SPRING 2021 • V OLUME 102, NUMBER 1
Published by the American Friends
WHO WE ARE
The American Friends Service
Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker
organization that promotes lasting
peace with justice as a practical
expression of faith in action.
Drawing on continuing spiritual
insights and working with people
of many backgrounds, we nurture
the seeds of change and respect
for human life that transform social
relations and systems.
Communities rebuild after
hurricanes in Guatemala.
Photo: Luis Ochoa/Awal
8 Protecting civil liberties during
COVID-19 and beyond
AFSC’s Under the Mask project
offers civil society organizations,
peacebuilders, and others tools for
resisting authoritarian policies.
11 Demilitarizing our federal budget
It’s time for Congress to stop funding
weapons and war—and invest in our
13 Rebuilding lives and livelihoods
after hurricanes in Guatemala
Thanks to your support, AFSC
provided emergency food and other
necessities to hundreds of people in
Guatemala—and is now helping them
rebuild for the long term.
3 Letter from our general secretary
4 Alumni news & notes
5 News from around AFSC
7 Q+A: Aura Kanegis, director of
public policy and advocacy
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Photo:Abdel Kareem Al Reefi
Support steadfast work for peace
When you support AFSC, you join a global community of people who believe we
can build a world with lasting peace and justice.
Every day, our programs work to end inequity, oppression, and violence.
Gifts to AFSC help us respond to immediate needs in communities we serve—and
keep working for transformative change to create a peaceful future for us all.
To donate today, visit afsc.org/QAspring21,
or contact our Donor Services team at 888-588-2372.
LETTER FROM OUR GENERAL SECRETARY
Now is the time
to dream boldly
BY JOYCE AJLOUNY
AFSC staff and volunteers
provide food and other
essentials to community
members in Florida.
Photo: Adam Barkan
It’s been hard for a lot of us to keep track of time over
the past year. Sometimes things that happened yesterday
can feel like they happened a week ago.
But I do know one thing about the time we’re in
today: This is the time to be bold and to hope loudly.
It is a time to invest in things that bring life and
joy and promote the health and well-being of all—
instead of in systems that oppress, kill, and keep us
from creating the world we all deserve. This is a time
to recognize the many ways our safety depends on
caring for each other—not on weapons, prisons, or
hoarding resources from those who need them.
All around the world, I see my AFSC colleagues
and partners being as bold and hopeful as ever, amid
these most difficult times.
It is a privilege to work with people courageously
calling for COVID-19 vaccines to be free and
available to all, since we cannot overcome the
pandemic until all people in the U.S., Palestine,
Africa, and all corners of the world can access
vaccines and health care. We are also pushing back on
restrictions on civil liberties through our Under the
Mask project, by helping activists and organizations
hold governments accountable for exploiting this
crisis to enact authoritarian measures. And, in the
U.S., we are mobilizing with communities to demand
a moral federal budget—one that strengthens
our communities and meets real needs instead of
enriching defense contractors.
Thank you for your support of AFSC. Thank you
for sharing our dreams for a world free of violence,
oppression, and inequality, where all people can
thrive. By joining your voice with ours, we are working
together to bring these bold
hopes to fruition in communities
I hope you enjoy this issue of
Quaker Action, which shares examples
of this work and much more.
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Tarana Burke worked for AFSC as a grant writer but is best
known as the founder of the #MeToo movement. She recently
signed a deal with CBS studios to help produce documentaries
that tell the stories of people who have long been underrepresented.
After the end of the Vietnam War, Jacqui Chagnon worked in
Laos with AFSC as part of the organization’s effort to educate
Americans about the devastation of U.S. cluster munitions.
Today she sits on the board of the War Legacies Project,
which documents the long-term effects of Agent Orange and
provides humanitarian aid to its victims—work that was recently
profiled in The New York Times magazine.
