In a country known across Latin America for its economic growth and financial integration, inequality remains Mexico's Achilles' heel. UNICEF estimates that more than 20 million children and adolescents live in poverty in Mexico with more than five million living in extreme poverty. Most of the children on the streets point to family disintegration and physical abuse as the drivers for their homelessness, but poverty seems to be at the root of most of their stories.
And yet, despite the horrors of their everyday life, these children are hopeful for the future. Angel confides that, "I dream of living in a house and having a job and a family without having to suffer the humiliation that I endure on the streets."
Carlos, meanwhile, has one message for parents on Children's Day: "I would tell all parents out there to give their children the love and understanding that I never got from mine because there's nothing nice about living on the streets."
If you've been touched by Angel and Carlos' stories, find out how to help here: Casa Alianza works with street children to provide guidance and help them leave the streets and build a future in one of their residential programs.