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Thank you John and Roger!

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

Paty

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!

Tia Receives Grant from Pakis Family Foundation

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!

Ingebritson Family Foundation Grant Received

The Tia Foundation recently received a generous grant from the Ingebritson Family Foundation.  The funds will be used to help cover the costs of our launches in Jalisco.  The next promotora training near Ojuelos, as well as the subsequent launches near Ciudad Guzman and Barra de Navidad will be funded thanks to their much needed grant.

Needs Assessment in Ojuelos

In preparation for the launch, Dr. Rico from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara’s PMC (Community Medicine Program) and I conducted a needs assessment for the villages in the Ojuelos Municipality. There is one small clinic in La Granja which serves 6-8 communities. This clinic is only open one day a month and is staffed by a medic.

Each of the communities has anywhere from 300-800 people, so this clinic is quite busy when it is open. Dr. Rico and I have decided to train about 10 promotoras to begin with, in the villages of La Granja, Salitrillo and Los Morenitos. Since there is a problem with malnutrition among the children, we will be establishing school and community gardens her

La Granja Casa de Salude.

We were fortunate enough to travel with two people who know this area very well. One was Eva who is the adult education coordinator for the area. It is her job to give opportunities to the adults in the communities to complete primary and secondary school. She also trains the teachers at the schools so they are knowledgeable on how to teach adults. The other friend was Carmen, who lives nearby in La Presa. She will likely be our Supervising Promotora. She grew up and continues to live in the area and knows most of the people and their needs. We are very fortunate to have the benefit of their local expertise!