Grant Recipients 2013

Education Colectivo for Peace and Human Rights (CEPAZDH)

The grant to CEPAZDH will enable this new Amigos partner to address two serious problems in Chiapas: sexual abuse and child trafficking. CEPAZDH will create radio spots on the prevention of sexual abuse and a 10 minute video and radio spots on trafficking of young girls between the ages of 12 and 15. The organization will reach the general public through mass media and students and parents through the school system.


A new Amigos partner, Chantiik’s educational program involves youth who do not attend formal school and are in need of skills that will lead to a better future. The organization trains youth in jobs in the tourist industry, including cooking, baking and waiting tables in addition to skills in literacy and basic computer skills. The life skills workshops supported by the Amigos grant include segments related to teamwork, mutual respect and self esteem.


La Casa de las Flores

La Casa de las Flores serves the street children of San Cristóbal and the grant from Amigos will enable our partner to pay for a teacher. A safe place is provided where the children can eat, bathe and learn skills needed to better their lives. Children are valued, listened to and supported. Within colorful walls and with caring adults the children spend time being children and young adults in a respectful environment before they go back into another reality where their rights as human beings are not always honored.

Melel Xojobal

This organization has a strong track record working with disadvantaged indigenous children and adolescents in San Cristóbal. With Amigos’ support, education scholarships for indigenous children living in San Cristóbal are provided.

Melel also educates families on the importance of school for their children and helps them secure birth certificates required by schools for enrollment.

Banco de Alimentos de los Altos de Chiapas (Chiapas Highlands Food Bank)

The grant from Amigos pays the salary for a nutritionist who runs the training program for families who participate in the food bank program which addresses widespread malnutrition and reaches over 7,000 people. Included are workshops and food at significantly reduced prices. The program also includes home visits to measure progress in sanitary conditions and food storage, measures improvement in each family’s health and teaches families how to grow crops that will improve their nutrition.

Hogar Comunitario Yach’il Antzetic

This multi year Amigos partner supports women during their unplanned pregnancy and birth in order to increase their self respect and promotes the continuous development of skills in self-care, loving and responsible care of their child and conscious decision making skills. Sessions in sexual and reproductive health, prenatal care and sexual diseases are a part of the program. The grant from Amigos will enable 20 women to remain with Hogar during their pregnancy and the birth of their child.

Mujeres y Maiz (Women and Corn)

In late 2011 this respected organization opened its “La Milpa” community kitchen which benefits 30 women and l0 low income college students. The kitchen enables the women to learn skills in food preparation and hygiene and for how to run a small business while earning an income to support their families. The project also provides financial assistance to students who come to live in San Cristóbal for their studies, but are unable to afford nutritious meals.

12 Guayacanes del Sur

This community group on the southern border of Chiapas continues to expand its agricultural demonstration plot with animals and the growing of mushrooms and now has a kitchen for teaching the preparation of nutritious food.
The goal is to help communities in the region return to a sustainable way of life. The entire area faces problems related to health (particularly malnutrition), dependence on single-focus agriculture and inequality for women. The program directly benefits 40 indigenous Mam families by strengthening their knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture and economic self-sufficiency. Esteem.

Grant Recipients 2012
Grant Recipients 2011