This spring, longtime human rights activist and organizer
Masaru Edmund Nakawatase (pictured below) will serve
as a Friend in Residence at Haverford College. For over
30 years, Ed was the national representative for Native American
Affairs for AFSC. The Friend in Residence program brings
experienced Quakers to campus for extended interactions with
students, staff faculty, and the community to stimulate reflection
on the connections between academic pursuits and "letting
one's life speak."
María Jiménez (below left) directed AFSC’s Immigration Law
Enforcement Monitoring Project from 1987 until 2003 and
dedicated her life to advocating for immigrant rights. She died in
December in Houston.
Photo: James Wasserman
Last year, Christian Ramirez, who served as national coordinator
for AFSC’s immigrant rights programs, started a mutual aid
stand in his front yard to distribute produce from his garden.
Now, with the help of volunteers, the “Table of Hope and Justice”
operates seven days a week and provides produce, canned goods,
and personal protective equipment to about 300 families a week.
Olivia Zink worked for AFSC's Governing Under the Influence
project in New Hampshire and served on the New Hampshire
Program Committee. Recently she was appointed as
interim mayor for the city of Franklin, New Hampshire.
Photo: AFSC archives
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News from around AFSC
Advocating for vaccines
In this pandemic, we’ve seen how people
of color in the U.S. and marginalized people
around the world have received fewer
protections and less medical care. But
making vaccines available to all people—
wherever they live—is vital to ending this
Formerly incarcerated people, loved ones, and other advocates call for the closure of Edna
Mahan prison. Photo: Bonnie Kerness/AFSC
Speaking out against prison abuses
In January, women incarcerated at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in New
Jersey came forward to speak out against brutal beatings by officers.
They shared their stories in letters to Bonnie Kerness, who directs AFSC’s
Prison Watch Program in New Jersey. Bonnie has monitored and worked to end
human rights abuses in prisons for decades, working with a team of volunteers to
answer thousands of letters each year. She helped the women bring their stories
to light by sharing their letters with the governor, legislators, advocates, and the
"Torture in New Jersey prisons and jails has escalated, cruelty happens with
impunity, and it appears that no one is accountable,” Bonnie says. “We must
change the culture that not only permits such abuse but accepts it.”
The reports of these beatings came less than a year after the U.S. Department of
Justice issued a scathing report on sexual abuse by officers at the same facility
and criticized the prison system's response.
The bravery of the women in reporting the abuse is making a big impact.
Since the women spoke out, more than 30 staff have been placed on leave, and
the governor launched an independent investigation. Several lawmakers are
calling for the resignation of the state’s top corrections official and other steps to
protect women at the prison.
AFSC has stood with communities worldwide
in demanding vaccines for all:
• In the U.S., thousands of people took
action with AFSC to urge governors and
other public officials to prioritize
incarcerated people for vaccinations as
the virus surged in prisons, jails, and
• While Israel has been praised for quickly
inoculating Israeli citizens, it has left out
millions of Palestinians living under
Israeli control. AFSC supporters have
spoken out, urging Congress to demand
vaccinations for Palestinians in Gaza
and the West Bank.
• When President Biden took office, we
joined with leaders from faith-based
groups, public health, and other sectors
to urge him to commit to a “people’s
vaccine” to provide protection as a
global public good, free and fairly
available to all, in coordination with the
Advocacy Network for Africa’s COVID-19
We hope you join us in advocating for a
global response to the pandemic that
recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of
every person—and the ways in which our
future depends on caring for one another.
Photo: Jon Krieg /AFSC
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IN THE NEWS
AFSC in the media
Staff from around the country are working
hard to make change on the ground—and
in the news. Here are some of the highlights:
On the Biden administration
“As a Quaker, I believe deeply that there
is a divine light in every person. As an
American Palestinian woman, I believe
that we must engage in a lifelong struggle
to overcome injustice. I believe that a
just and lasting peace, one that brings
freedom and security to Palestinians and
Israelis alike, is possible.”
Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/No Way to Treat a Child
Ending the military detention of
Since 2000, more than 10,000 Palestinian children in the West Bank have been arrested
and held in Israeli military detention. Palestinian children are denied basic
rights in a way that is “widespread, systematic, and institutionalized,” says UNICEF.
