Save the Date for Tia’s BandAid! Thursday 10/29! Fayuca and No Coast Charity Concert at the Rhythm Room!

Buy your tickets at before they sell out!   We are still looking for face painters for party goers who would like Dia de los Muertos calavera faces.  Great food trucks, local artists, photo booth, prizes for best costumes!  
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We Need Food Trucks, Artists and Face Painters!

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Phoenix Friends! Looking for extra yummy Food Trucks, talented Local Artists, fun Face Painters for Tia’s Charity Concert on the evening of October 29th. Dia de los Muertos theme. Local Artists can submit work for our silent auction or a sale arrangement. Please contact Nate at or message us on Facebook through The Tia Foundation page. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and feel free to share this post with anyone!

Mixed Voces Interviews Tia’s Founder

Mixed Voces, a Spanish language newspaper, published an article on the Tia Foundation this week, written by editor in chief, Marco Arreortua.  The beautifully written piece includes a photo slide show from our most recent project in San Juan de los Lagos.  Check it out and use Google Translate (albeit an imperfect translation) if you don’t speak Spanish.  We are very grateful for the support and interest by our local Hispanic Community.  Click on the picture of their masthead to be taken to the article or cut and paste this link:

Check Out Our Summer Newsletter Here!

We just published our most recent newsletter.  If you would like to get on our mailing list, just shoot a message to and Nate Harris will add you. Just click here:  Noticas060515

Quick Comida at DIF in San Juan

Almost every day, we stopped by the DIF (Family Development Agency) Center in San Juan de los Lagos where we would take a 20 minute break for the big mid-day meal, or comida.  This day we had tuna salad, tortillas, tostadas, a vegetable salad and agua fresca.  It always felt good to get off our feet for a few minutes.

Proud Grads Put Us Over 300!


These proud graduates, showing off their new diplomas in the Casa de la Cultura in San Juan de los Lagos, push the number of Tia Promotores to 320.  There were 33 graduates on June 5th of 2015, 32 women and one man.  Many came very well dressed, with their hair done especially for the important event.  Tia Promotores are now serving around 120,000 indigent Mexicans.  Thank you to these unselfish people for their hunger to learn and their desire to help their neighbors!

Juan and Dr. Sergio

The gentlemen on either side of Laura got little sleep last week.  Juan assists her on every trip, driving, helping pick up medical supplies, loading and unloading medical kits from the van, and chauffeuring our brigade from village to village.  He is Laura’s right hand in Mexico.  Dr. Sergio Martinez Ibarraran is from Guadalajara, but is currently doing consultations in the Health Center in San Juan de los Lagos.  He was instrumental in helping us acquire local sponorships, arranging meetings with the local officials, and assisting the villagers in selecting their Promotores.  He did all this while still doing his normal workload of caring for his patients.

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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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