Este Chep, Lead Cooperant and Interim Guatemala Coordinator, remains in Guatemala, and offers regular communication with, and ongoing support to, our partners. In early 2020, Este oriented three BTS cooperants to work with the New Hope Foundation and Rabinal Community Legal Clinic, and to accompany the Xinka Parliament. Sadly they had to return to Canada in mid-March. However both Este and Stacey are working closely with the Cooperant Program Committee to establish a Maritimes-based Cooperant Program, while still planning to offer a Guatemala Cooperant Program in the future. Este has facilitated regular Zoom meetings that enable our partners to share their challenges and responses with BTS members. Lisa Rankin, our Guatemala Coordinator, on leave since April, returns to work mid-November. She will stay in Canada, due to pandemic restrictions, but will continue to organize, support and advocate until she can return to Guatemala. BTS must of course pay her a Canada-based salary, rather than a Guatemala-based salary, where the cost of living is lower.
We deeply appreciate the BTS Staffing Fund organisational supporters – Just Us! Fair Trade Coffee, United Church of Canada, PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada), CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees.) However, in order to reach our 2020 Staffing Fund budget goal, we need $20,000 in individual donations, through one-time donations and monthly pledges. We ask you to consider starting or increasing a monthly pledge, by filling out the form below. Quite simply, we will not meet our goal without your support.
Your donation, however big or small, will help the BTS network to respond to urgent human rights and community development challenges alongside our Guatemalan partners. Your gift will help to ensure that our work – firmly grounded in principles of solidarity and social justice – will continue.
The BTS Fundraising Committee: Janelle Frail, Kathryn Anderson, Marie Claire Brisbois, Marla LeBlanc, Moira Peters, Tessa Wheaton
- Online donations can be made here. Please write: “BTS Staffing Campaign” in the comments section of the donation page. *Please note that the Tatamagouche Centre donation form now includes an option for monthly giving.
- Online through Canada Helps, making sure apply your donation to the “Breaking the Silence-Maritimes-Guatemala Solidarity Network fund.”