Why SEPA Raises Money
SEPA is now two-thirds of the way through its March
2011 - February 2012 fiscal year.
SEPA's current budget proposes costs of $24,000, 95% of which directly
involve human rights and educational activities in Guatemala.
About half of the expenditures have already
occurred. What still remains? Most of the support is still ahead for
our new human rights accompanier, who arrived in Guatemala in late
October. Scholarships for middle
school and high school students from the village of Santa Elena must be
provided in January 2012, when the new Guatemalan school year begins. Salary aid to primary school teachers
in Santa Elena and middle school teachers in CopalAA continues for the rest of
the fiscal year and beyond.
SEPA's projected income for
the current fiscal year is $25,000.
We have met our goal for Farmers Market income. We are close to our goal for income
from the sales of textiles and calendars.
Thus far we have earned 75% of the estimated yearly income from our bed
and breakfast program.
50% of the
donation income needed has thus far been received. With your help, we look forward to exceeding our donation
Please give generously.
Your donation is fully tax
deductible. SEPA is now a
registered non-profit, 501c3 organization.
Arte Maya Calendars
Still time to
purchase A GREAT GIFT
Each calendar costs
Contact Barbara or Bill
Fuchsman to purchase
With your calendar purchase,
* International solidarity work by NISGUA and SEPA
artists who paint the pictures.
workers who print the calendars.
Success at the
2011 Farmers Market
A major source of funds for SEPA's charitable activities in Guatemala
is its participation in the Oberlin Farmers Market, an outdoor market operating
on Saturday mornings May - October.
In the 2011 market season SEPA met its market 2011/12 fiscal year goal
SEPA's Farmers Market presence is truly a community effort. We regularly sell John Gates' bread, cookies
and basil, Mary Anne Cunningham's cookies, fruit and vegetables grown by Bushel
Bob (aka Robert Williams), fruit purchased from Rex Gees Orchards, hot coffee
prepared by Judy Kruger, and other garden products and pastries donated by
members and friends of SEPA. We
also sell textiles from Guatemala (mostly from the village of CopalAA), Judy
Riggles' quilts, and Arte Maya calendars purchased from NISGUA.
John Gates, Bill Fuchsman, and Barbara Fuchsman
handle the logistics of setting up and taking down the SEPA market booth, and
Megan Schief coordinates the staffing of the booth. The 2011 booth staff included John Gates, Bill Fuchsman,
Barbara Fuchsman, Megan Schief, Marty Buck, Elizabeth Aldrich, Judy Kruger, and
SEPA has been part of every market season since
1999, and is the second longest participating vendor in the market. SEPA's purpose in the Farmers Market is
not only to raise money. The
market booth is also an excellent way to make new friends and to spread the
word about SEPA's work in Guatemala.