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Graduation Day in San Julian!


This afternoon Tia will have 12 new Promotores in San Julian, Jalisco, bringing our total number of Promotores to 592.  Tia’s Promotores in San Julian will be serving about 12,000 people, which means Tia is now serving about 192,000 people in Mexico.  All 12 passed their course examinations and we are looking forward to the ceremony and the party to follow.  Felicidades a todos! (Congratulations to all!)

We ran into one of our Promotoras, Marisela, who was trained during our project in San Juan De Los Lagos a few years ago.  She works in the Casa de Salud (tiny clinic) in Santa Rosa de Lima, where the municipal doctor last visited in October.  Laura and Roberto were so happy to see her taking care of her neighbors there!


Thank you PHX & SF!


A huge thank you to our friends who came out to support us at our events in San Francisco and Phoenix!  We raised over $11,000 combined at the two fun cocktail parties.   In a few weeks, the people of San Julian will be thanking you too, when Dr. Roberto, Laura and the Tia Brigade arrive to train new Promotores (Community Health Workers) and provide free health care to those who need it most.  Our Promotores will staff a small clinic that the local people are raising the money to build.  It will mean 24/7 care for all the villagers in the surrounding area.  No more mothers dying in their husbands’ arms on the side of the road because there was no safe place or trained person to deliver their babies!

Thank you so very much for your time and kind generosity!  Keep checking back to see how we are putting your donations to work, saving lives.

Join Us on Thursday, February 8th, 6 p.m.

Please join us in welcoming our new Medical Director, Roberto Martinez at our Cocktail Party at the Montelucia Resort.  RSVP today to Nate at 602-694-8100 or!  Flamenco Por La Vida will be entertaining our guests, beginning at 6:15 p.m. and renowned Photojournalist, Kathy McCraine will be on hand to discuss her work in the field with Tia.  She has generously donated several of her finely printed, matted and framed works to our silent auction.  John Ferrara, one of Tia’s Brophy VEAs will be attending and is happy to answer questions about his experience with Tia in Mexico.

Sip cocktails and nibble on tapas while you survey our silent auction which will also feature beautiful handmade, silk “rebozos” or shawls as well as “alebrijes” (Mexican folk art sculptures) like those featured in the movie “Coco”.  We’ll also have Disney Park Hopper Passes, Tequila brands not available in the U.S., a McCormick Ranch Golf  Foursome certificate, fine art, and other tempting items.

2017 Wrap Up Newsletter


We accomplished a lot last year!  The new year will be no different. Click here for our 2017 Year Wrap Up Newsletter or you can find our newsletter at  See photos and highlights from 2017 and get a sneak peak into our plans for 2018.

Be a #GivingTuesday Champion for Tia


Giving Tuesday is less than a week away and Tia is asking our friends and followers to be Champions for Tia and help us spread the word on Facebook or anyway you would like.  It will take about 2-3 minutes of your time and we have made it super easy for you with Step by Step Giving Tuesday Instructions.  The Giving Tuesday Champion who raises the most money that day will win a prize!  Donations made on Facebook after 8:00 a.m. EST will be matched by the Gates Foundation, up to $1,000.

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Follow Up Data Supports Our Model

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Dr. Roberto and his entourage of volunteers worked very hard this weekend gathering follow-up data from our project in June in San Pedro Iztican. He discovered that 2 Tia Promotores were encouraged by our brigade members to apply to university to further their studies. Guess what! They applied and have been accepted! Woohoo! So proud of our Promotores and local Promotora Anita’s great leadership!

Our baseline data studies and follow ups help us constantly improve our model.  The data also continues to validate wonderful outcomes such as reduced immigration to the U.S., less domestic violence, and increase in female leadership after the implementation of Tia projects.

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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