1. How long has Tashirat been open?
Tashirat opened in 1994 as a Spiritual Learning Center for Yoga, nutrition and meditation, and officially became an association in 2000. Tashirat expanded and opened the Tashirat Orphanage in 2003. In 2019, we opened the Ashatya Center, which is now our Learning Center and Tashirat is now solely our orphanage.
2. How large is the Tashirat organization?
We are a small organization. We have 501c3 status as a foundation the US and we are a non-for-profit association in Mexico.
Our organization includes our 8 staff members who run all of Tashirat as a team, and who live and work together full-time in Tashirat.
3. How is Tashirat supported?
All of Tashirat was bought and built by the Tashirat staff members and their families. The Tashirat Orphanage children are each sponsored by our generous friends, families, and supporters around the world. We rent out our Bungalows Naturaleza bungalows to long term renters and Amatista Retreat Center to retreat groups to support all of our basic administrative costs: legal fees, accounting expenses, transportation, general maintenance, repair materials, gas, water, electricity, phone bills, salaries of paid employees, etc.
4. How many sponsors does each child have?
Each child has 1 food sponsor and 1 ¨other¨ sponsor. The food sponsorship goes to basic necessities, while the ¨other¨ sponsorship goes to the remainder of the child’s expenses. Our university students also have education sponsors.
5. Are staff members paid?
No, our staff members are full-time volunteers. They do not receive a salary. Their basic needs cost about 600 pesos a week (about 30 USD) and each staff member has a family member who sponsors him/her.
6. Where do you receive children from?
All of our children were channeled to us from the DIF (the government child-welfare department) after the DIF removed the children from abusive homes, or after the children were abandoned.
7. Are the children up for adoption?
The children at Tashirat are no longer up for adoption. Our mission is to give a home and family to children who never received an adoptive family due to their age, cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities, or because they have multiple siblings. If you are interested in adoption, we can put you in contact with our lawyer who helps families to adopt.
8. Why don't you show the children's faces in the photos on the Tashirat website?
We are legally required to protect the identity of the children in our care since they have been victims of crimes. We only show the faces of our children who are now over 18 years old and have given their written consent.
If you have any other questions that you would like to ask, please don’t hesitate! We would love to answer any of your inquiries.