All Set for Zapotitlan de Vadillo!

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The VEAs (Volunteer Expedition Adventurers) are arriving this afternoon.  We will be heading out to the field before the sun comes up on Monday morning.  Because we are unlikely to have either wifi or cell signal while we are there, our fun updates and pictures will be delayed a little bit.  Dr. Frances, our public health specialist, designed these great stickers for the front of our medical kits.

We are very excited to greet Linda, Berkley, Matt and Kathryn at the airport.  A great mix of people!  A nurse, a nurse in training, a Tia Board Member and a freelance writer, all with something of true value to offer.  Tomorrow morning, they will meet our world class medical brigade, made up of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and allied health professionals, led by our own Director of Medicine, Dr. Roberto Martinez.  All of these marvelous people are giving up their time off, and their comforts of home, to change the lives of thousands of often-forgotten farmers and their families living in rural poverty.

We could not be more honored to have such a fine group of people, from both the U.S. and Mexico, join us to change the world, one village at a time.

Kudos to Our July VEAs and Volunteers!

 

Tia wants to take this opportunity to thank our VEAs, past and future, and our volunteers.  We couldn’t do what we do without you!  Volunteer Expedition Adventurers (VEAs) like Katie, pictured above, help us deliver essential services in the field, and give up their vacation, free time and hard earned money to make our projects successful.  Each of them make a real difference in the lives of so many and they get to see that firsthand.

We also want to thank our volunteers in the U.S. and Mexico!  Our U.S. volunteers help us with tasks like fun special events and mundane envelope stuffing, and they do it with joy and the spirit of giving back.  Our Mexican volunteers also give up their vacation time or go without pay to be part of our brigades, teaching our Promotores and providing vital care to our villagers.  Thank you all!!!!!!!!!

Graduation Day in San Julian!

 

This afternoon Tia will have 12 new Promotores in San Julian, Jalisco, bringing our total number of Promotores to 592.  Tia’s Promotores in San Julian will be serving about 12,000 people, which means Tia is now serving about 192,000 people in Mexico.  All 12 passed their course examinations and we are looking forward to the ceremony and the party to follow.  Felicidades a todos! (Congratulations to all!)

We ran into one of our Promotoras, Marisela, who was trained during our project in San Juan De Los Lagos a few years ago.  She works in the Casa de Salud (tiny clinic) in Santa Rosa de Lima, where the municipal doctor last visited in October.  Laura and Roberto were so happy to see her taking care of her neighbors there!

Thank you PHX & SF!

 

A huge thank you to our friends who came out to support us at our events in San Francisco and Phoenix!  We raised over $11,000 combined at the two fun cocktail parties.   In a few weeks, the people of San Julian will be thanking you too, when Dr. Roberto, Laura and the Tia Brigade arrive to train new Promotores (Community Health Workers) and provide free health care to those who need it most.  Our Promotores will staff a small clinic that the local people are raising the money to build.  It will mean 24/7 care for all the villagers in the surrounding area.  No more mothers dying in their husbands’ arms on the side of the road because there was no safe place or trained person to deliver their babies!

Thank you so very much for your time and kind generosity!  Keep checking back to see how we are putting your donations to work, saving lives.