They have no right to legal counsel during interrogation and can be held for months
without being charged with a crime. And they often give confessions after verbal or
physical abuse that can amount to torture.
For the past six years, AFSC has partnered with Defense for Children International-
Palestine to expose this abuse. The effort is part of our ongoing work to end the Israeli
occupation of the Palestinian territory.
Our No Way to Treat a Child campaign calls on Congress to use their funding
and influence to end Palestinian child detention. That means prohibiting U.S. tax
dollars from funding the military detention or abuse of children. Over the past year,
our campaign has mobilized 16,000 people to contact representatives, take part in
online advocacy training, and engage their congregations.
And we’re making progress. Every year since 2017, members of Congress have
introduced legislation to hold Israel accountable for human rights violations against
Palestinian children. While the legislation has yet to pass, congressional support has
We’re determined to keep this issue front and center with Congress for as long
as Palestinian children are being detained, and we hope you’ll help us. For resources
to take action, visit nowaytotreatachild.org.
—Jennifer Bing, Palestine Activism Program
—Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary,
On economic activism
“[AFSC] likely recognized this problem
too when they created Investigate ...
Currently, the tool lists 9,225 publicly
available funds and ranks them by what
AFSC has determined to be exposure
to the prison industry, as well as
border militarization and unjust land
With more accessible transparency ...
investors may find it easier to make
socially responsible investment
decisions for their portfolios.”
On AFSC's "White Flag" COVID-19
“As we approach a time in Georgia
where almost everybody knows somebody
who has passed, the emotional
impact is heavy. We’re trying to create
a real visual demonstration of the
human and economic impact of the
pandemic, but also to create a mourning
experience, a public mourning
space that is safe and outdoors.”
—Tim Franzen, Georgia Program director,
Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Photo: Don Davis/AFSC
Director of public policy and advocacy, Washington D.C.
Photo: Don Davis/AFSC
Q: What is AFSC’s approach to advocacy
for policy change?
A: AFSC brings our experience working
with communities worldwide to policymakers,
amplifying the voices of those
often left out of decisions on issues impacting
their lives. We must make sure
policies aren’t just shaped by consultants
and pundits in Washington, but by people
whose lives, well-being, and tax dollars are
As a Quaker, I grew up on my grandfather’s
stories about integrating lunch
counters before the civil rights movement
became widespread, and about earlier
Quakers like John Woolman who were
part of the century of organizing that
went into the movement to abolish slavery.
AFSC’s approach deeply embodies these
Quaker values—working not toward what
is possible now, but toward what must be
made possible to bring forth a more just
and compassionate world.
We don’t shy away from bold positions,
rooted in these values and the realities
of impacted communities rather than
political expedience. In talking about
immigration, for example, we challenge
others to move beyond talking points
about “hard-working” immigrants and to
resist the temptation to only advocate for
certain groups to the exclusion of others,
particularly those who’ve been involved in
the criminal legal system. Those messages
may test well with focus groups, but in the
long run they undermine the principle
that all people have human rights and deserve
Q: With the start of a new presidential administration
and Congress, what do you see as opportunities
in advocating for social change?
A: We see important initial steps from the
Biden administration and the new Congress.
But one thing that many advocates
learned the hard way during the Obama
administration is that we can’t relax just
because officials have been elected whose
positions better align with ours. It takes
ongoing advocacy and organizing to create
conditions for policymakers to follow
through on their campaign promises.
There is a huge space between what
a majority of people in the U.S. want and
what may be politically feasible this year.
It will be hard to move senators worried
about being challenged in a primary. But
though some in Congress are more responsive
to far-right media than to their
constituents, I still see ways that human
connections and personal stories can motivate
politicians to take bold action.
Q: What are some of the policy issues AFSC
is prioritizing now?
