Along with our new Project Manager/Mexico Director, Dr. Rico from UAG, Laura revisited the village of El Reparo yesterday to check on the progress and needs of the promotoras trained in March. Nine promotoras were trained in the Spring from El Reparo and Tamiliagua, near the municipal center of Sayula, Jalisco.
The promotoras medical kits were still well-stocked and they are all reading their manuals Where There Are No Doctors. Dr. Rico conducted a refresher course in how to use the blood pressure cuff accurately and what things the promotoras should be listening for with their stethoscopes. We also held an informal meeting to discuss questions, successes, and share experiences. Several wonderful outcomes were discovered during this meeting: Continue reading “Follow Up Visit to El Reparo”
Tia received a thoughtful donation this week from Copper Star Bank. With a laudable history of community involvement and generous support, Copper Star represents an institution with which Tia is very proud to be acquainted. Thank you to the team at Copper Star for your kindheartedness!
A very kind donation was received by two friends of Tia, John and Roger. Since Tia’s inception, John and Roger have been relied upon for advice and encouragement. Tia is very grateful for their financial support, networking assistance and continued interest in our work.
Our new Mexico Project Manager, Patricia Garibay (Paty) is the latest addition to the Tia Foundation. Paty has been a volunteer for Tia since its inception and was the perfect choice for many reasons. Paty has been a part of Tia through every step of our growth, often helping with translations and connecting Tia with valuable resources at UAG (Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara). Paty is not only fluent in English (and Spanish of course), but has extensive non-profit experience too.
Patricia completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communications at UAG where she graduated with honors. She continued her education by obtaining a Teacher Certificate and Diplomas in Translation and Interpretation, Special Education, and Specialized Journalism. In addition to long careers as a Teacher and a Translator/Interpreter, she has volunteered with a number of worthy organizations.
As a mother of a child with Down’s Syndrome, Paty has championed causes related to special needs children and adults, especially through the organization Proyecto Roma. She has worked to guarantee access to education, health services, and work opportunities. Conducting training seminars for teachers, parents and extended family, Paty strives to help those with special needs achieve their greatest potential and earn the respect they deserve.
Always concerned with community involvement and health issues, Patricia has organized campaigns on water conservation and improving water quality, and acted as a volunteer teacher to provide education to school children on important health habits. Though her list of volunteer accomplishments is too long to list here, we hope these highlights give you a picture of why are so pleased and proud to add her to our organization!
The Pakis Family Foundation awarded the Tia Foundation a generous grant. Part of the grant is designated to hire an in-country Project Manager in Mexico and to provide that person with needed equipment and expenses. Patricia Garibay, of Guadalajara, will be Tia’s new Project Manager. She will be tasked with helping projects get launched more quickly, spreading awareness of our program in Mexico, compiling baseline and continuing data, and connecting villages to a wider range of resources. Look for Patricia’s biography which will be posted here in a few days.
Like many nonprofits, Tia’s human resources have been stretched thin due to our growth. The grant will allow Tia to help more people in rural Mexico, much more quickly and efficiently. We are so grateful the kindness, generosity and trust our donors and grant makers show us!