October 2011

¡Que Sepan!

Newsletter of the Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment (SEPA)

SEPA is pleased to announce here in our first online newsletter that we made a giant leap forward this past February:

* Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment aka SEPA, is now registered in the State of Ohio as a tax exempt organization. For this process we formulated bylaws and submitted extensive information proving that all the necessary requirements for the 501C3 status were met, and we came through with flying colors.

* Our new website www.obsepa.org is now active.

* We are updating contact information so that we can be in much closer contact with you, our valued supporters.

Special Thanks to:

* Judy Kruger, John Gates, David Ashenhurst, Don Illig, and Bill Fuchsman for gathering and submitting the documentation for tax exempt status.

* Marty Buck, our generous past webmaster who now passes his responsibility to our new web mistress, Sue Simonson. In addition, Sue has volunteered to edit our newsletters.

* Judy Riggle, previous keeper of the contact list and coordinator of mailing, and to Mary Ann Trost who typed up and moved the contact list to Google docs, thus giving more persons the ability to keep this list current. We hope that these changes will enable us to keep you abreast of the way SEPA is affecting the lives of the Guatemalan communities that we all collectively support. It is our plan to send regular e-newsletters.

SEPA sponsors new accompanier!

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Calendar Sales

Cost: $14.95

Contact bafuchsman@oberlin.net or 440-774-1804 to purchase.

Also available at the Farmers Market.

Beauty for justice, art for peace!

Our bright and brilliant Arte Maya 2012 calendars allow you to support social change while enjoying original works of art by Guatemalan artist from the Lake Atitlan area.


  • With your calendar purchase, you support the international solidarity work of NISGUA and SEPA
  • the Maya artists who paint the pictures
  • the union workers who print the calendars

Each calendar, printed in both English and Spanish features:

  • 12 paintings in the distinctive, colorful style developed by the indigenous artists near Lake Atitlan.
  • Biographies of each contributing artist and an explanation of each painting.
  • US and Guatemalan holidays
  • Maya logographs signifying each day's place on the Maya calendar.
  • A brief guide to the intricate system is included at the beginning of the calendar.