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This is one of the most frequently asked questions about the Tarahumara girls under the Sisters' care. Some return home, but many go on to junior high school and a few continue their education beyond that level. Victoria Osorio, age 21, grew up on a remote "ranchito" outside of Cerocahui, and attended the Tewecado boarding school at a later age than most. She became the Sisters' "right-hand girl" and went on to graduate from junior high in Carichi, another mission run by the same order. She is now in Chihuahua City in her first year as a postulant of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor. This is the first step in a 9-year journey to become a full-fledged nun. She hopes to return to the Sierra to continue the Sisters' work with the Tarahumara.
Kids all over the U.S. will be encouraged to help around the house a bit more than usual, plant flowers, sell lemonade, help a neighbor with a cleaning project or yard work - all to earn a little extra money to support the children at the Tewecado Mission School! The school has been selected by Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic publication, to be the featured mission for its Catholic Vacation Bible School's "Rainforest Adventure-Discovery Canyon" this summer. What a wonderful opportunity for children here to connect and learn about their peers in Mexico ... and help the less fortunate at the same time! Check out the website at www.thevbsplace.org, click on "Catholic" and then on "Mission Project" for more details.
Not only is the Copper Canyon region suffering from a severe drop in tourism due to the difficult economy in the U.S. and media reports of violence in Chihuahua, but Mother Nature has not been kind this season, either. Sister Catalina reports that winter rains and snows never arrived. Spring planting was impossible for many of the area's subsistence farmers - parents of the girls who attend the Tewecado Mission School. The Sisters are already seeing the effects, with folks lining up at the school daily with requests for food and support.
Thanks to your generous support, the second section of roof at the school is funded and will be completed by May. Sister Catalina wasted no time, buying materials when the exchange rate was most favorable and coordinating the construction with a local builder. This means the entire area of the girls’ living quarters - kitchen, dining room, lockers, showers, etc. - has a new-and-improved, leak-free roof. We're halfway there! Again, we thank you all for the part you played in raising the $36,000 required for the "back half" of the roof. Now, we ask your continued support to replace the roof over the classrooms at the front of the building.
Sixth-grader Adelina Mora never dreamed that her entry in a state-wide contest would be one of the winners to earn a day at the Chihuahua State House of Representatives. But, on April 30, Mexico's Día del Niño (Children's Day), Adelina will be in the State Capitol expounding on the issues of the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyon region... heady stuff for anyone, but especially for a Tarahumara girl who hails from a remote boarding school in the mountains. Thanks to your interest and support of the school, the Sisters and teachers at the school have the resources to provide a level of education equal to any in the state, and Adelina is living proof that your investment in these deserving children is paying off.
Many of you were first introduced to the Tewecado Mission School as passengers on the Sierra Madre Express. We are sad to report that this venerable institution ceased operations in December of 2008. With its closing, we have lost our best and most-effective means of acquainting new friends and supporters with the courageous work the Sisters are doing on behalf of the Tarahumara children in the Copper Canyon. Additionally, the readily available means to transport supplies - vitamins, personal items for the girls, school supplies, etc. - has come to a stop. We are working on alternatives, but we also desperately need your help to continue to spread the word. Included with this mailing are two copies of our brochure. Won't you please pass these along to your friends, family members and associates who might be interested in helping support the Tewecado Mission School? Or, perhaps you could schedule a talk for your congregation or civic group. Please let us know if you require additional brochures for your efforts. We would be happy to send you a supply.
On behalf of the Sisters and the 75 little girls in their care, thank you for your continued and generous support. We couldn't do this without you!