Breakfast with Luzma


Tia and the UVM Brigade have been eating many of their meals at the Corazon de Angel orphanage, so we have gotten to know the children quite well.  Little Luzma (above) migrated from lap to lap.  She ate a second breakfast with us, including one of her favorites, a bowl of fresh guava.

We are extremely pleased that the director, some staff, and two of the older girls who live at the orphanage have come to our training course.  They’ll be ready to handle an emergency when it arises.  And who knows…maybe the older girls will decide to pursue a career in nursing, medicine or an allied health field.

Vital Skills


Our Promotoras will be getting baumanometers (blood pressure cuffs) in different colors in their medical kits.  A baumanometer is an essential tool in the villages, because sometimes the Promotora is able to catch hypertension (high blood pressure) and begin dialogue with the patient , possibly saving their life.

Hypertension is known as the silent killer.  We give them the traditional cuffs, which are much more accurate than the electronic kind.  Since our villagers don’t often see a doctor until they are already quite sick, this skill is vital for our health workers to master.

Treating Abandoned Children


Tia’s brigade from Universidad Valle de Mexico spent the day doing training and consultations at Corazon de Angel, an orphanage for abandoned and abused children.  This darling little girl is showing one of the doctors the condition of her teeth, while drawing a picture.  Their director was invited to take our Promotoras (Community Health Worker) course and she eagerly accepted so she can provide better and more immediate medical attention to the children in her care.

And They’re Off!


The UVM Brigade (Universidad Valle de Mexico) and Tia staff were loaded up and ready to go early this morning.  From left to right, Nate Harris (Tia’s Program and Marketing Director), Dr. Roberto Martinez (UVM Brigade Chief) and Laura Libman (Tia’s Founder and President).  We arrived in Ciudad Guzman in time for a lovely breakfast.  More to come…

You Can Help Tia Just by Shopping


As you do your normal holiday shopping, or any shopping for that matter, you can help Tia just by selecting us as your charity of choice when you buy from Amazon or Goodshop.  It is very simple and doesn’t cost you a penny!

Just go to and on your first visit to AmazonSmile, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Or go to Goodshop and select Tia Foundation as your charity of choice.   Goodshop is an online shopping mall that donates a percent of your purchase price to your cause when you shop at one of 3,000+ partner stores including top retailers like Amazon (1.5% donation), Expedia (up to 5% donation), and Staples (2.5% donation). You can also find 25,000+ active discounts and money-saving coupons so you can save money and give back at the same time!

You can also go to eBay and choose Tia Foundation when buying or selling items.

Thank You for Your Support!


Our charity concert was a great success!  After crunching the numbers, we found that we were able to raise enough money to provide 400 people with lifetime access to health care!  This will certainly come in handy next week, when our founder will be in Guadalajara purchasing the items that go into our medical kits for Ciudad Guzman.

A special thanks to everyone that got involved: The Rhythm Room, Disneyland, ASU, Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Photo Booths, Harkins, Gameworks, Phoenix Phreeze, AMC Theaters, AZ on the Rocks, Hillstone Restaurant, Sandra Dee’s Catering, the Phoenix Rock Gym, Fayuca, Jared Dieckhoff, Robert and Ryan from R&R Law Group and the friends, family and Phoenix community that made all of this possible!

Check back soon for updates from the field for our November project!

Just in case…


Just in case great music, a worthy cause and tons of fun aren’t reason enough to buy your ticket to Tia’s Charity Concert this Thursday at the Rhythm Room, here’s a more practical reason: the silent auction deals are so good, they’re steals!  Your concert ticket may just be made up in the savings from these fabulous items:

  • 4 Disney Park Hopper Passes Worth $620!
  • 4 Ticket to ASU’s Sun Devil’s Football
  • AMC Movie Tickets
  • 4 Tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 1 Month Family Pass to AZ on the Rocks Climbing and Yoga Valued at $265
  • 2 Gift Cards to Phoenix Area Skydiving Center
  • Harkins Movie Tickets
  • 2 Hillstone Gift Cards
  • GameWorks Gift Cards

There’s so much more too.  So, put on your costume, bring your friends and capture the fun in our photo booth and come hungry, cause the food trucks will be dishing up what you crave!  See you Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Rhythm Room at 1019 East Indian School in Phoenix.  Go here to buy your tickets:

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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