An IRS 501(c)(3) Charitable Corporation
Dear Donors and Friends,
As you may know, The Tewecado Trust provides scholarships so teachers at the school can continue their education. Four teachers (out of eight total) spend every other weekend in Creel taking classes toward certification at the National Teachers' University. They have been keeping this pace for several years, not an easy task considering two of the young women have families now. Among the classes they are taking are Teaching Methodology; Society and Culture in Education; Ethnic and National Issues in the Schools; Languages, Ethnic Groups and Society, and History. Hilda, Lluvia, Adriana and Angeles recently shared their grades - all "8" and above on a scale of 1 to 10 - and their thanks for the support our donors have provided them. "We want to thank you for your valuable support which has been very significant to us, because we really need it. Thanks to your help we have been able to continue our studies," they write. "May God bless you today and always."
In our 2005 holiday letter, we asked your help to match a $5000 challenge offered by a Tewecado donor. We are delighted to report that our donors are some of the most generous on the planet! You responded with $8,245, which when added to the original challenge, provided a total of $13,245 to start an endowment fund for the school. In March the Board of Directors of The Tewecado Trust voted to add to this amount, investing a total of $20,000 in a safe and diversified account. For donors wishing to designate the use of their gifts, the endowment fund is an excellent way to ensure the long-term health of the school ... and the girls who live there!
Ann holds Hilda's new baby as Sister Catalina smiles her approval. Hilda is one of the four teachers attending classes every other weekend to earn her certification.
It's always something! The Sisters recently oversaw the installation of a new septic field and exterior plumbing to replace the aging stone (yes, stone!) channel used to carry waste away from the elementary school bathrooms. This project had been planned and was carried out with help from one of our donors, who had designated funds for this purpose.
Before it was completed, the septic area behind the girls' dormitory (built in 2003) sprung a leak ... well, actually, it overflowed as it was completely full! To properly address the issue, the Sisters have contracted for a new septic field to be constructed across the road and down by the basketball court.
The third annual yard sale to raise money for the Tewecado School emergency fund is scheduled for Saturday, July 1, at the home of Tom and Sandy Giannini in Tucson, Arizona. Local donors who have items to contribute are encouraged to contact Tom and Sandy (327-0946 or onslowkua@ cox.net). They will arrange to either have you deliver your items or they will pick them up during the last week in June.
Items that have sold well in the past include household decorations, small appliances, tools, craft materials, small pieces of furniture, etc. Donors are asked to limit their contribution to items of good quality.
...the Tewecado Trust was founded in 2002 by several past and current employees of The Sierra Madre Express, a private train company in Tucson, Arizona. Noting that many of their passengers who visited the Tewecado Santa Maria de Guadalupe wanted to stay connected and perhaps provide continued financial assistance, Jim Moline and Ann Brehm-Moline formed a US non-profit corporation, with Tom Giannini and Bill Pickeral as founding board members. Four years ago The Tewecado Trust, Inc. was granted provisional 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service, a status that was made permanent this spring. This has enabled interested donors and friends to support the school with tax-deductible donations and at the same time provide a stable source of income for the Sisters. The Trust has no employees and all expenses incurred in administering its operations are covered by a private donor, so 100% of your donation goes for its intended purpose.
Thanks to your help we have accomplished a lot at the school, but our work is never done! Your contributions will help us defray the cost of the unexpected construction of a new septic field, repair the aging roof and ensure the teachers complete their certification program.
Thank you for your continuing generosity. There are 75 little Tarahumara girls in Cerocahui who appreciate your love and support.
James L. Moline