Dr. Francisco Rico (Left) and Dr. Juan Jose Jauregui Lomeli, Associate Dean for the Program of Medicine in the Community (PMC) (Right) stand next to Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara‘s PMC Mobile Medical Unit. This state-of-the-art unit was provided by funds from the local Rotary Club. The mobile medical unit can travel virtually anywhere in Latin America during natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
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!
A group of nine promotoras completed their first round of training on March 16th. Francisco, the Municipal Assistant Secretary, Dr. Rico from UAG’s Community Medicine Program, and Laura from the Tia Foundation distributed the diplomas to the graduates.
While villagers looked on, the women received their diplomas, for many, their first diploma ever. A few teary-eyed graduates, who are virtually invisible in their communities, explained the importance of this accomplishment, “Now we are respected and recognized”.
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