An IRS 501(c)(3) Charitable Corporation
With another holiday season approaching, it 's a good time to reflect on what we 've accomplished this year...and what still remains to be done.
We were able to obtain a grant to rebuild the school 's water supply system. This project has been completed and the new cistern is kept full of fresh water from the spring via a brand new (and secure) water line. Now, we are seeking another grant to upgrade the internal plumbing. It seems the newly increased water pressure is a little too much for the old system to handle.
The new dormitory, paid for with a grant from the state of Chihuahua, is nearly completed. It is a two-story affair that will mean the girls no longer have to share beds. The old dormitory (which many of you have seen) will be converted into classrooms and a library. Thanks to one donor, we have the funds to build and furnish the library. Now, we need funds to buy books for the library and blankets and dressers for the dormitory.
There has been a marked improvement in the overall health of the girls thanks to the donation of a year 's supply of multi-vitamins. It 's quite a production to see each morning as the girls line up and the teachers walk along "feeding" vitamins to them.
And speaking of health issues, the Sisters are hoping to find a way to pay for surgery and corrective lenses for Yasenia, the youngest of the girls. She was born with a defect that limits her vision — but not her spirit or infectious smile.
This year each classroom will have a Christmas tree complete with lights thanks to one of our donors. And, thanks to your wonderful response to our spring appeal, every child will receive a small present. Another donor is providing funds for a new wool poncho for each girl. Wouldn 't you just love to be there to see their faces when they open up their gifts?
Some personnel changes have taken place at the school in the last few months. Madre Gloria has been transferred to Norogachi (a very small town about 50 miles SE of Creel) where she is in charge of a similar, but larger, school. She has a big job ahead of her as that school doesn 't have the tourist activity to help support it. Sister Catalina is still in Cerocahui making sure everything runs smoothly...and "training" the new Mother Superior. There are also two new Sisters working as aides at the school. All the newcomers are very interested in the well-being of the girls and have already earned their love and respect.
Thanks to your generosity, the Tewecado Trust has been able to make many significant improvements at the School. In general, your donations are used to provide food (60%), medical supplies (25%) and clothing and school supplies (15%).
We also continue providing funds for the day-to-day operations. Hopefully, teachers will never again have to go without pay so food can be purchased for the girls.
All operating expenses of the Tewecado Trust (for example, the cost of this letter) are covered by a donor who makes contributions solely for that purpose.
But our work isn 't done! Your tax-deductible donation - $25, $50, $100 or more - will help us continue our efforts on behalf of the Tarahumara girls who live, study and grow at the Tewecado Mission School.
The Sisters, and their Tarahumara charges, thank you for your continued support.
James L. Moline