My famine and food relief program for the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon Mexico has been expanded to include an Orphanage in Siem Reap Cambodia and a scholarship program for youth who volunteer at the Cambodian Orphanage in 2013.


I was exploring canyons in Mexico, especially Copper Canyon in the 1980s and 1990s. What I found was deforestation that lead to localized climate change, drought and eventually famine for the Native Tarahumara Indians of those canyons. In the early 1990s I established a famine relief program which with our small foundations, Wilderness Expeditions Ltd has delivered more than 200 tons of raw grains and other basic critically needed food items with the last food delivery being 2013.


Copper Canyon Mexico

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Spring 2013
"There is no greater gift of Charity than Education"

and in the case of the Tarahumara Indians and Cambodian Orphans, Food.

Richard D. Fisher 2013


We did it again!!! Thank you so much for all of your effort to support once again a Raramuri Community in Mexico: Coyachique!!


We start planning the trip down to Copper Cayon in September since the new paved road is being constructed and there IS NO road to access to the village, big machines appear in the middle of the mountains doing new roads.


Mexico has not been well since the bad publicity has appeared in media telling just violence stories, but the true is the Copper Canyon is prettier than ever!!  


Most of Batopilas houses are just painted with bright Mexican colors, flowers are blooming, and we had a wonderful rain and fog which make the river over flow.


Several families in Coyachique clean the road for us from the river up to the community but unfortunately the river had so much water that we couldn't cross, but Patrocino said that is a good sign for agriculture.


This year we invite some friends to go with us and share this blessing, and here is a comment from Jean P.


Dear Diana,
I can't THANK YOU enough for inviting me to join you on this most FABULOUS experience to deliver food to the Tarahumara people.  I am so proud of you!!!  You are one very capable young woman and I was so honored to be a part of this project.   I enjoyed every minute and I know that Ana and Ivan did as well.  I look forward to more adventures with you in the future!!  

"The Fundacion Corazones Alegres was a most magical, enchanting and enriching experience to assist Tarahumara communities with food aid that is so much needed and appreciated.  I hope this Fundacion will continue to benefit the Tarahumaras with food and education opportunities for years to come." 


Jean P.


P.S. It was especially rewarding to meet the Patrocinio Lopez family.

All of the food we took we purchased in Batopilas so we support the local economy and the Mayor Leonel Hernandez once again help us translating the food from the village to mountains-bridge.


Here is what we delivered:

Corn Flour (maseca) 935 kilos

Sugar 159 kilos                        

Corn  1450 kilos                              

Beans  930 kilos                              

Portolas (can fish)





Thank you so much for inviting us to be part of this project!! We just love it!! Felicitas was on vacations and I couldn't take a picture of her in front of the group as a teacher but she said she will email it to me.





The new Tarahumara school, whose teachers use the computers that we donated a few years ago.



Just arrived in Batopilas Chihuahua Mexico to start our famine relief delivery 2013.



Meet and greet with our helpers for the food delivery. Diana and brother 2013.



Keeping the records up to date and in full trail side. Batopilas Canyon



The whole village comes down for the food delivery about 3 to 5 hours walk from their homes.



The BIG pile of food ready to be distributed to each family.




 Thank you so very much for our long term supporters and humanitarians!




For those who encouraged us to continue this project please send you check to

We will return an IRS 501 (c) 3 a tax deduction receipt:


Wilderness Expeditions Ltd.

P.O. Box 86492

Tucson, Arizona 85754 USA

(520) 882-5341