By Moonyeen King
President of the Board for Tepehua
The Tepehua Community Center has been through another year of promise. Going from strength to strength simply through supplying basic support. The needs of the family unit does not change much from house to house or socioeconomic differences. Education and health care. When you have those two things you can control your world.
Drastic changes have taken place in Tepehua since the Center opened its doors, only because people are taking charge of their Center, the responsibility of their future and that of their children. Days are not taken one at a time now, there is a tomorrow for children that is finally possible to achieve. Barrio people can actually have dreams and visions. Maybe even a New Year Bucket List, or make resolutions of achievements for the immediate future.
Sarah Pruitt wrote “Babylonians were the first to make New Year resolutions some 4,000 years ago, the first to hold celebrations in honor of the New Year which was then in March when crops were planted and Kings were crowned....” she goes on to say promises were made to the Gods to pay back debts and return borrowed items, hence the first resolutions, today we promise ourselves or loved ones, maybe a God or two.
It was Julius Caesar who changed New Year to January the 1st. Something to do with the Solstice. This was also a combination of the fact that the Christians believed Mary declared her pregnancy in March, with the Christ child, obviously his birth would be nine months later, making December a religious holiday instead of carousing.. (Hope you can get your head around all that intellectual thought!)
The Tepehua Team also has New Year Resolutions, the list is long but it is all achievable if we work together. With help from the private sector and the incredible support we have from Rotary International we can make things happen.
Now the Church is slowly being pushed away from the private lives of its people a little bit more every day, with choices being made according to their needs, a separation between Church and state, educated choices instead of being dictated to, life in the barrios will get stronger with people working together as a whole to make their corner of the world a better place.
The Church definitely has a place in the heart for teaching civilized thought, difference between good and evil for those who believe, but it should never have the controlling power for the choices of people, especially the women, who are now becoming a strength in the work force for the first time, participating because they can with self choices made. Like how many children to have. This writer has noticed a subtle difference in the Churches of today, they play a more supportive than controlling role in everyday life, especially the various Churches Lake Side. This is a very good thing.
The Tepehua Team wishes the whole world peace, especially in our world at Lake Side, where supporters of Charities have made such a difference in the life of the barrios, with generosity and unselfish volunteerism.
Healthy New Year to all!
You have made a difference.
MOONYEEN PATRICIA KING
Column: Profiling Tepehua
Settled in Mexico 13 years ago. The intention was to retire into the arts as a writer, poet and painter...that didn’t happen. Beneath the smiles of the peoples of Mexico there was such a great need for change, especially for the women and children of the barrios, Moonyeen has dedicated these years to change the face of this little corner of the world. The work done by the volunteers of the Tepehua Community Center is teaching that change is possible anywhere. Moonyeen was portrayed as “Woman of the Year,” also two Paul Harris Rotary awards for the work done at Tepehua. “Life in Mexico is very fulfilling. The Mexican people give so much more to us immigrants than we can possible return.