Earthquake Volunteer Brigades Mobilize

Tia has so many unselfish medical and allied health professionals, who have provided world-class training for our Promotores.  You will not be surprised to know they have already mobilized to treat earthquake victims in Distrito Federal and the State of Morelos.  We are honored to work with these heroes!  #fuerzamexico !  If you have been wanting to find a way to provide direct and real help, please consider a donation in any amount. Or type into your browser.  We are sending money daily to these dedicated volunteers to offset their costs of gas and supplies.

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Who is Tia?

10648188_10152837545225281_6335118067317543355_oTia uses a ‘teach them to fish’ model to train and equip villagers, who live hours from the nearest doctor.  They learn to deliver babies, treat diabetes, handle first aid cases and most importantly, how to tackle their problems together, as an organized community. Our model is sustainable because the local governments commit to resupply the Tia medical kits and provide continuing education.

Thanks to generous donors, like the Ingebritson, Armstrong, Libman and Pakis families, Tia now serves around 172,000 people for less than $5 a person, including overhead.

¿Quién es Tía?

Tía aplica el modelo de “Enseñar a Pescar”, con el cual capacita y equipa a los habitantes (leer mas) Continue reading ‘Who is Tia?’

Out in the field


Imagine if you lived in a place with no access to medicine.  If your child dislocated her thumb and there were no doctors or hospitals you could visit.  What would you do?  The Tia Foundation trains the residents of places like this to give health care to their community and equip them with medical kits.  While we are on site, we provide public healthcare clinics to treat injuries like this one with a team of doctors, nutritionists and give psychological care.

New Project in Atotonilco El Alto


Today we arrived in the beautiful town of  Atotonilco El Alto and received a warm reception from its residents.  This will be a special trip because it will be our first trip with Dr. Roberto Martinez as a part of Tia.  Stay tuned for more about the project throughout the week on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Next Stop: Atotonilco El Alto


Our second annual Brophy College Preparatory trip during the second week of October will be in Atotonilco El Alto, in the Los Altos (the highlands) region of Jalisco.  Laura and Dr. Roberto just returned from our advance trip to prepare for our project with Brophy.  We were struck by how clean even the humblest of dwellings were kept.  Flowers in almost every yard and the tiny town plazas very neat.  The people here may be poor, but they are proud of their community!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Tia Project Sites

Tia has covered so much of Central Mexico that all the project site location names cannot fit on one map!  Everywhere you see a yellow pushpin, Tia’s Promotores are helping their neighbors out, providing free care and educating them on health topics to keep their families well.

Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Here’s a closer look at our locations in West Central Mexico:

Western Project Sites


San Pedro Itzican Project Completed


Tia now has 553 Promotores serving 172,000 people in Mexico. This Promotora just graduated in San Pedro Itzican, Jalisco with her son watching.  He attended many classes with her.   His mother learned how to deliver babies, make a water filtration system using household items, give an intramuscular injection, do CPR and how to spot and manage diabetes.  Her skills will be especially useful here because they live a great distance from the nearest doctor and because the water quality is abysmal.  Her selfless dedication to learning and serving others means her adorable little boy will enjoy a higher quality of life.

2017 Summer Newsletter


Click here (or to read all about our project last week in Poncitlan.  The struggles of the kind people there are beyond belief.

About Tia Foundation

A 501(c)3 non-profit, the Tia Foundation endeavors to provide health-related development strategies, not relief. “Tia”, meaning “aunt” in Spanish, seeks to use our experience, resources and knowledge to link villagers to the means to do for themselves. Learn More...

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A Thunderbird School of Global Management field study found a four fold drop in immigration from areas in Mexico that benefited from rural community development programs. Thus, an indirect result of Tia’s program efforts encourage people to remain in their home communities and invest in the future of Mexico

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