The Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund supports the St. Teresita Clinica in Creel, offering free health care to Tarahumara children.
"Thank You" to everyone who attended our 15th Annual Benefit on Saturday, October 5th. We were pleased to have a full house and appreciated the strong attendance of over 200 smiling faces. We want to especially thank the TCHF Board Members for their dedication in setting up and running this event and we want to thank Father Guillermo, Mission Director from Creel, Mexico and Father David Ungerleider, Liaison and Advisor from Tijuana for making the trip to update us on the current conditions and to assist in the appeal for this Benefit.
NOTE: We are posting this entry on behalf of our friends and colleagues in Creel.
The local community recently celebrated the Santa Teresita Feast Day. These pictures give a very good sense of the Tarahumara people, how they dress and the area in which they live. Santa Teresita is the patron saint of the Clinic in Creel. Thank you to Antonio for sending the pictures for us to post:
Following the enthusiastic success of our First Annual Poker Party last year we are pleased to announce that we still have some open seats for our Second Annual Poker Party. It will be held on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 in Happy Valley. Come join us for a fun evening of great food and drink, fellowship and, of course, some competitive poker.
The summer is almost over and we are still getting rain, more so this year than last. We can actually see green vegetation again throughout the Sierra. Approximately 70 indigenous communities participated in the food distribution program for corn, so it was easier on them while they were waiting for this year’s crop to be ready, especially in the areas of the Sierra where there has been less rain.
Imagine lives so impoverished that most of the community's children die before reaching the age of five. The children are part of a tribe of 60,000 Tarahumara Indians, who live in caves and primitive huts, with unsafe drinking water, parasites, and devastating malnutrition. Picture all this in an area of unsurpassed scenic beauty, with mountains and canyons and a rich cultural heritage - just hours from El Paso, Texas. This is the situation that Father Verplancken found when he came to Creel, Mexico in the early 1960's.