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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Tia Project Sites

Tia has covered so much of Central Mexico that all the project site location names cannot fit on one map!  Everywhere you see a yellow pushpin, Tia’s Promotores are helping their neighbors out, providing free care and educating them on health topics to keep their families well.

Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Here’s a closer look at our locations in West Central Mexico:

Western Project Sites


San Pedro Itzican Project Completed


Tia now has 553 Promotores serving 172,000 people in Mexico. This Promotora just graduated in San Pedro Itzican, Jalisco with her son watching.  He attended many classes with her.   His mother learned how to deliver babies, make a water filtration system using household items, give an intramuscular injection, do CPR and how to spot and manage diabetes.  Her skills will be especially useful here because they live a great distance from the nearest doctor and because the water quality is abysmal.  Her selfless dedication to learning and serving others means her adorable little boy will enjoy a higher quality of life.

2017 Summer Newsletter


Click here (or to read all about our project last week in Poncitlan.  The struggles of the kind people there are beyond belief.

Happy Mother’s Day Mexico!


Mother’s Day in Mexico is today, May 10th!  Tia would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.  Many of our Promotoras are mothers, and all our 519 Promotores work tirelessly to make sure that moms are healthy and have a safe place to bring their babies into the world.  We also celebrate the beautiful, smart and strong women of Mexico, the aunts, grandmothers and other female role models that are the glue that hold our families and communities together.  Take this opportunity to thank the great women in your life!

Our Latest Newsletter is Out!


Our latest newsletter detailing our project in Atengo, Jalisco is hot off the presses!  You can view it by clicking here: Spring 2017 Newsletter or go to  We love to share our good news with our friends!

Chem Lab Getting a Spectrophotometer


Our UVM Mobile Chem Lab is thrilled with this donation from Barry and Carmen Libman, a new Spectrophotometer, donated to the Tia Foundation!  The couple accompanied us on our last brigade to Atengo, Jalisco and were moved by the dedication of the Quemi-pollos (our Chem Lab students) who stayed up until as late as 3:00 a.m., making sure all the water, blood and urine samples from the day were complete.  They asked what could be done to help and the result was this life-saving donation that we will be using in June in Poncitlan, Jalisco during our project with Brophy College Preparatory volunteers.  Thank you Barry and Carmen for your donation to the Tia Brigade!

Larger than Salem, Oregon


After our graduation ceremony last week in Atengo, Jalisco, Tia is now serving 165,000 rural Mexicans who are receiving care from our 519 Promotores (Community Health Workers)!  On this particular trip, we were especially grateful to our UVM Mobile Lab who discovered lead and mercury in the water sources.  Because they turned the results around so quickly, we were able to teach the Promotores how to make a water filtration system to clean the water.  Plus, we alerted local and state authorities to a pressing problem, so they can address it on a larger scale.

Más grande que Salem, Oregon

Después de nuestra ceremonia de graduación la semana pasada en Atengo, Jalisco, (leer mas) Continue reading ‘Larger than Salem, Oregon’

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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A Thunderbird School of Global Management field study found a four fold drop in immigration from areas in Mexico that benefited from rural community development programs. Thus, an indirect result of Tia’s program efforts encourage people to remain in their home communities and invest in the future of Mexico

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