Dear friends, usually this blog is about the school in the community of El Triunfo in Guatemala. However I also sell coffee from a second group across Lake Atitlan from Solola near the town of San Lucas Toliman. The coffee is produced by members of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). The CCDA is an organization founded in 1982 and mandated to peacefully defend the rights of workers on large coffee, sugar and cotton plantations in Guatemala; recover lands stolen from the Mayan communities over the past century; promote organic and traditional Mayan agriculture, and protect the cultural rights of Guatemala’s Mayan majority.
Last week Tropical Storm Agatha swept across the highlands of Guatemala bringing an incredible amount of rain to the communities where CCDA-supported communities live and work. The damage was servere – thousands of people lost their homes in the flood waters which also swept away water lines, crops including coffee and corn and other infrastructure such as bridges and roads. Friends of the CCDA across the country are raising money to help them recover from this disaster. You can read here and here for more information on what the CCDA is doing and how to support them.