Homeless in Veracruz, Jose L. survived by diving off the docks for coins that tourists threw in. Like many street kids he was also addicted to inhalants. Knowing he needed help, he made his own way to CHIRIA and received the love and direction he was desperately seeking. Today Jose L. is working with a Godly man from the local church and learning a trade.
CHIRIA is located in the city of Tuxtepec, Mexico, which has a population of close to 100,000 and is situated in the southern region of Mexico. It is in the state of Oaxaca, but very near the bordering state of Veracruz. It is also about 100 miles from the port city of Veracruz. Within the city of Tuxtepec, you will find a mixture of the music and exuberance of Veracruz with thefood and handicrafts of Oaxaca.
The city of Tuxtepec is located on the banks of the Rio Santo Domingo. The region has significant agricultural activity including raising cattle and sugar cane and pineapple plantations.
THE NEED FOR CHIRIA
In Tuxtepec it is not unusual to see homeless children as young as four or five years old working in the street, selling chewing-gum, matches or trinkets.
A SAFE HOME FOR THE CHILDREN
LIVING SAFELY AND FLOURISHING
Little Jose M. was emaciated and diseased when first arriving at CHIRIA. Surrounded by love he was miraculously healed. Today he is a happy and thriving boy, and has been adopted by a Christian family.
Luis was only seven years old, caring for his two younger sisters when he they were found living in a barn. Since arriving at CHIRIA, they have been transformed into loving, confident, happy children who now know they are loved by God.