According to the Maya calendar, we have entered the Sixth Sun, El Sexto Sol, the time of Justice and of the Emancipation of indigenous peoples. Edward James Olmos has been a friend of the non-profit Sexto Sol Center since 1997. We are grateful to him for generously providing this opportunity to tell you about our work to contribute to the betterment of people's lives. Our heartfelt thanks to his fans whose contributions to Sexto Sol's projects in his honor makes our service to the people possible. (See special request from Edward James Olmos below.)

On a planet with such abundant life and resources, poverty should not exist. It is possible to create a sustainable world in which all people live with dignity and enjoy good health in harmony with nature. It's going to take commitment, creativity and a new vision. The revolution gains momentum every time you respond without hesitation to the urge to act from kindness.

:: WHAT WE DO ::
The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action serves impoverished communities in Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala where a change of perspective and technical assistance can help them create a better life. Since 1997 we have assisted people to: create success with their cooperative businesses, grow healthful food, improve neglected schools for their children, re-establish cultural pride, protect the watershed, create eco-villages and heal from the trauma of disaster and war. We lobby internationally for the respect of the human rights of indigenous peoples and environmental and economic justice. Through our volunteer and internship program we teach others to do this work where it is needed. We aim to inspire others to take action for the people and the planet. Sexto Sol works in one corner of the world to in a way we hope ripples out beyond.


Sustainable Livelihoods Program: In a region with few opportunities to earn a living, Sexto Sol helps grassroots organizations to sell their products internationally. We work with emerging cooperatives and associations since collective effort builds social support among members, forms leaders and encourages people taking ownership of the development of their community.
We help groups learn what they need to independently managing of their own business. Sexto Sol facilitates partnerships between the cooperative and companies interested in importing their products. For cooperatives of coffee growers this means helping them to export to buyers in the Specialty Coffee market who pay more for fair trade and organic coffee. (Help Sexto Sol by buying Higher Grounds Coffee, see bottom of this page.) Environmental Justice: Empowering indigenous people to defend their rights, the health of their communities and their territories. Recycling, Upcycling: Tons of plastic trash washes into the Canyon de Sumidero each year. Sexto Sol is working to give this refuse a second life by tranforming it into saleable household items that can be produced by people working from their homes. Eco-village/Permaculture: Building on the sucess of helping Nuevo Bullaj cooperative export their Fair Trade coffee, we are helping these repatriated refugees in Gautemala to create an Eco-hotel and guiding them to trasform their community into an eco-village. Helping people heal from the trauma of war and disaster: As a response to Hurricane Stan, Sexto Sol sponsored training for 50 local doctors and healers in a unique technique to heal Post Traumatic Stress for the large numbers of people affected by the tragedy. Mr. Olmos and his fans provided significant support to make this possible. This work is evolving as we continue to help people cope with traumatic life events. read more...

Improving the Quality of Education for Indigenous Children:. Education is an essential tool for constructing a way out of poverty. Ideally communities should be involved in assuring the quality of education for their children as part of the process of regaining self-determination. However, the schools serving indigenous children in the Sierra are terribly neglected and teachers must work with very inadequate facilities and materials. Sexto Sol works with parent organizations to improve the buildings and grounds and assists teachers to find ways to make the original culture and language more central to instruction. We provide books to build school libraries and encourage children to read both in Chiapas and Guatemala. By helping parents and teachers to improve the schools, the community is enriched by the pride that comes from giving their children a better education.


A Special Request for Help from Edward James Olmos:
The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action has informed me that they were very grateful for your significant support in 2008 for their relief efforts for survivors of Hurricane Stan in Chiapas, Mexico. The non-profit is now in its 12th year of helping people to address poverty in the remote mountain communities in the Sierra Madre. They do this by working with small-scale coffee growers and by teaching people to grow their own food with permaculture, among other strategies.
An important part of their work to confront poverty is to provide assistance to schools that serve indigenous children. These schools are unique because they are the only places where indigenous children can receive some teaching in their own language in a region where local cultures are under pressure. But as bilingual schools, they receive only a fraction of the funding that other schools do. The buildings are in terrible shape and teachers do not have adequate materials for teaching. Sexto Sol works with schools that don't have proper buildings including one that is located in the flood zone.
Sexto Sol organizes the parents and teachers to make improvements to the buildings and to create attractive play areas for the children. They provide the paint, landscaping materials and training needed to get the job done. They also provide a significant amount of books to schools for libraries to encourage children to read.
Francisco and Tamara, the field team of the Sexto Sol Center, ask for your collaboration to improve the education these children receive by making a contribution to this effort. For more information on the work of the Sexto Sol Center, please see They asked me to tell you that "Changing the world is a team effort". They'd appreciate having you as part of the team. I encourage you to consider making a contribution.
Thank you, Edward James Olmos

Since 2005 we have assisted the bilingual schools in the municipalities of Motozintla and El Porvenir in Chiapas and the community formed by repatriated refugees, Nuevo Bullaj in Guatemala. The Organización de Cultura Maya is a new coalition of indigenous educators and activists dedicated to bringing the Mam and Mocho languages into the schools in the attempt to rescue the languages that are in danger of disappearing. At their request Sexto Sol helps them to develop this important program. We also assist the community of Nuevo Bullaj to revive their culture for their children as a necessary step to recovering from life in exile when they fled the war. Sexto Sol helps parents and teachers to improve the schools so that children can truly learn while the community is enriched by the pride that comes from giving their children a better education.
These days Sexto Sol Center services are needed more than ever before. Help us keep our commitments to poor communities that want to improve their conditions. The Sexto Sol Center is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit. All contributions are tax deductible. There are many ways you can help. Please click here for Sexto Sol donations:
Through Sexto Sol projects we encourage people to use community action whereby community members work together to solve common problems and reach shared goals. For more information about Sexto Sol's projects, please click on the following

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