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This holiday season we have much to be thankful for. By banding together in ways small and large, our supporters have rallied to ensure that "our" girls are happy, healthy and full of hope for the New Year. How have you done it? Take a look:
When he heard The Tewecado Trust had lost its best means of acquainting new friends with the school, former Sierra Madre Express customer and "Roots on the Rail" travel organizer (www.flyingunderradar.com) Charlie Hunter put out the call: "We, as 'Tarahumara Train' alumni, are called upon to give back," he said. Roots musicians Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Butch Hancock, Steve Young, Eliza Gilkyson, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum stepped up and issued a challenge: a dollar-for-dollar match for contributions up to $2000. The generous musicians and their fans came through in spades!
Children all over the US and Canada learned about the school thanks to Discovery Canyon Vacation Bible School, a project of the Catholic publication, "Our Sunday Visitor." Kids from 32 parishes participated, doing small tasks or raiding their piggy banks to help their peers in Mexico. "The children were excited to help those who had so little compared to the everyday 'luxuries' we take for granted: clean water, transportation, and schools close to home," wrote Pat Bush of St. Pius X Church in Moberly, Missouri.
An article in Tucson's Sunday newspaper by Trust board member Ann Brehm-Moline introduced the girls to local readers and brought wonderful letters and wishes for continued success ... as well as several new donors.
Ho, ho, ho! Santa will soon have a safe place to land as the third section (out of four) of roof repair gets underway. So far, local builder Abel Lopez has done a beautiful job of replacing the sections over the pantry, kitchen, and girls' locker room and baths. Next up is the leaky roof over the Sisters' heads (literally) and the chapel. That leaves one more section over the primary school classrooms to finish, as soon as we raise the $20,000 needed to complete it. Would you like to help? Just indicate "Roof project" on your check to The Tewecado Trust.
One of our generous supporters has issued a challenge: he will match your holiday donation, up to a total of $5000 Double your money and do good! Be sure and mark your check "Challenge Grant."
Thank you all for your continued care and concern. Times are particularly tough right now in the mountains of Mexico. The Copper Canyon region continues to suffer from a severe drop in tourism due to the difficult economy in the U.S. and media reports of violence. Because jobs are scarce and crop yields were poor, more and more families turn to the Sisters for help. Your donation goes a long way to feed, clothe and educate 75 deserving little Tarahumara girls who might not otherwise be so blessed.
If you've dreamed of getting to know the little girls your donation dollars support, you will have your chance next year. In November 2010, we will host the third "Tewecado Mission Trip" to Cerocahui. Participants can choose from two options: The Nov. 1-9 trip will depart from Los Mochis and include a tour of Copper Canyon plus three days at the school. The package price is tentatively set at $1465 per person ($250 single supplement). The Nov. 3-9 option includes three days at the school, plus hotel in El Fuerte before and after the work days. Price for this option is tentatively set for $720 per person ($125 single supplement). Susy Stilwell of S&S Tours is again handling the travel arrangements. For a complete itinerary or to reserve space, contact her toll free at 866-780-2813 or check out her website: www.ss-tours.com.
Molly Beth Daniel Graser Kenneth C. Nelson Justina Olchowy Margaret Petersen Jean Voss
George Masek, Sr.
Instead of a gift this year, why not honor those you love with a donation to the Tewecado Trust? We will send a card to them informing them of your thoughtfulness.
The Sisters - Catalina, Isabel, Yola, Beatriz and Evelia - send their regards and deepest appreciation for your generous support of their mission "to help the poorest of the poor." Please remember them and their Tarahumara charges this holiday season. We can't do it without you!