Hey friends! It's me, your fun-loving, goofball, explorer, Katie. I've been a huge fan of a non-profit run by a fellow Thunderbird called the Tia Foundation and have finally gotten the opportunity to be a part of their amazing mission. Using a “teach them to fish” model, the Tia Foundation trains and equips community health workers, elected by their fellow villagers, in remote parts of rural Mexico, where there are no doctors. They accomplish this permanent, sustainable solution for less than $5 a person, because the local governments take over continuing education and resupply of the robust medical kits each health worker is given. Their health workers provide vaccinations, deliver babies, manage chronic diseases like diabetes, and offer preventative education. This June, I will have the opportunity to help bring lifelong health care to 10,000 villagers on the shores of Lake Chapala (south of Guadalajara, MX). I'll be going down to pack medical kits, act as a mock patient, assist with logistics and conduct interviews. Your support will help me use my Spanish fluency to help a community that I care deeply about.
Thank you for reading and considering helping out. The costs target my goal for the medical supplies and travel and expenses. Every $5 contributed will give 1 person health care for life! Sending my love and gratitude to you all!