A: AFSC has long advocated for cutting
military spending and investing in human
well-being. Now is a crucial time to bring
that call to the forefront. When so many
face economic hardship, when a pandemic
and disasters fueled by climate change
have made clear that the greatest threats
to humanity worldwide cannot be met
with military might, how can we spend
most of our discretionary budget on the
military? Congress must shift federal budget
priorities toward human needs and
engage peacefully with the global community
toward shared well-being.
We also need Congress to address
this economic crisis with structural reforms
that build long-term human security
globally. We’re expanding our call
for immigration policies that respect the
rights and dignity of all, including creating
a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented
people in the U.S. And we must
act to protect voting rights, ensuring the
voices of long-marginalized communities
are counted as we work for change.
Q: What can people do to advocate on the
issues they care about?
A: We want people to keep up their work
as citizen activists. Exercise your sense of
ownership over your elected officials—they
are accountable to you. Even if they’re not
aligned with you, their job is to represent
you, and they need to be reminded of that by
your presence in their offices, inboxes, and
The ways that the arc of history has bent
toward justice are the result of millions of
people standing up again and again in the
name of what is right. Their courage is the
force that opens the way for new possibilities.
When I step back from the daily frustrations
of this work, I see that breathtakingly
huge changes have taken place just over
the course of my quarter-century career. It
makes me hopeful for what we can make
possible when we keep showing up to make
the case for the world we need, even when it
seems out of reach.
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AFSC’s Under the Mask project offers
civil society organizations, peacebuilders, and
others tools for resisting authoritarian policies.
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The pandemic has prompted governments around
the world to enact measures to contain the virus.
But some have also used COVID-19 as an
opening to expand surveillance of everyday citizens and
restrict free speech and other civil liberties.
“There is no doubt it was critical for governments to act swiftly to
respond to the public health crisis,” says Kerri Kennedy, associate
general secretary of international programs. “At the same time, it
immediately became clear to AFSC and our partners around the
world that we needed to monitor and resist the misuse of measures
that restrict civic space and nonviolent action—authoritarian
measures that had the potential to far outlast the pandemic.”
AFSC launched the Under the Mask project to track governmental
abuses of power in the context of the pandemic. In the
summer of 2020, as international travel came to a standstill, AFSC
brought together activists and civil society organizations from 32
countries for online discussions about their experiences and ways
to counter oppressive state measures.
“Governments using crises
to pass harmful policies
is not new, but COVID-19
has given them the
opportunity to do it
with little international
ability for communities
—SAHAR VARDI, ISRAEL PROGRAM
In addition to suppressing
and other civil liberties,
some governments have
used aggressive tactics
to deny the rights of minorities,
brutality to the demolition
of homes and marketplaces.
used “shock and awe”
tactics and smear campaigns
to stoke fears
and divisions, stop elections,
and silence dissenting voices. Such measures accelerate a global
shift toward authoritarianism over the past decade that has led to the
shrinking of civic space.
“Governments using crises to pass harmful policies is not
new, but COVID-19 has given them the opportunity to do it with
little international attention—and reduced ability for communities
to mobilize,” says Sahar Vardi, Israel Program coordinator.
AFSC’s Under the Mask project is providing civil society organizations,
peacebuilders, the media, and others with tools, trainings,
and other resources to monitor government abuses—and push
back against dangerous policies that infringe on human rights
and civil liberties.
Government restrictions around the world
There are many examples of government responses to COVID-19
that have had little do with protecting public health—and, in
some cases, further endangered residents.
In Kenya, police have used heavy-handed enforcement to enforce
lockdowns. In March 2020, dozens of people were injured by
police as they scrambled to get home from work before curfew in
the coastal city of Mombasa. Africa Regional Director Kennedy
Akolo says: “We saw the police using very big sticks to beat up
people who were trying to cross by ferry, when not everybody can
get on the ferry at the same time. Some people were beaten up or
rounded up. There was excessive violence and total mistreatment
where people were beaten for absolutely nothing.”
Tear gas and arrests as Kenyans protest police brutality in Nairobi, Kenya, July 2020
Photo: Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images
In the United States, the Trump administration had long
worked to reduce migration and dismantle the U.S. asylum system.
