Is a nonprofit organization, legally incorporated in Mexico in 2011, which provides education and training for children, women and men in extreme poverty, mostly indigenous, who live in the northern Ladrillera Tarahumara settlement in Chihuahua, Mexico. Currently, around 400 people live in the settlement.
The Rarámuri or Tarahumara are a Native American people of northwestern Mexico who are renowned for their long-distance running ability. Originally, inhabitants of much of the state of Chihuahua, the Rarámuri retreated to the high sierras and canyons such as the Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre Occidental on the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century .
For many years and due to drought, famine and extreme poverty, many Rarámuri have migrated to urban areas where they live in substandard dwellings in settlements known as asentamientos, located on the outskirts of the cities.
We run a community center to serve mostly Rarámuri children and families in extreme poverty, who lack basic public services (drinking water, sewerage, lighting, public transportation and paving) and access to health services; they face malnutrition and constant gastrointestinal diseases). Also, many of our beneficiaries suffer from addiction or are domestic violence victims.
They also lack basic education and opportunities to attend school; Rarámuri children usually begin attending school at age 7. Access to the settlement is difficult as it requires walking 4 Km. on a dirt road. The main source of income of Rarámuri is brick making – men, women and children work in the ladrilleras –, women also panhandle or are domestic workers. The Rarámuri living in the settlement are also exposed to insecurity and crime, since most of the housing consists of makeshift huts or brick-made single rooms.