Social Documentary Photography – Feeding The Needy In Mexico

Mariana

 

Photographer Paulina Campos is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From her project ‘Comedores Santa Maria‘. To see Paulina’s gallery of projects and photographs click on any image.

 

Cooks in charge of preparing the meals and giving them away to the kids are always volunteers or mothers of the same group as an exchange with the Dinner.

Cooks in charge of preparing the meals and giving them away to the kids are always volunteers or mothers of the same group as an exchange for the Dinner.

 

Other ways to educate the children is through songs before every meal.

Other ways to educate the children is through songs before every meal.

 

Mexico City 2013

More than 20 million kids in Mexico live in extreme poverty conditions.  The children lack good nutrition due to overpopulation, and fewer jobs for their parents. This narrative describes the daily life of these kids, and the purpose of the Comedores (dinners) Santa María.

 

Felipe and Juanjo Mexico City – Santa Fe

Felipe and Juanjo
Mexico City – Santa Fe

 

It’s common to find an extremely poor neighborhood next to a luxurious one in Mexico City. This is the case of Santa Fe, where Maria lives inside a room with her 3 children, and a baby on its way.

It’s common to find an extremely poor neighborhood next to a luxurious one in Mexico City. This is the case of Santa Fe, where Maria lives inside a room with her three children, and a baby on its way.

 

Most of these families can provide one single meal a day. This is why the come to Comedores Santa Maria, where they can eat a well balanced diet that will provide them with the necessary strength for he whole day.

Many families can’t  afford a single meal each day. They come to Comedores Santa Maria, where they can eat a well balanced meal that will provide them with the necessary strength for the entire day.

 

Kids from all ages attend to the dinners, where they receive a proper meal.

Kids from all ages attend to the dinners, where they receive a proper meal.

 

The time is fundamental for its well functioning and control. As each and every “Comedor Santa Maria” in the country has to follow the exact same schedule.

Every “Comedor Santa Maria” in Mexico follows the exact same schedule.

 

Families are separated into groups by ages with a specific schedule to come and eat. Every new group that comes finds the table clean and ready.

Families are separated into groups by ages with a specific schedule to come and eat. Every new group finds the table clean and ready.

 

Arts and crafts is one of the activities they encourage and practice with the purpose of teaching values and morals to the kids that come to Comedores Santa Maria.

Arts and crafts is one of the activities they encourage and practice with the purpose of teaching values and morals to the kids that come to Comedores Santa Maria.

 

Comedor Santa María in Cilantro, Santa Fé

Comedor Santa María in Cilantro, Santa Fé

 

Ana

Ana

 

New friends

New friends

 

Juanjo, Felipe y Marta having their meal

Juanjo, Felipe and Marta having their meal.

 

See also:

Torre Diana, DF, Mexico 2015

Basilica de Guadalupe

By Paulina Campos

 


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