An IRS 501(c)(3) Charitable Corporation
Dear Friends and Donors,
Ann and I were the guests of honor at the dedication of the new library at the Tewecado Mission School in February. Your contributions helped provide over 1,500 books, globes and shelves; not to mention a new floor, door and ceiling on the room. It is the ONLY library in Cerocahui and will serve as a great resource for the children, teachers and others in the town.
The "little ribbon-cutting ceremony" Sister Catalina talked about turned into a major event for us and our train passengers. Every class of day students at the school performed a skit or dance; the teachers did a line dance; the Tarahumara girls performed one of their traditional dances, and the local priest was there to bless the library! It was a privilege to share their excitement and joy at having a library to call their own.
Thanks to Dan Withers for sharing his photos of the library dedication.
On another subject, there was no provision for heat when the new dorm was built last year, but we're going to make sure the girls are nice and warm next winter. We received a wonderful grant from the Joseph Stanley Leeds Foundation that will pay for the installation of a heating system in the building and perhaps have enough left over to heat the classrooms as well.
The saga of the new stove is over! It is now installed in the kitchen - after some serious negotiations with Doña Maria (the cook) over its placement and the moving of her favorite work table, which just happened to be cemented into the floor.
On a sadder note: Mother Superior Lourdes fell on some steps at the school and broke her ankle in a couple places. She "toughed out" the trip from the school to a hospital in Chihuahua with no pain medication. The doctors set the ankle, placing several pins and screws. She is recuperating at the Provincial Mother House in Chihuahua City.
The medical bills have placed quite a strain on the school's budget. So, in order to help, we are starting an emergency fund to provide financial assistance if a crisis arises in the future. To "seed" the fund, Board member Tom Giannini is having a yard sale in Tucson July 2 with all proceeds going to the fund. Anyone wishing to donate usable items for the sale can contact Tom at (520)327-0946. And, if you live in the area, stop by the sale this summer.
We've had a gratifying response to our donor trip to the school in November. Sue Stillwell has already requested additional rooms to meet the demand! Many of you have told us you would love to go but just can't make it this year. I think it is safe to say we will be doing a work trip to the school again and will try to give everyone plenty of advance notice.
There's still time to sign up for this year's trip. Call Sue Stillwell at (520)803-1352 or (800)499-5685.
We have accomplished a lot this past year and it is all through your help that it was possible. But, with 75 growing girls, the projects never stop. Your tax-deductible donation - $25, $50, $100 or more - will help us continue our efforts on behalf of the children at the Tewecado Mission School.
The Sisters, and their Tarahumara charges, thank you for your continued support.
James L. Moline