At the start of the pandemic, the administration closed the
southern border to asylum seekers—violating both U.S. and international
law as well as contradicting the advice of public health
experts who found the draconian decision had no public health
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The order resulted in rapid-fire deportations of tens of thousands
of migrants—including children—at the border, stranding
many in unsanitary conditions without access to support services.
As of this writing, the border remained closed to most asylum
seekers under the Biden administration—just one example of how
measures implemented during crises can be difficult to reverse.
In Israel, one of the first countries to impose a nationwide
lockdown, the government imposed extreme restrictions on the
right to protest in Jerusalem—amid growing demonstrations demanding
an end to the current administration. The government
also expanded surveillance technology using cell phone data—ostensibly
to track people suspected or confirmed to have the virus
but raising privacy concerns among activists.
“It was alarming to see how quickly Israeli security services
were able to put something like that in place,” Sahar says. “And
the moment those technologies are in place, they're normalized.
The moment security services become used to the fact they can
have access to all this information, they're not going to let go of
The past year has shown the many ways that governments
can exploit crises to enact policies that would be unacceptable in
normal times. But it has also shown us countless examples of individuals,
communities, and civil society organizations that have
courageously stood up
to resist authoritarianism—and
rights and civil
liberties for all.
Our Under the Mask
project is one contribution
to that courageous
resistance. In the coming
year, AFSC will host
more opportunities for
U.S.-Mexico border. Photo: AFSC San Diego
activists and civil society organizations to come together and support
each other’s efforts.
“We know that a free civil society is an essential element of a
healthy society,” Kerri says. “Those in positions of power have an
important role to play in the current crisis. And civil society has a
critical voice, as well. It’s imperative for all people to work together
to grow justice and equality, while protecting public health.”
in front of
Visit our site for:
• Reports and resources on government
restrictions during COVID-19
• Our limited series “Under the Mask” podcast
• Upcoming trainings and webinars
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Tori Bateman, AFSC policy
coordinator, at a protest
in Washington, D.C. Photo:
It’s time for Congress to stop
funding weapons and war—
and invest in our communities.
This year, the United States will spend more than $740 billion on
weapons and war. That price tag doesn’t even include other ways
our taxpayer dollars fund militarized responses in the U.S, like
immigration enforcement and mass incarceration.
These misguided budget priorities come at a huge cost, and
every day we see that cost firsthand. When our government
wastes our tax dollars on war and militarism instead of keeping
our communities healthy, we all suffer.
Take F-35 war planes. This year, our representatives in
Washington allocated enough money for 96 of them. That’s 17
more than the Pentagon had even asked for. And with each warplane
costing an estimated $100 million, the money spent on
just one aircraft could have instead paid for:
• Rent for an entire year for more than 73,000 people facing
• Annual food assistance for nearly 60,000 people.
• Face masks for 100 million people who didn’t have access to
That amount would also cover three years of operating expenses
for AFSC’s work in communities worldwide.
The start of a new presidential administration and a new
Congress is a critical opportunity for the U.S. to reverse this
gross misallocation of our resources—and pass a moral budget
to improve the health and well-being of all people. Across the
U.S. and around the world, AFSC is working closely with communities
and partners on a range of initiatives that demonstrate
the difference we can make when we invest in human needs
instead of militarism.
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Instead of funding war, immigration enforcement, and prisons, we could:
Keep people in their homes.
In Georgia, residents began to face evictions and foreclosures
when unemployment skyrocketed last year. We worked with local
partners to launch a statewide COVID-19 Housing Emergency
hotline, training 100 volunteers to help people negotiate arrangements
to stay in their homes. Our efforts will help protect tenants’
rights and make sure people have access to stable housing.
Help farmworkers stay safe and healthy.
Although farmworkers are designated “essential workers,” they are
often left behind when it comes to health protections and economic
relief. To help meet critical needs in this pandemic, AFSC distributed
food, personal protective equipment, and health information
to farmworkers in Homestead, Florida. We also partnered with the
state health department to bring mobile clinics to farmworker housing
villages to provide free COVID-19 testing—reaching more than
Improve access to safety net programs.
