About Us

– Tepoz Rosa –

Our Mission Statement

TEPOZ ROSA A. C., is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the mortality rate of breast and cervical cancer amongst the women of Tepoztlan, Morelos.

Our Vision

To consolidate our actions in the Municipality of Tepoztlan while becoming a point of reference throughout the State of Morelos for our social work and humanitarian efforts.

Our History

In 2013, two residents of Tepoztlan, both survivors of breast cancer, saw the need for early detection as means to combat the mortality rate of the disease, one of the highest in Mexico.

​The rural nature of Tepoztlan means few health facilities are available. Most diagnosis/treatment for cancer must happen in Mexico City.

​The first early detection campaign that same year carried out 280 free screenings over a 3 day period.

Our History (cont.)

It became apparent that support -financial, therapeutic and logistical- was essential for any patient detected with breast cancer and requiring treatment.

Tepoz Rosa A.C., added this goal to its initial one.

​In 2015 Tepoz Rosa A. C., was legally constituted.

​In 2016 the organization was authorized to issue tax-deductible receipts.

Our Achievements

In TEPOZ ROSA’s 11 years of existence here are our achievements:

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

  • 10 yearly breast cancer screening campaigns achieving 6,850 screenings.
  • 3,600 women now registered in our data base (of a potential total of 8,000 women aged 40 – 70 who live in the municipality) and who receive annual follow-up notifications.
  • More than 400 ultrasound studies.
  • 29 patients diagnosed with breast cancer have received/are receiving financial, therapeutic and logistical support with their treatments from Tepoz Rosa.

CERVICAL CANCER EARLY SCREENING

  • To date (April 2024) and as a result of Tepoz Rosa joining forces with Amistad Canada, eight important screening campaigns have been carried out with two more scheduled for this year.
  • A total of 916 local women have benefitted.
  • Approximately 120 women have received subsequent consultations with specialists together with treatment plans and necessary prescriptions.

OVARIAN CANCER PRELIMINARY DETECTION

  • Thanks to the support of the Fundación Luis Pasteur IAP, our partners in the Cervical cancer screening programme, we are now able to offer ultrasounds (pelvic and breast) in each campaign to help in the early detection procedure for cancer.   
  • This is particular useful for women under 40 who cannot have a mammogram, and in the case of pelvic ultrasounds, an ideal way to detect signs of an ovarian cyst which could be an indication of cancer.
  • This additional service is only possible thanks to the continued generosity of our Canadian benefactors.

COUNSELLING, SUPPORT & THERAPEUTIC GROUPS

  • Since its initiation, Tepoz Rosa has sought to provide support and accompaniment for all local women going through cancer treatment.
  • There is a permanent programme available of professional help (therapists, patient groups, etc.) as well as nutritionists offering practical workshops, and courses of handcrafts (knitting, sewing, painting, etc.).
  • All of these services are available for anyone in the community.

    Our Achievements

    In TEPOZ ROSA’s 10 years of existence here are our achievements:

    BREAST CANCER SCREENING

    • 10 yearly breast cancer screening campaigns achieving 6,850 screenings.
    • 3,600 women now registered in our data base (of a potential total of 8,000 women aged 40 – 70 who live in the municipality) and who receive annual follow-up notifications.
    • More than 400 ultrasound studies.
    • 29 patients diagnosed with breast cancer have received/are receiving financial, therapeutic and logistical support with their treatments from Tepoz Rosa.

    CERVICAL CANCER EARLY SCREENING

    • As of June 2022 and as a result of the initiation of the Amistad Canada Project, six bi-monthly screening campaigns were able to be programmed.
    • 5 have taken place so far resulting in over 400 screenings.
    • Approximately 80 patients have received subsequent consultations with specialists together with treatment plans and necessary prescriptions.

    COUNSELLING, SUPPORT & THERAPEUTIC GROUPS

    • Since its initiation, Tepoz Rosa has sought to provide support and accompaniment for all local women going through cancer treatment.
    • There is a permanent programme available of professional help (therapists, patient groups, etc.) as well as nutritionists offering practical workshops, and courses of handcrafts (knitting, sewing, painting, etc.).
    • All of these services are available for anyone in the community.

