Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund
The Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund was established in 1983 as an
independent, non-profit, tax deductible organization. Our purpose is to
raise money in the United States to support vital services provided to the
Tarahumara Indians in Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The 60,000 Tarahumara Indians who live in the Sierra Mountains maintain
life styles 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
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 also has
been responsible for digging water wells which provide safe drinking water
to many villages. 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.
Obviously, the Tarahumara people do not have the currency to pay for
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. Father Luis
Verplancken, the Mission's administrator, believes strongly 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
The additional site information will tell you more about the Mission
Tarahumara. Thank you for considering this request for assistance.
Oregon Advisory Board, Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund