An IRS 501(c)(3) Charitable Corporation
Dear Friends and Donors,
Ever wonder how the girls get the nice, flat pleats in their skirts? The answer is simple (sort of) - flat irons that are heated on a wood-burning stove!
We had an article about Cerocahui and the Tewecado Mission School published in The Mexico File newsletter recently. We thought you would enjoy reading it so a reprint is included with this mailing. And, it might whet your appetite for a visit to the school...which just happens to be scheduled for this fall!
In November, 2005, we took a small group to the school where we painted, played with the girls and led the day students in classroom activities. Feedback was unanimous: let's do it again sometime and spend more time with the girls.
So we are planning another visit/work trip Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 2007, with three full days at the school. Cost of the trip is $1,320/person which includes all transportation (bus) from Tucson, lodging and most meals. Discounts for cash are available. Sue Stillwell is again handling all arrangements.
Space is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Sue is taking the reservations and a $300/person non-refundable deposit is required. Contact Sue Stillwell directly at 800-499-5685 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sept. 25 Tucson to Alamos Sept. 26 Alamos to El Fuerte Sept. 27 El Fuerte to Cerocahui Sept. 28-30 Cerocahui Oct. 1 Cerocahui to El Fuerte Oct. 2 El Fuerte to Guaymas Oct. 3 Guaymas to Tucson
The 2005 trip to the school included lots of activities. Below left, Bev Sharp and Ursula Sanders teach the girls some new skills in a classroom session. Jane and Mike Dorgan (right) tackle the task of painting one of the kitchen screen doors (without getting a lot of white paint on the screen itself).
María de Jesús Lípez Díaz, "Chuy" to most folks, began teaching at the school seven years ago. A native of Cerocahui, she teaches sixth grade. "My greatest hope is that I can set my students on the right path - to give back to them what my teachers gave to me." Chuy and her husband Oscar have three children, Oscar (11 years), Estefania (9) and Fernanda (7). "They are my pride and joy. I thank God every day for such a wonderful family." Chuy would also like to thank our donors for their caring and support of the school.
María de los Angeles Quintero Frías is another "old timer", with nine years of tenure. She loves being involved with children, and as a fourth grade teacher no doubt she gets her fill! She is studying for her teacher certification and expects to graduate in December 2007. She manages the rigorous study schedule in addition to raising two children, Vianca Lizeth (age 11) and Angel Rigoberto (5). "I so appreciate the support I have received to complete my education as I couldn't have done it without your help," she says, adding "God will know you have done this and triple your blessings!"
Since its inception in 2002, the Tewecado Trust has depended on one donor to pay for all operating expenses. We are an all-volunteer organization, so costs are incurred only for items such as stationery, printing, postage and tax preparation. Annual expenses-about $2,500/year - are miniscule by not-for-profit standards but much to ask of a single donor. Beginning March 1, 2008, the Trust will follow the lead of other non-profits and begin covering operating costs through general donations and specifically designated gifts.
The Board of Directors voted to transfer some monies from the general fund to the endowment fund to make up for a shortfall in endowment donations this year. Our hope is to eventually have enough invested to provide a reasonable annual income for the school. Fortunately, a donor has come forward and issued a challenge grant. He will match dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 all contributions to the Endowment Fund in 2007.
Let's make sure he has to write that $5,000 check!
Thank you very much for your continued support. Seventy-five little Tarahumara girls are counting on you!
James L. Moline