Just over the U.S. border, we have been planting hope amid drug-traffic violence for 22 years. Scholarships from 130 Americans have helped 300 young Mexican leaders graduate from high school and 110 from college as nurses, doctors, teachers, and lawyers who are replacing drug cartel activity with reclaimed land, regional stability, and healthy lives.
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The Tarahumara are the world-famous “running people” who host the world’s 20 best ultra-marathoners each year on their mountain trails for a 50+ mile race they repeatedly win! But sadly they acquired these superpowers over centuries by having to outrun Spanish colonizers, land-grabbing deforesters, mountain-mining corporations, and now pot-growing drug cartels, as they withdrew to the Copper Canyon. Canyon Scholars’ work has focused on 40 Tarahumara villages, one of which is described in this video.
Fun Facts: A wonder of the world, the Copper Canyon is actually 5 times deeper and wider than Arizona’s Grand Canyon! Also, thanks to Mexico’s Department of Tourism, it also has the world’s second longest zip line, after one in the United Arab Emirates!
For more on our work among these fascinating indigenous people, read about our human rights work, reservoir building in drought-stricken regions, Rotary partnerships to build a school library and recreational court, and fruit orchard planting to help the Tarahumara survive and reclaim their lost lands.
Read: The Land Cries Out by Todd Svanoe, Director of Donor Relations, Canyon Scholars.
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