The Tarahumara Childrens Hospital Fund

Location:

14009 S.E. Matilda DrivePortlandOregon97267United States View Map

Phone:

(503) 659-4342

Fax:

(503) 652-5991
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Description:

The Tarahumara Childrens Hospital Fund (TCHF) consists of four separate groups working together to support the Jesuit Tarahumara Mission in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. These groups are located in Detroit MI, New Orleans, LA and Milwaukie (Portland), OR. The Mission headquarters is in Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico, with Fr. Miguel Quintanilla, S.J. serving as Director since March of 2015. The TCHF was first established in Detroit in 1966 as an independent, non-profit, tax deductible organization. Since that time, chapters have been created in Louisiana in 1983 and Oregon in 1998. Our purpose is to raise money and awareness in the United States to support vital services provided to the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyon region of Mexico. The 60,000 Tarahumara Indians who live in the Sierra Mountains maintain lifestyles much like their ancient ancestors. Many still live in caves, without electricity or running water. Their dire poverty results in malnutrition, parasites, and many intestinal diseases, which still claim 25-40% of their children before their fifth birthday. The Mission Tarahumara, headed by a compassionate Jesuit priest, provides a range of services to the Tarahumara people. First, a medical clinic was created. Today, it has 75 beds, 2/3 for children. The mission is also responsible for digging water wells which provide safe drinking water for many people. A boarding school has been developed which teaches Indian children about their own culture, the Spanish language, and teaches them skills to make a living as farmers, craftsmen, and teachers of their people. In recent years, outdated and obsolescent oxygen and X-Ray equipment has been replaced as well as heavily used ambulances and rehabilitative playground equipment. All of these projects are funded through the generous help of patrons from around the country and the world. The Tarahumara people do not have the means to pay for these services themselves. The Mission must rely on the support of foundations and individuals who recognize the importance of both preserving a cultural heritage and ensuring the healthy future of a tribal community. Fr. Miguel Quintanilla, S.J., the new Mission Director, continues the belief in "helping people help themselves". The Mission does not just provide charity today. It trains and uplifts the Indian people so that they can provide for themselves tomorrow.

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