I rarely donate money to organizations; Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) is my exception. As a year-long accompanier in Guatemala, a Rivers for Life Delegate, and a supporter for the past five years, I've seen where the money goes. It is a joy to have a place I can donate to whole-heartedly, no hesitation. I invite you to join me.
In May, we can double our impact and raise $70,000 to sustain this organization that has been working to defend human rights in Guatemala and the U.S. for the past thirty-eight years. My goal is to raise $2,000, which will be doubled to $4,000 by a matching donor.
I'm still sorting through my experiences in Guatemala, which were sometimes difficult (which you can read about in my piece published with Utne, here). Then again, being back home has also been sometimes difficult (which you can read about in my piece about the simultaneous Kavanaugh hearings and Guatemala genocide trial, here.) But whenever I get an email or call from someone at NISGUA--asking me to help fundraise, for example--I feel not burdened, but relieved. Whatever existential crisis I'm having, NISGUA tethers me to what people I know and love are doing and what I can do with them.
NISGUA brings me back to Doña Maria, a genocide witness, roasting her coffee beans over an open flame (she had the best coffee); to the sound of horse hooves on cobble-stones that woke me up at three on my first morning in one highland village; or of a twenty-something year-old Victor, standing in the river where his great-great-grandparents fished, telling us why the young people are organizing to protect their water. I remember an elder saying that the big companies fight with their money for more money; "but we," he said, "we fight with our love for our land."
And it is with genuine love for people I worked with in Guatemala that I ask you to join me in donating, big or small, to help this glorious, grassroots, relationship-based solidarity organization to keep on keeping on.
Photo descriptions: 1. NISGUA's 2015 delegation to Guatemala standing at confluence of Chixoy and Copon Rivers (I'm in center with blue hat and white shirt). 2. Victor Caal Tzuy talking to delegation members on bank of river. 3. Home grown coffee beans roasting on open fire. 4. NISGUA's 2016 delegation: Environmental Indigenous Leadership Exchange.