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 almost 150,000 people for less than $5 a person, including overhead.

Serving Her Community, Teaching Another


Tizapan El Alto really made the most of Tia’s project there!  Instead of each Casa de Salud (mini-clinic) being staffed once or twice a month for a few hours, now every day the residents can receive care.  Our Tia Promotoras take turns staffing the clinic and the municipal doctors are providing monthly continuing education and resupply to keep the learning going and ensure sustainability.  The people of Tizapan will be helping us next month in the neighboring municipality of Tuxcueca, so the new project can be as successful as this one has proven.


Show Mom She Really Matters

12809805_10154038833189529_1478890164_oShow your mom she really matters by how you shop for her.  When you buy her flowers or a gift, do it through Amazon Smile or Goodshop and let her know you help other mothers living in extreme poverty too.  When you do your shopping, you can help Tia help those mother 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 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. 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.com 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.

Brigade Fiesta de Gracias


We always have a thank you party (Fiesta de Gracias) for our super hard working UVM (Universidad del Valle de Mexico) brigade.  Here they are at La Almeja Exotica, our favorite, cozy little seafood restaurant.  Our founder, Laura was especially happy to meet this brigade since she was laid up after knee surgery for the last project in Tizapan El Alto.  She enjoyed getting to meet and thank each on personally for being part of our most success project yet!  Many of of these tireless young people begged for the chance to go on our next brigade to Tuxcueca in June.

Meet Our First VEA: Katie Smith


We are proud to announce our first VEA (Volunteer Expedition Adventurer), Katie Smith. Katie will be joining us in the field in June, in Tuxueca, Jalisco.  She’ll be helping us put together medical kits, act as a ‘guinea pig’ patient for the Promotoras to practice bandaging and taking vitals, and helping with photography and interviews.  She’ll also get the opportunity to use her Spanish.  Please check out her page at https://www.gofundme.com/katielsmith and make a donation of whatever amount you can to help her reach her goal!

Would you like to be a VEA? Click here or go to type in the link address to find out how: VEAs  (https://tiafoundation.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/veas.pdf)


Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is Out


Our brand-spanking new Tia Noticias Spring 2016 is out and ready for you to read (https://tiafoundation.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/noticas040116.pdf).  You’ll find details about the last project we completed in Tizapan El Alto, info on how to become a Tia VEA (Volunteer Expedition Adventurer), a sneak peek at our next project in Tuxcueca, and an introduction to our new Board Member.

376 Tia Promotores


After Tizapan el Alto, the Tia Foundation now has 376 Promotores (Community Health Workers) working in Mexico and caring for 140,000 rural villagers.  These unpaid volunteers study hard to pass their examinations and often sacrifice sleep to come to the aid of their neighbors, night or day.  They are true heroes and heroines!

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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