April 2013 Newsletter

April Updates

The news from Guatemala is constantly changing.

On March 19, 2013, the Genocide trial began. Efraín Ríos Montt, along with his head of military intelligence, José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, are accused of ordering operations in the Ixil triangle responsible for the slaughter of 1,771 Guatemalans.

SEPA's website has a Google news feed that is constantly updating the latest news.

The following blogs are also very informative:

Guatemalan Human Rights Commission


And of course if you haven't read current accompanier Erik Woodward's latest letter....


Missed SEPA's

Annual Meeting?

Read Barbara Fuchsman's

review of a very successful year.

It is

Farmers Market Time!

The SEPA booth at the market makes over $6000 each year for SEPA projects.

The outdoor market begins

Saturday, May 4th.


We need your help!

Have a couple of hours to work at the market?

Email Mary Anne to schedule.

Have items to donate? Baked goods, garden plants, fresh produce?

Email Bill or John

Have time to trim and weed around fruit trees and later help with the harvest?

Email Bill or John

Meet Santiago

Santiago is a native of Santa Elena whose family fled Guatemala during the Civil War. SEPA supporters who have traveled to Guatemala over the years have followed Santiago as he finished high school, and attended San Carlos University.

Santiago's law degree took 13 years to complete as he had to stop his studies several times to work jobs in Cantabal near Santa Elena. Some SEPA supporters privately helped finance Santiago's last year of studies. He graduated in May 2011.

He now works for a law firm in Guatemala City dedicated to investigating the most heinous acts committed during the Civil War. His firm is actively involved in the trial currently underway.

SEPA sells coffee from the

CCDA cooperative in Solola, Guatemala.

12oz. of this medium roast coffee sells for $12.00

Available wherever you see the SEPA booth.

Coffee is supplied through JUST COFFEE of Madison, WI

Support SEPA

Your dollars are always needed so SEPA may continue supporting human rights accompaniers as well as education and community projects in the villages of

Santa Elena and Copal AA.

Online donations may be given throughJust Give or you may send a check in any amount to:


192 Forest St.

Oberlin, OH 44074

Winter Term Videos

Thanks to Barbara Sawhill there are videos of the Deer Dance, A Cooking Demonstration, and the Colors Song up on the SEPA website.

Check them out.