Project information

A Home for Street Children in Guadalajara, Mexico

To make a meaningful change in the life of the children at this homeless shelter. To build a home where the orphans will benefit in the short and long term. To provide the resources and financial support for the first 5 years or until the programme is absolutely self sufficient.

1 to 5 years

Charity information: Kids Around The World Limited

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  • Need


    With anything up to 2,500 street children in GDL there is a need to provide the basic things, housing, food, medical care, psychological support and education to escape the dangers of the streets. Life on the streets presents a world of problems, with these children often subject to abuse and exploitation; turning to begging, stealing, prostitution and drugs to survive.


    First the most basic needs, acquiring a house equipped with solar energy, eco friendly toilets, also creating a vegetable garden therefore making the project self sustainable in less than 5 years. With children who have had to face so many issues and hardships at such a young age it's really important that we provide the support of psychologists and provide proper medical care. We will ensure the children have the opportunity to gain an education and provide skills training.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a self sustainable multi utility shelter for 20 homeless children


    » Building a self sustainable shelter, with solar energy, ecological toilets, recycling culture, a 10mt x 10mt vegetable farm
    » Create a place for a food bank, gathering food from different markets and restaurants, create set a soup kitchen for the homeless
    » Creating a central point of help for the community, keeping the old traditions, using only biodegradable products, creating an eco friendly culture
    » Psychiatrist, doctors, nurses, physiotherapist and anyone else working for the shelter will also give time to community work

    Success will be the safe housing of 20 children in this home and off of the streets away from harm. The self sustainability will be demonstrated by decreased expenses.

    Aim 2

    To provide educational opportunities to these children along with skills training


    » We will partner with local schools to provide education and after school programmes for those falling behind
    » We will partner with local businesses for skills training, holding workshops for welding, carpentry, electrical, construction and arts

    Success will be enrolling all children into school, attendance and achievement records will be kept for each orphan and reported to stakeholders & supporters.

    Aim 3

    Start making real changes in this orphanage, in one of the poorest communities


    » Locate the shelter in a strategic spot where it will have a larger impact on the kids and their community, close to schools and recreational areas.
    » Provide a space for a food bank and help the kids and the community
    » Create a small backyard farm to supply vegetables for the kids and implement a community programme for backyard farming and self sustainability.
    » Prepare the kids for their adult life, and plant the seed of charity and self-esteem, and make this an ongoing project interactive with the community.

    Success will be the day to day operation of the facility. Video diaries will be made documenting the developments. Blogs will be posted on the website.

    Aim 4

    To provide the much needed support of social workers and psychologists for the children


    » The home will employ qualified staff to provide these services

    Success will be having available staff to work with the children giving them support they desperately need.

  • Impact


    The project will provide a permanent safe home for the children. By providing education and skills training these children will become employable and will not need to return to the streets. The shelter will become an integral part of the community and offer welfare to the local residents. The aim is to bring long term attitude changes, build a community spirit, build people’s self esteem, ultimately enabling the community to become self sustaining.


    Finding qualified staff to help build the self sustainable home and to provide the medical, psychological and educational support required. Through our links with other organisations in GDL we have already sourced volunteers and potential employees who are ready to start as soon as we have secured funding for this project.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans. Blogs will be posted on the website at least weekly with photographic and video documentation of progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £187,450

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      Amount Heading Description
      £125,000 Capital Outlay for Home Buying existing property or acquiring land and building property of approx 700 sq mts.
      £13,125 Provison of Eco Systems Solar panels, solar water heater, rain water collection system
      £18,125 Appliances & Equipment Provision of environmentally friendly appliances, equipment and tools for house,garden and workshops
      £13,200 Monthly costs First year, utility bills, groceries, transportation
      £18,000 Staff Costs First year - Psychiatrists, social workers, doctors, teachers
  • Background


    The project is based outside GDL, in Colonia “El Tapatio” Population approx 200,000, about one third of that is kids under 16. (Monk) Hermano Gil started this project 3 years ago, after seeing so many kids on the streets. We have been working with H. Gil for a year and feel it is time to create a permanent safe environment. The minimum av. salary is $60 pesos a day/5usd. There is a lot of crime and poverty in this area, prostitution and drugs. The impact in this area will be tremendous.


    The street children will benefit from this project but there is a wider value than that. The presence of street children causes greater problems within the community and to reduce the number of street children will benefit the community as a whole. In addition we will be employing Mexican staff so there will be job creation as a result of this project. The community will benefit as a result of the proper running of the shelter, our outreach programme will benefit hundreds of children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have worked in Guadalajara for the last year. The project was founded out of seeing a need and seeing the appalling conditions these children were living in. We have volunteers situated in Guadalajara, of Mexican origin. We have done research and have engaged with the community. We have had very positive feedback. We work with the community’s local to our projects to develop sustainable programmes, with the intention that long term they will be able to take full ownership of the projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ariel Duenas

    Project Manager based in GDL, a brilliant communicator who loves the children and families. He passionately puts this into practise everyday.

    Georgie Cox

    Trustee, UK based, passionate about making a difference to disadvantaged children. Responsible for project planning, budgeting and reporting.

    Kathy Hayman

    UK based, responsible for fundraising and communicating with supporters/stakeholders.

Hermano Gil's Street Kids Project