We are extremely proud of this recent group of graduates! More than half lived so far away that they had to spend the week in dormitories In Cuautitlan, away from their families, in order to attend the full course. ALL of them passed their final examinations, but Paty Barreto (top row, second from the right) actually scored 100% on the tough exam! Her little daughter was on hand to witness her mother’s proud accomplishment. Congratulations to these hard working group! There are now 280 Tia Promotores serving about 110,000 people.
The Huichol indigenous people of Mexico are famous for their art, like this intricately beaded jaguar head. The Huicholes live deep inside the mountains of West Central Mexico, in the States of Jalisco, Zacatecas and Nayarit. In fact, their villages are at least an 18 hour drive from Guadalajara and the road is only passable outside of the rainy season. As a result, healthcare is difficult to access. Laura, Tia’s founder has been approached by Huichol leaders because they would like to have Tia Promotores Project in their villages implemented in fall of 2015.
During our trip in August, Laura met with Huicholes who had come to Guadalajara to sell their lovely art. Among them were children, some with permanent learning and health disabilities due to inadequate prenatal care and lack of nutrition during infancy. If you would like to help Tia bring our program to the Huichol people, please click on the Donate Now button on the right side of our home page.
Hot off the press for your reading pleasure! See what we have been up to since the beginning of the year in Tia Noticias Spring Report. In it, you will find the first hand experiences of the donors and board members who joined us in the field during our Tecoman Project. You will also see pictures from the field of our new Promotores. Feel free to download the pdf and share it with others!
Our medical kits contain so many items which are purchased in large quantity to save costs. We have a party for each project where volunteers count out gloves, syringes, bandages and the like, then assemble the kits. Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina hosted our event in one of their lovely ballrooms and provided some delicious appetizers and aguas frescas to keep the crew going. Our visiting donors, sponsors and board members very much enjoyed being pampered at the lovely accommodations for which Las Hadas is famous.
For the Tecoman project, we had a hardworking and efficient group, which included (from left to right) Tia Board Member and donor, Dale Lillard; project coordinator, Jessica Valdez; Tia’s President, Laura Libman; Costalegre Rotarians, Vivian and Jesse Castillo; donor, Carmen Libman; Tia Board Member and donor, Barry Libman; transportation coordinator, Juan Fonseca, and donor, Marilyn Lillard who took this photo. Not pictured, but who certainly played an important part in the success of this event, was Krizta Moreno, Las Hadas Sales Director.
The guys in the white lab coats from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara‘s PMC (Programa de Medicina en la Comunidad) are the ones who provide the world-class training our Promotores receive. Our hard working training partner not only dedicate 40+ hours of instruction during the week of a Tia project, but they also provide much needed health care and medicines to the poor Mexicans living in the rural project area. A very long week indeed for our PMC brigade! Our Promotores learn through traditional instruction (shown above) as well as hands-on training.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Roberto Martinez, Dra. Nina Castro and our friends at PMC, who have been our most valuable partner for over 8 years!