Saturday, November 24, 2012

Charity Committee

One of the major goals of our group is to seek out the special needs of the areas we travel to and do our best to help where we can.  This can be hospital and medical supplies, school supplies, wheelchairs, computers, beds for orphanages, clothes and often several thousand dollars in cash.

The supplies above were loaded on the Chepe, the train to the Copper Canyon, and taken to the Tarahumara Indians in remote areas of the canyon that we were to visit.

Some were left at this girls school in the village of Cerocahui.

The Tarahumara make their shoes from rubber taken from old tire treads.

We left sports equipment, school supplies, warm clothes and a computer at this remote school on the way to the village of Urique at the bottom of one of the world's deepest canyons.

The teacher later traveled to Mexico City to learn how to use the computer.

It's a nice, clean school with electricity and a wood burning stove.

 All students here are learning three languages: Spanish, English and their native Tarahumara.

  In the year preceding each trip, volunteers gather information that is used by the charity committee to best distribute the items we have been able to obtain.

As you can see, these are often really remote areas that tourists never care to see.

Our local contact for this trip is explaining who we are and why we came here to help them.

    The village above is in remote mountains near the East Coast.
                          The one below is near El Fuerte near the West coast.

The happy teacher surrounded by her students.  

These pictures were taken at a facility for disabled children near the large city of Zacatecas.

One of our members, a physical therapist, was able to teach some new techniques to them.

     We were able to leave much needed medical supplies and some money.

Judy and I have both served on this committee and have found it to be one of the most moving parts of any rally.  We not only go to remote areas, but get to meet the people there and interact with them.

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