left: Maya youth at Xix dancing one of the traditional dances of the K'iche' and Ixil
right: Women in fields
Foundations for Education / Cimientos de Educación
has been working with Maya communities in Guatemala for 20 years, helping indigenes create schools such as IMOA Middle School-Xix, Quiche. Since 2001 the Foundation has been sponsoring Artesana Maya, a cooperative of Kaqchikel and K'iche' women from the village of Panimatzalam, Sololá. Book sales of Threads Breaking the Silence about their experiences in the civil war, illustrated in their embroidery and weaving, provide funds for the cooperative's cultural center.