Friday, February 20, 2009


There are hundreds of nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, civil society and projects based in Chiapas or directed toward people, communities and causes of Chiapas.

The following organizations, institutions and projects are a sample of the collaborations and contacts we have sustained in along the years:

ARIC Independiente-Asociacion Rural de Interes Colectivo

Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

Café Campesino

Café Rebelión

Campesinos Ecologicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH)

Casa Bonampak

Centro de Estudios para el Cambio en el Campo Mexicano (CECCAM)

Centro de Investigacion Economicas y Politicas de Accion Comunitaria (CIEPAC)

Centro de Medios Independientes (IndyMedia Center-Chiapas )

Centro Indigena de Capacitacion Integral or the Center for Indigenous Training (CIDECI)

Chiapas Media Project

Desarrollo Economico Social de los Mexicanos Indigenas (DESMI, A.C.)

El Colegia De La Frontera Sur (ECOSUR)

Enlace Civil A. C.

FairTrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO)

Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy

Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center (FrayBa)

Global Exchange

Grameen Foundation USA

Higher Grounds Trading Company

ICA Japan: The Institute of Cultural Affairs: Japan Global Partnership Center

Instituto para el Desarrollo Sustentable en Mesoamérica (IDESMAC)

JEM: Jubilee Economics Ministries

Jolom Mayaetik


K'inal Antzetik, A.C. (Land of Women)

La Red de Defensores Comunitarios por los Derechos Humanos

Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, A.C.

Mani Tese ‘76

Maya Vinic Union de Productores

Melel Xojobal

Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN)

Nichim Jolovil, A.C.

ODI – Overseas Development Institute

Organic Consumers Association

Pronatura Chiapas

SEDESO – Secretaria de Desarrollo Sociales - Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas

Sexto Sol Center for Community Action

SIPAZ, International Service for Peace

Sociedad Cooperative de Produccion “Tzeltal-Tzotzil” S.C.L.

The Organization of Indigenous Physicians of the State of Chiapas (OMIECH)

Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas (UNACH)

Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas (UNICH)

Universidad Nacional Autonoma Metropolitana – Programa de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias Sobre Mesoamerica y el Sureste (PROIMMSE-UNAM)


Marina Patricia, our DePaul Chiapas Program coordinator invites participants not be indifferent to the personal testimonies, courageous examples of people's resistance and to the many layers of personal and collective suffering of the indigenous people of Chiapas. She says: "look around you, observe, smell, understand through your readings and by listening to our speakers... but also reflect on your own and open your heart!"

The SustainAbleChiapas is a unique program and opportunity to open our eyes to the lives and stories of marginalized people of Chiapas. It is the occasion to understand that there is something intrinsically wrong, unjust and unsustainable in an economic systems that seeks exploitation of the poor and of mother earth just to maximize the profit of a few. Chiapas opens your eyes, mind and heart. For many students that went through this program, Chiapas has represented the opportunity to open their hands in solidarity.

SustainAbleChiapas alumni have organized fundraisers for promoting indigenous schools, fair trade cooperatives and civil society organizations in resistance. They have gone through Chiapas, some have come back or stayed, but all they have embedded the many lessons of Chiapas in their personal values and professional leadership. In the name of our sisters of brothers of Chiapas, thank you for keeping your eyes, mind, hearts and hands open to the many Chiapas of the world. Kolabalik!