Tia Featured in Prensa Hispana Article

Tia is proud to be featured on the front page of the local section of the April 13th issue of Phoenix’s Prensa Hispana. Tia founder, Laura Libman, was interviewed by reporter Maritza Lizeth Felix last week.

The well-written article (in Spanish) explains Tia’s unique program and urges readers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the many friends of Tia at Manny’s Mexican Restaurant’s big benefit bash on May 5th in Avondale.

The fact that Tia is a finalist for Secretary Clinton’s Innovation Award was also mentioned (keep your fingers crossed for us). We are honored to have such a prominent and beautifully written story in Prensa Hispana, a respected newspaper with a long history of diligently serving the Hispanic community.

Keep up with the developments on the Cinco de Mayo event by visiting Tia’s website and Manny’s site too (www.mannysmexicanfood.com) and by liking Manny’s on Facebook or joining Tia’s cause page on Facebook too.

Tia Honored to Be Finalist in Secretary Clinton’s Innovation Award

The Tia Foundation is honored to be named one of 15 finalists in the Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.  We received the happy news after submitting our five page concept paper.  Last week, thanks to the help of friends and volunteers, we sent in our full proposal.  Two organizations will be selected in the final round to receive an award of up to $500,000!

The Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls seeks to find and bring to scale the most pioneering approaches to the political, economic and social empowerment of women and girls around the globe. Founded on the premise that the major economic, security, governance and environmental challenges of our time cannot be solved without the full participation of women at all levels of society, this award supports the Department of State’s commitment to the advancement of women globally.  The Rockefeller Foundation, as part of its mission to expand opportunity and promote more equitable growth, seeks to identify innovative approaches that can be scaled to address these challenges.

Metrics for Measuring Poverty and Other Good Stuff

This week, Laura Libman, Tia’s founder, contributed an article on metrics for measuring poverty for Thunderbird for Good’s Knowledge Network.  Laura’s brief missives represent just one of many practical and theoretical discussions on topics such as ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

New ways of capturing data related to poverty make  programs like Tia’s more effective. Ms. Libman’s article contains reflections on a piece in last week’s Economist (“Economic Focus: A wealth of data” July 31st, 2010, p. 62),  which explains a new method for capturing the multidimensional aspects of poverty, while still giving us a succinct but more accurate metric than the standard “dollar-a-day” measure.

The United Nations plans to use this new Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) developed by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, and the Mexican Government employs a variant of the MPI.

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Knowledge Network offers research and opinions on cutting edge global issues from some of the best minds in their respective fields.  Thunderbird for Good (T4G) leverages the school’s expertise in international business to provide learning experiences for non-traditional students who utilize business and management skills to fight poverty, secure peace and improve living conditions in their communities.   The Tia Foundation is honored to support T4G’s efforts to make us all better global citizens.

ASU Story Features Tia Founder

Arizona State University (ASU) recently featured a news story on Tia Founder and ASU alum, Laura Libman.  Stephen Des Georges, Director of Public Relations and Marketing authored the story after interviewing Laura, her former professor Darryl Hattenhauer, and Kathy Grant, her former employer at the Student Success Center.

Laura graduated from ASU’s  New College in December of 2003.  Check out the article at http://asunews.asu.edu/20091215_healthcaremexico.

Important Message from Tia’s President on the Influenza Virus

Note:  If you have not yet made an investment in a Tia community, we fervently ask you to please make any size contribution you are able.  Since we  deliver a permanent, sustainable health program for less than $5/person, no amount is too small.  With adequate funding, we can greatly extend the reach of programs, which in turn make our lives safer too!  We have a lot of work ahead of us to help our friends south of the border and we need your help right away to achieve our mission!


I’m sure  by now that you have heard a lot about the Swine Flu (H1N1 Virus) outbreak on your radio and television.  CNN.com reporter, Jessica Ravitz, contacted me earlier this week to find out how the outbreak is affecting our work.  A full story on Tia and how we are affected by the outbreak appears on CNN.com

We are closely monitoring the situation in Mexico and so far, not one case in our communities.  In fact, the State of Jalisco, where our next launch will take place in a few weeks, has thus far remained free of the virus.  I’ve spoken with Dr. Rico, from Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara and he says they are well-prepared to handle the situation, should the virus appear in Jalisco.  Dr. Rico sits on the Board of Epidemiology for the State of Jalisco and therefore knows breaking news.

As of this morning, we are still planning on going forward with the launch.  Our launch will not be postponed unless our PMC brigade is needed elsewhere.  All of our staff has a filled prescription for the appropriate anti-viral which has been very effective, so none of us will be in any danger.  We also plan to voluntarily quarantine ourselves when we return to the U.S.; working from home for the first 3-4 days after we arrive back in Phoenix if the threat still exists.

This outbreak truly serves to illustrate the dire need for our program!  Our education programs include intensive instruction on disease prevention, good nutrition and proper hygiene, the best defense against outbreaks like the H1N1.  In the villages where we have implemented our program, every household has received this instruction and knows how protect themselves.  Unfortunately, many of the poor Mexicans in rural areas have not received education on the importance of hand washing and other preventive measures.  Lack of access to healthcare, coupled with malnutrition, makes the poor especially vulnerable to disease and complications.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our donors for supporting our mission!  Because of you, the 30,000-50,000 residents of Tia villages are safe!  Thank you so much for placing your trust in us.  We continuously strive to earn it.

We, in the U.S., see now that what happens to our nearest neighbor and largest trading partner affects us directly too.  We are truly citizens of a global community.  Please help us spread the word.

Thank you!

Laura Libman