This Has Absolutely Nothing to Do with Cinco de Mayo


Though this has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo, our newsletter just came out today and we thought we would share it with you! Just click here: Noticias050515 .  Hope you enjoy it!

Ordering Medical Supplies for Our Kits This Week


This week we are placing our order for the items that will go in our medical kits.  Each kit has lifesaving items like manual respirators, injectables, IV solutions and supplies, rehydration packs, bandages, diabetes testing equipment, blood pressure cuffs, physician’s grade stethoscopes, prenatal vitamins, anti-scorpion and anti-spider venom and hundreds of other items.  Laura will be bringing down a family of CPR dummies for the Promotoras to practice on.

Next Stop: San Juan de los Lagos

DIGITAL CAMERA San Juan de los Lagos and the surrounding area is popular with pilgrims (peregrinos) who visit the many holy sites in this area.  Miracles have been attributed to the small image of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, which can usually be found in the basilica pictured here.  Tia will be launching a project in June in the many poor villages in the outlying areas of this municipality. sjdej2

Tia Launches New Campaign for Fall Projects


So many of our friends have approached us asking how they can make a difference.  Now there is a very easy way!  Go to our Friends of Tia  ( and sign up to do your own campaign in just a few minutes.  Since $5 is all it takes to provide someone with healthcare for life, every amount you raise will change lives. You can set your own goals and customize your page, sharing your story about why you love our work at Tia or you can simply use the template we have provided for you.  You can even connect it to your social media, like Facebook and Twitter.  YOU have the power to make a difference!

What are you waiting for?! Take 3 minutes and get started saving lives now!

Shop for Tia at Goodshop!

Bring lifesaving healthcare and education to the poorest areas of rural Mexico. Helping our foundation is as simple as signing up, choosing Tia Foundation as your cause, and using the shopping portal when shopping at any of 5,000+ major online retailers. Every time you purchase anything through the portal, Goodshop automatically donates funds. Meanwhile, you can save money by using Goodshop’s coupons on items ranging from custom-fit Polo shirts from Ralph Lauren and running shoes from Reebok to cruises from Expedia! What better way to support our self-sustaining ‘teach them to fish’ program than by shopping online!

More Evidence, This Time from Kenya…


Peer-reviewed research* was published last year asserts that trusted Community Health Workers (CHWs) that come from the communities they serve are very effective at improving maternal and newborn health outcomes.  The study*, conducted in rural Kenya went on to say that women from rural villages that have a trained CHW are more likely to have a skilled attendant at their births, increasing the likelihood of survival of both mother and child.

*Adam MB, Dillmann M, Chen M-k, Mbugua S, Ndung’u J, et al. (2014) Improving Maternal and Newborn Health: Effectiveness of a Community Health Worker Program in Rural Kenya. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104027. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104027

Hesperian Foundation: Invaluable Field Partner


The Spanish version of this book, “Where There Is No Doctor” (Donde No Hay Doctor) is given to each of Tia’s Promotores upon graduation.  The Hesperian Foundation developed the contents in the 1970s in the mountains of Mexico and now publishes this lifesaving guide in over 80 languages.  A practical health ‘bible’, educational tool and resource for our health workers, we cannot sing the praises of this book or our invaluable field partner, Hesperian.  We are grateful that they make this straightforward and accessible book very, very affordable for nonprofits, Peace Corp Workers, volunteers, and missionaries.  Thank you Hesperian!

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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