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Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 16:57 GMT
Charles campaigns for Mexican street children
Prince of Wales
Charles toured an anthropology museum
The Prince of Wales has urged Mexican businessmen to donate money to a project that helps local street children.

He made the appeal after visiting the young residents of a shelter for homeless children in the city of Puebla.

The Juconi project, run by two former British diplomats, provides bedrooms and classrooms for needy youngsters.

But the charity's traditional source of income has dried up, and more money is needed for the work to continue.

Charles visited a maths class and a reading lesson during his tour of the home, which houses 23 children between the ages of eight and 16.
Steam train that transported Prince of Wales in Veracruz
The prince rode a steam train in Veracruz

Homelessness is endemic in Mexico, where thousands of street children are found in the cities.

Most have either been abandoned by their parents, or have fled broken or abusive homes.

Few of them are orphans, and one of the Juconi project's main goals is to reunite children with their parents.

Mexican tour

Charles is on the second day of a three day tour of Mexico.

On Wednesday he visited Veracruz and rode on a steam train.

The city was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of its modern port.

The prince marked the occasion by unveiling a statue to Wheatman Pearson, the first Lord Cowdray, who built the port.

He also took the salute from a military parade in his honour before riding a helicopter to the town of Xalapa.

There he visited a university and received an honorary diploma in recognition of his lifetime's work with young people.

Charles, a well known history buff, later toured the Xalapa Anthropological Museum, where he admired the collection of ancient basalt rock sculptures.

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