Celebrating Our Tenth Anniversary!

Thanks to all who attended our tenth-anniversary celebration at Seattle’s First Baptist Church! Due to

your amazing solidarity, we raised over $7,000 in donations for vital programs such as scholarships, job

training, water conservation, solar energy, reforestation, and the New Historical Memory Center. Thanks

also to First Baptist Church, our wonderful musical guests, Correo Aéreo and Los Flacos, and the many

artists who supported our event, including Imaculada Cruz and Victor Fuentes.

We are honored to partner with our supporters and the amazing ex-refugee, social justice-based

community of Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn) Guatemala. The community has persevered in the face of

violence and intimidation by the government of Guatemala, funded and backed by the US government,

and created a peaceful, well-functioning, and democratically run community. Due to their tremendous

ethos of mutual aid and grass roots organization, combined with our solidarity, most people in Nuevo

Amanecer stay in the community and work together for a better future.

We invite you to check out some of the photos of our difficult and joyous work together during the past ten years. To learn more, get involved, or donate, click here.

Thanks so much to all of you for your tremendous support. It means everything to the brave, resilient people of Nuevo Amanecer.

Diego Lopez, Taco Arreaga, and former Alcalde Horoldo surveying a refurbished well. Our first major water project!
Scholarship recipients and their mothers after receiving their financial aid.
Scholarship recipient Gloria Velázquez. She now works as a nurse in the local town and helps her husband run his restaurant. We are so proud of her!
Obduliah blessing the newly acquired water source.
All the jóvenes excited to start their training, funded by New Dawn.
Don Pedro Cifuentes. A respected leader of New Dawn, and a survivor of the civil war. A pillar of strength and wisdom in the community.
Gently nursing a newly planted sapling as part of the reforestation effort. Invasive rubber trees planted in the past are removed and replaced with native foliage.
Professor of landscape architecture Daniel Winterbottom meeting with the community and a team of indigenous water engineers to discuss prospective development.
Founder and president Joe Szwaja with Paula Corsini at her restaurant, the Olive and Grape. For years she has freely given us her space to host fundraising events.
Gathering of the community at the water source, acquired with help from people like you. This source will ensure access to clean water to everyone in New Dawn for several decades.
Children gathering at the water source.

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