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Education in action inspires members

Education in Action (EIA) has inspired many PSAC members to get involved in meaningful solidarity with Guatemala. Since the project was founded in 2006 by Roberto Miranda, former member of the PSAC, twenty-seven members have participated in the program to build homes for impoverished families in the rural areas of the Guatemalan highlands. Until now, 82 homes, 3 community centres and 3 schools have been built. Through EIA, members have an opportunity to work side-by-side with Indigenous families who are members of a Guatemalan farmers’ cooperative, the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), a grassroots organization working with Mayan farmers to improve their livelihoods.Picture 1The CCDA has been defending the economic, social and cultural rights of the Mayan people since 1982, struggling for equitable land distribution, carrying out sustainable agricultural development, and encouraging the economic empowerment of women. CCDA also produces the organic and fairly traded coffee, Café Justicia, sold by volunteers across Canada. Café Justicia is made available to members through the Social Justice Fund office in Ottawa. All proceeds are designated for the housing program, paying the salary of a full-time school teacher, improving access to potable water and food sovereignty for the population.Over the last few years, many rural families in Guatemala have faced a food crisis due to a serious drought and an aggressive blight that has destroyed the coffee harvest throughout Central America. Small producers have recorded major losses and many jobs have been lost.In March 2014, 6 members of the PSAC: Sister Jennifer Botincan, UNDE local 50705; Isaac Armstrong, UCTE member (recently transferred from UNE); Matt Arsenault, President CEIU Local 631; Gabriel Bourdon, UTE Local 70030; Steve Geick, President of the Yukon Employees Union and Zaclina Mazur, Agriculture Local 0014 participated in the delegation to Guatemala organized by the SJF and Education in Action. 

Last Updated on: August 31, 2016