WHY IT MATTERS:

LATIN AMERICA’S URBAN AND MIGRATION CHALLENGE

Latin America is filled with some of the most industrious, capable, and hard-working people looking for opportunities to thrive and create viable futures for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, over 200 million Latin Americans still do not have enough income to meet their basic needs. 162 million live in fragile, poor, low-income urban communities. 42 of the 50 most violent cities in the world are located in Latin America. This has forced 43 million to migrate. We’re on a mission to change that reality.

Today's Reality

  • From 1950 to 2020, urban population grew from 30% to over 82%. It is predicted to reach 90% by 2050.
  • Theres are 55+ cities with populations over one million.
  • Cities struggle to accommodate migrants and growth, resulting in massive infrastructure gaps. 
  • 25% of the population (162 million people) live in fragile, low-income communities.
  • Major gaps exist in basic services (water, sanitation, emergency services). 
  • 82 million are without access to basic sanitation services, and only 28% of wastewater is treated. 
  • Urban development often excludes fragile communities. 
  • Violence, especially against women and girls, is on the rise.  63 of 100 children suffer from domestic violence and 87 million youth are poor, keeping many from completing their education. 
  • Most churches prioritize internal growth, often not engaging in community transformation. 
  • There is a notable gap in integrating the love of God and the principles of the Great Commission with the love of neighbor and the Great Commandment. 
  • Many cities experience widespread corruption and ineffective municipal governance. 
  • Poorer municipalities frequently suffer from higher levels of corruption.
  • Many NGOs provide temporary aid but lack long-term impact and capacity for large-scale transformation, often adopting a “deficiency approach” where the poor are seen mainly as beneficiaries needing external assistance. 
  • Competitive dynamics, resource scarcity, political interference, and an inability to form effective coalitions often limit NGOs’ capacity to organize as a strong force for comprehensive urban development.
  • 42 of the 50 most violent cities in the world are located in Latin America, notably in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Central America, and Mexico.  
  • Rise in crime, violence, political instability, and post-pandemic challenges have forced 43 million to migrate, particularly towards the United States, as people seek safety and economic opportunities.

The Challenge

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THE GOAL: THRIVING COMMUNITIES AND CITIES THAT ARE ROOTED IN SHALOM

Our overall goal is to create interconnected, vibrant and equitable urban communities — places that are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, where no one is left behind, and nothing is missing, and nothing is broken.

JOIN US BY USING YOUR RESOURCES TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE FOR LATIN AMERICANS AND LATINO IMMIGRANTS.