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… Once change begins, it cannot be stopped. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore” -- Cesar Chavez
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Partners for Arlington and Guatemala (PAG) is a UUCA project that promotes human rights and education in Guatemala and supports local immigrants. We
Oct. 2016 UPDATE
These photos are of Faustine Sic Gomez, one of our scholarship recipients. She is standing in front of her home in Rabinal Guatemala with her mother and one of her three brothers. She is in her third year of high school. She wrote to UUCA: "I attend the Institute for Basic Education via Satellite in the village La Ceiba. I´m in the third year and my favorite subject is Spanish because I like reading books and analyzing them and someday I hope to be an elementary school teacher because I like to help children who need to learn to write. My favorite pastime is reading books and playing soccer because it's good for my health.”
Educating girls is a focus of the scholarship program that you support. If she were not in school, it is probable that Faustian would be married by now. twenty-nine Mayan students supported by UUCA have graduated from high school.
During 1960-96, Guatemala experienced an “internal conflict”: over 200,000 were killed or ‘disappeared’; 400 villages were razed; and one million people fled, some as far as Mexico. The U.N. Commission for Historical Clarification concluded that the acts of the State constituted genocide.
The peace process began in 1993. Refugees returned to search for graves of family members and hold accountable those responsible for the massacres. Because many were threatened or killed as they tried, they asked the international community for help.
Ten countries responded by placing volunteers, known as accompaniers, alongside leaders, communities and organizations to deter the threats. Since 2000, a U.S. grassroots organization, NISGUA, has trained accompaniers as part of this international network. As a partner with NISGUA since 2006, UUCA has sponsored 10 people to accompany those at risk for pursuing justice and for opposing transnational mining and hydroelectric projects that devastate land and water resources and displace thousands from their villages.
Accompaniment changes the dynamics surrounding human rights violations. Former UUCA accompanier Ali reflected: