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Atzin Dental Program for 1000 Kids Each Year

by Atzin Mexico / Atzin Desarrollo Comunitario AC
Atzin Dental Program for 1000 Kids Each Year
Atzin Dental Program for 1000 Kids Each Year
Atzin Dental Program for 1000 Kids Each Year
Atzin Dental Program for 1000 Kids Each Year
Atzin Dental Program for 1000 Kids Each Year
Atzin Dental Program for 1000 Kids Each Year
Women line up for food distribution 6-10 July
Women line up for food distribution 6-10 July

Surrounded by grieving families as the death toll in Tlamacazapa rises steadily, Atzin promoters work tirelessly to support their community, offering food, information, basic health advice and comfort. A total of 30 covid deaths have happened in the last eight weeks, each a tragedy for a family. 

Additional initiatives are now in place to help mitigate the impact of covid,

  • condolence visits to those with a death in the family, with a gift of a food package, money and soap;
  • organization of a registry of covid-related deaths with a mapping of their locations;
  • confirmed collaboration with the municipality (a historical first) to distribute food packages once to 800 families in total.

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Your support will provide highly vulnerable families with basic food for survival. 

Your generosity will save lives.

Thank you, Susan

723 families during food distribution 6-10 July
723 families during food distribution 6-10 July
Families in highest need receive food package
Families in highest need receive food package


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Atzin Award from World Humanitarian Drive - Covid
Atzin Award from World Humanitarian Drive - Covid

Dear Friends of Tlamacazapa and Atzin, 

Atzin's work in Tlamacazapa received international recognition for its work in covid19 from the World Humanitarian Drive (WHD) on June 28th, 2020. 

The Atzin team members, and in particular the frontline promoters, are honored to have been chosen from among more than 1,600 nominees internationally. See minute 57:00 in the attached link, in the category "Excellence in Charities Outstanding Big Hearts". 

Tlamacazapa has had 30 deaths in a five week period, each one a tragedy for the family.

The promoters have completed five food distributions, now to 620 families (2,665 people), among many other activities. The attached document summarizes acheivements since mid-March. 

We press on, conscious of the urgent need.

Sincerely and with thanks for any and all support,



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Promoters evaluate progress of their campaign
Promoters evaluate progress of their campaign

In early May, covid-19 appeared in Tlamacazapa, a terribly worrisome situation given the number of highly vulnerable people, a situation that will become increasingly critical over the next months.

Atzin promoters are frontline workers in their community of 8,000 people. In spite of the hot weather, they are doing such a good job, distributing food and cloth face masks to more than 400 impoverished families every two weeks. They are visiting every house again this month to provide more information about the care of peoplewith covid-19 symptoms in the home. Promoters are also making sure that people on Atzin’s special-needs list receive their medications and vitamins for chronic conditions, and recently, have assisted women in situations of domestic violence.

This table summarizes advances up to May 15th, all of which required considerable planning, training, organizing, sewing, and sourcing of materials.

Number of families registered for food packages in Tlama – 409

Number of bags (1kg) of beans, lentils distributed – 2,672

Number of cloth face masks distributed (in Tlama and elsewhere) – 2,356

Number of children under 5 years weighed at first distribution in Tlama – 211


Thanks to donations from people like you, the important work of these dedicated and hard-working women continues.

Again, from all of us on the Atzin team, Thank You.


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Reading while waiting for the dentist
Reading while waiting for the dentist

Dear Friends of Atzin and Tlamacazapa,

In these difficult months, now stretching out to years, we persist through the consequences of events beyond our control, events that have taken such a toll on those living in poverty and on Atzin programs and sometimes, have struck hard at the morale of our team.  

I take comfort in the wise words of Clarissa Pinkola Estes: “In any dark time, there is a tendency to focus on how much is wrong in the world. Do not make yourself ill by becoming overwhelmed.” (2001/2016).

Clarissa says (and I paraphrase): Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of reaching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small act that one can do to assist another will help immensely.

Having learned the art of survival, we at Atzin know that dramatic change comes with the accumulation of acts, one by one - acts that pile up until their weight collapses the rotting fabric of this suffering world, leaving open the possibility of a new way of being, of believing, of speaking, of behaving, of relating.

Responding to need, we are “simultaneously fierce and merciful” and bravely display “the light of awakened souls in these shadowy times.” Just in February 2020, that light included such seemingly small acts as these,

  • Overjoyed, Marcela watches her youngest son, three-year-old Derek with cerebral palsy, take his first steps, having faithfully carried him four days a week to attend early stimulation and therapy.
  • Sitting on a worn palm mat in her small hut, blind, elderly, and fearful about her husband in hospital, Paula reaches out for water to drink and more so, reassurance that she is not alone.
  • Gentle comfort is offered and received by a thirty-year-old woman just after a positive pregnancy test – she in bewildered shock because her boyfriend drinks and suffers from convulsions.
  • A small group listens attentively as Elena tearfully recounts her pregnancy and delivery of Armando, born with severe spina bifida, now 18 months old. She blames herself. Armando plays with a car in her arms; and she dreams that one day he will walk. We are at a loss to respond, realizing that three physicians had made multiple errors in her prenatal care and delivery. Promoters deliver a makeshift cushioned seat for Armando, and invite them to the early stim program.
  • Three teenage girls eagerly accept a scholarship for junior high school; Atzin invests in their education. Atzin health promoters and educators attend four Saturday learning circles, discussing The Four Agreements:  Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best.

It is true: when we hunker down in protection, yes - we are safe. But that is not what Atzin, a small but mighty organization, is made for.

In grateful appreciation of your support for these fierce and merciful acts,

As always, Susan


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Pinatas - a longstanding custom in Mexico
Pinatas - a longstanding custom in Mexico

Dear Friends of Tlamacazapa and Atzin,

Known as “Día de los Reyes” (Day of the Kings), January the 6th is a special occasion in Mexico. It commemorates the three wise men who followed the Star of Bethlehem and brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus. As the Epiphany of the twelve days of Christmas, this festival dates back to the fourth century.

Children throughout Mexico receive gifts on this day after enjoying hot chocolate and a piece of rosca. A rosca is a crown-shaped sweet bread covered in dried fruit that has small doll figures (muñecos) hidden inside it, representing the Christ child. Those who find a doll in their piece of rosca will provide tamales (steamed corn cakes wrapped in cornhusks) for Candlemas Day on February 2nd.

In Tlamacazapa, the custom of sharing roscas only started about thirty years ago, starting first in the church and primary school, and then spreading to people’s homes. Ana, a young Atzin team member, explained, “People cut the rosca and drink hot chocolate in their homes, but few children receive gifts. When I was a child, the Day of the Kings was a time to drink chocolate, be with my family, and especially, the excitement of finding a doll inside the rosca!”

For families in Tlamacazapa, the Day of the Kings is about togetherness and belonging. Today, the day is also celebrated with a mass, a procession in the streets, and on arrival back at the church, church stewards distribute rosca while children break piñatas filled with candy, oranges and jicamas, and unshelled peanuts.

Learning about the celebratory traditions of different peoples is such a glorious way to enlarge our worlds, and in the process, we become bigger people: more understanding and inclusive and so, stronger in spirit.

In grateful appreciation of your spirited gifts during 2019, and with warmest wishes for 2020,



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Atzin Mexico / Atzin Desarrollo Comunitario AC

Location: Cuernavaca, Morelos - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Susan Smith
Cuernavaca, Mexico
$7,491 raised of $10,000 goal
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