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 157,000 people for less than $5 a person, including overhead.

¿Quién es Tía?

Tía aplica el modelo de “enseñarlos  a pescar para capacitor y equipara los habitantes que (mas)

Check out Tia’s New Short Video

Nate Harris, our Program and Marketing Director extraordinaire, put together this great short video explaining a little about what we do at Tia.  Katie Smith, our pioneer VEA (Volunteer Expedition Adventurer) opens the video by showing us how to keep time doing CPR, or in Spanish, RCP.  The young men of Brophy College Preparatory and some of our favorite people from Universidad del Valle de Mexico are featured too.  We hope you will enjoy it and share it with your friends!

Tia is Headed to Atengo, Jalisco


Tia and the UVM brigade will be starting a new project in the last week of March in Atengo, so Laura is headed down in a couple of weeks to do the advance work with Dr. Roberto.  Atengo is both a small town and a municipality west of Guadalajara. The word Atengo is a Nahuatl (Nahuatl people are also referred to as Aztecs) word meaning: “at the edge of the water”.  This region is inhabited by the Nahuatl and before that, the ancient Toltec people.  The Nahuatl saw the Toltecs as their cultural and intellectual ancestors.

End of the Year Newsletter


Tia had a very productive year in 2016!  We hope to accomplish even more in 2017! Read our End of the Year Newsletter by clicking here: Noticias End of the Year or go to: https://tiafoundation.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/noticas122316.pdf

Happy New Year and Thank You!


Tia would like to thank our donors of every size for enabling us to bring lifelong healthcare in 2016 to enough villagers to fill Arizona Coyotes Gila River Arena TWICE!  Imagine for a moment what it would mean if you slipped in the kitchen, broke your ankle and had no one you could go see about it.  Because of you, there is someone there for those who live far from the nearest doctor.  Tia would like to convey to you our most sincere gratitude for believing in our cause and supporting the projects that bring a hand up to over 157,000 people in need. Have a happy and healthy 2017!

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Just go to http://smile.amazon.com/ 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 Amazon.com. 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.

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.

Our Brigade’s Mobile Lab Saves Lives


We couldn’t be prouder of our brigade from Universidad del Valle de Mexico‘s Zapopan Campus.  They brought along a mobile lab and chemists on our last project.  For the first time, our villagers got free testing services, processed on the spot and analyzed so results could be shared quickly.  One man’s life was saved from kidney failure!  He was immediately rushed to a hospital.  Bravo UVM!  One of many reasons we LOVE our medical school partner.  They not only supply us with doctors, but nurses, nutritionists, psychologists and now chemists too.

Brophy Newsletter is out!


We decided to create a photo journal of our trip with Brophy College Preparatory Academy.  We hope you will enjoy the story of our journey together! Click here or go to https://tiafoundation.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/noticas110116.pdf.  If you have ever been interested in joining us in the field, this special 6 page newsletter will give you a great idea of what it would be like.

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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