    CASA TEPOZ ROSA

    • In March 2022,Tepoz Rosa was able to open its own custom-built centre – La Casa Tepoz Rosa – designed to receive mobile screening units, offer space for therapeutic and informative workshops, and provide a supportive environment for patients and their families.
    • Casa Tepoz Rosa was built as the result of a separate fundraising campaign independent of the operational activities of the organization.
    • The Casa Tepoz Rosa has become the ‘go-to’ centre for anyone seeking information concerning breast and/or cervical cancer.

    Fundraising

    In order to achieve its goals, Tepoz Rosa A.C., is wholly dependent on the funds coming from

    Individual and corporate donations both from local, national as well as international wellwishers.

    A number of activities are organized throughout the year to raise both awareness of our aims and encourage the financial support required to achieve them.  The results have been amazing and heartening!  

    Nowhere has this been more necessary or more rewarding than with the Cervical Cancer Screening Project supported entirely by donations from well-wishers in Canada and received through the good offices of Amistad Canada.  Wonderful events are organized each year by a small but dedicated team of volunteers who give their time and expertise to the cause.  Fascinating illustrated talks by 

    A calendar of unique and wonderful events taking place in various locations in Canada, is published here (with all relevant info. on venues, ticket sales, tax deductible receipts, etc.). Don’t miss these fabulous moments to celebrate and reach out as well-wishers and benefactors of the rural women of Tepoztlan in Mexico … they will be eternally grateful.

    For further information or to make a donation, please contact us:

    info@tepozrosa.org   or  amistadcanada.org

    Casa Tepoz Rosa

    Opened in March 2022 and built entirely with individual and corporate donations, Casa Tepoz Rosa is the new home for Tepoz Rosa A. C.; a multipurpose space from which we run our breast cancer and cervical cancer detection campaigns for the municipality of Tepoztlan as well as provide the auxiliary support services so necessary for the women in treatment and their families.

    CASA TEPOZ ROSA  has become the recognized ‘go to’ centre in Tepoztlan for anyone anxious for information, orientation and help on all matters related to women´s cancer. This space houses the mobile screening units that come each campaign, and also provides appropriate installations to offer a wide range of informative talks, individual and group occupational therapies, consultations, etc. for the entire community.

    Our Volunteer Group

    In 2013 a group of women from the local community formed a team of volunteers to support Tepoz Rosa’s activities.​​

    This volunteer group now stands at 20 dedicated women, helping with campaigns, patient visits, etc. and acting as ‘ambassadors’ of the cause.​

    They participate in training programmes and organize a number of workshops such as nutrition, tanatolgy,  occupational therapy such as handicrafts, painting, etc.

                                                                                     

    Our Data Base

    • Tepoz Rosa AC has created a professional data base of all the women registered in our campaigns, providing a complete profile of over 2,800 women aged 40 to 69 years throughout the Municipality.​
    • This enables us to provide vital follow-up to those women requiring periodic check-ups or those missing their annual screenings.​​
    • Tepoz Rosa AC handles the data according to the strictest rules of confidentiality and privacy.

    Fundraising

    In order to achieve its goals, Tepoz Rosa A.C., is wholly dependent on the funds coming from:

    Individual and corporate donations as well as:

    ​Fundraising activities such as:

    • The sale of pur unique Recipe Calendar.
    • An annual luncheon.
    • A tennis tournament, amongst others.

    The sponsors and benefactors of Tepoz Rosa A.C., during our ten years of operation include:

    GNP Seguros | Estafeta | Hotel Boutique Casa Fernanda | Fundación Televisa | DIF Municipal de Tepoztlán | Tequila Cuervo | YMCA | Campamento Camohmila | Hotel Presidente Inter-Continental Guadalajara | Hotel Xcaret México | La Sombra del Sabino | Amistad Canada

    and we are deeply appreciative of their support!

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