opened in the community to provide children with shelter, food, and other necessities out of the goodwill of their hearts. With little to no government assistance, these “mom-and-pop” orphanages need our help.

THE PROBLEM

Children in Need

After visiting Juárez in the aftermath of so much tragedy, our team has identified one group that has been left especially vulnerable—the thousands of children who have been left orphaned. Due to lack of government support, many of these children continue to wander the streets from home to home without any form of permanency. We assist the local community in identifying and supporting these children.

Inaccessible Education

Education in Mexico is not free and for many parents and guardians in Juárez, it is difficult to send children to school. As we spoke to community members and orphanage directors, we noted many children do not attend school because their parents or guardians cannot afford to pay the yearly fees. At IEP, we believe education is invaluable and a crucial step to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Unequipped Orphanages

We surveyed the city and found approximately 60 “mom-and-pop” orphanages — orphanages that individuals and groups have opened in the community to provide children with shelter, food, and other necessities out of the goodwill of their hearts. With little to no government assistance, these “mom-and-pop” orphanages need our help.

THE SOLUTION

We seek partnerships– identifying members and organizations already in action in their communities– and come alongside of them, aiding them in their projects. We’ve partnered with orphanages, food kitchens, and churches to start making a difference.

Many people in Juárez have been left vulnerable and victimized, but they have not been silenced. We actively seek to empower and partner individuals and organizations in the community to care for one another. We believe that in doing this we will be able to inspire people to live with the dignity of working for themselves and their own community rather than receiving handouts that strip away any sense of personal or communal accomplishment.


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Your gift empowers people who have been left orphaned and marginalized by providing health care, food, shelter, education and beyond.

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Partner with Juarez


Your gift empowers people who have been left orphaned and marginalized by providing health care, food, shelter, education and beyond.


Donate now.