The Tewecado Trust is a not-for-profit group based in Tucson, Arizona. It was founded by an American couple in order to financially support the Tewecado Mission Schools in Cerocahui, Mexico, while at the same time providing tax benefits for U.S. donors. Mexican donors receive certain tax benefits when they donate directly to the school. Currently the organization consists of a 9-member board that does all of the work for the Trust on a volunteer basis.
The Trust has since expanded its mission to include schools in Sisoguichi, Madera and Guadalupe y Calvo and others as needed, and to provide individual scholarships to Tarahumara students wishing to further their education.
Because they have limited resources, the Sisters are always in need of financial support. Your tax-deductible gift to Tewecado Trust helps the Sisters maintain a decent standard of living for the children in their care. Donations can be made to:
P.O. Box 36078
Tucson, AZ 85740-6078
or online via PayPal.
An IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
The Tewecado Trust works closely with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor to determine the school's greatest needs and we then seek the funding necessary to meet them.
The Tewecado Trust is located in Tucson, Arizona, and has no regular means of transportation to disseminate in-kind donations to the girls at the Tewecado Mission School. While personal items, school supplies, clothing and other items are certainly needed, getting them across the US-Mexico border is a challenge. In addition, except in cases of very small quantities, duty must be paid on any shipments crossing the border.
Mailing donations directly to the schools also presents problems as the towns of Cerocahui and Sisguichi have no regular mail service. Any shipments go to Creel, a town several hours away. Past experience has shown that the duty the Sisters had to pay to retrieve a package was often far more than the actual value of the goods. However, if you are planning a trip to Copper Canyon and will visit the school during your tour, please don't hesitate to bring gifts along for the girls. The Sisters especially appreciate donations of travel-size toiletries, bandannas, small toys and books in Spanish.
98% of your donation goes directly to the Tewecado Mission Schools. Since the trust is an all volunteer organization, the only costs incurred are for items such as stationary, printing, postage and tax preparation. Annual expenses are miniscule by not-for-profit standards. So 98% goes for food, clothing, books and school supplies, and capital improvements when directly benefit the children, the school and the community.
Girls leave the school at age 12, usually after completing the 6th grade. Some return to their families in the Sierra Tarahumara region. Others continue their education in boarding schools run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor located throughout the area. The hope is that the girls will teach what they have learned at the school - i.e. simple hygiene, cooking methods and other basic skills - to other Tarahumara community members. An increasing number of girls have gone on to complete their high school education, while others have entered the University of Chihuahua, becoming teachers, nurses, nuns and even lawyers and software engineers.
The Trust works with other organizations and volunteers in the Copper Canyon region to fund and support those girls who choose to continue their education.
The Tewecado Mission Schools welcome visitors. They are located in Mexico's remote and beautiful Copper Canyon Region. Access requires a train ride and subsequent bus or van rides to each town, so it is not an easy trip.