AFSC has worked for years to make critical benefits like SNAP
(food assistance), Medicaid, and unemployment insurance more
widely available. In West Virginia, we have successfully advocated
for the state to remove time limits, work requirements, and other
obstacles to assistance. As this public health crisis continues and
after it ends, we will keep working until each person in our country
can meet basic needs.
Keep families and communities together.
In immigration proceedings, there is no right to counsel—even
for people in detention. Since 1997, AFSC has provided free legal
representation to low-income immigrants detained and facing
deportation in New Jersey—helping to keep hundreds of families
together and protecting due process. As COVID-19 spread
through detention centers, our efforts became more urgent than
ever to secure the release of as many people as possible. While our
ultimate goal is to end detention, the impact of our legal work is
clear: We’ve demonstrated that detained immigrants represented
by an attorney are more likely to be released and win their case.
And we’ve used what we’ve learned to successfully advocate for
public funding for universal representation and improved detention
Create a pathway to citizenship for
all immigrants in the U.S.
There are an estimated 11 million undocumented people in the
U.S. who are vital parts of our communities—but are denied
the opportunity to obtain citizenship in the country they call
home. From California to Florida, AFSC has provided support to
immigrant-led organizing and advocacy to preserve Temporary
Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) programs—while calling for a pathway to citizenship
for all immigrants. We have helped immigrants and their loved
ones bring their stories to elected officials and the media and
engage others in demanding a lasting solution for all.
Support restorative justice initiatives to disrupt
the school-to-prison pipeline.
In St. Louis, Missouri, AFSC works with Northwest Academy high
school to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion—as part
of our work to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Since 2013,
we have helped students lead a peer mediation program, which
trains students to help their peers resolve conflicts peacefully. We
also provide support with other restorative practices that foster an
environment where students are empowered and cared for—and if
discipline is required, focuses on addressing harms and restoring
the student to the community, instead of removing them.
Strengthen communities working to build
conditions for peace around the world.
In Somalia, which has faced more than two decades of armed
conflict, young people must overcome enormous barriers to support
themselves and their families. Since 2015, AFSC has worked
with local partners in Somalia to teach young people vocational
skills—including carpentry, electrical work, and tailoring—as
well as conflict resolution. More than 1,400 people who graduated
from our program are now employed or self-employed, and many
more are prepared to join the workforce and use their knowledge
of peacebuilding and conflict resolution to act as agents of change
among their peers.
Your support for AFSC has helped us show how much is possible
with the right kind of investment, grounded in respect for human
rights and dignity. Thank you for supporting our work with
communities around the world.
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Irma Pá (left) was among the hundreds of people who
received food, water containers, and other vital aid after
the hurricanes. Photo: Luis Ochoa/Awal Photography
Rebuilding lives and livelihoods after
hurricanes in Guatemala
BY LUIS PAIZ BEKKER
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
In November of last year, thousands of
people lost their homes and crops to catastrophic
flooding when Hurricane Eta
struck Guatemala. Just two weeks later, a
second storm, Hurricane Iota, made landfall
in the same area—further devastating communities.
Among the hardest hit were Indigenous
communities in Alta Verapaz and
Quiché, regions in North and Northwest
Guatemala where AFSC has long-standing
partnerships, but where few other organizations
When we put out a call for donations, the
AFSC community responded generously,
raising more than $56,000 for emergency
relief efforts. These funds brought critical
support to our grassroots community partners,
whose efforts to recover were compounded
by the dangers posed by armed
groups in the area as well as COVID-19.
Irma Pá’s family was one 200 Q'eqchi
Indigenous families in Alta Verapaz to receive
food assistance. Her family was also
one of those who received a water container
as a result of our partnership with a community
group, the Committee of Peasant
Unity - CUC (Comité de Unidad Campesina).
The water containers helped ensure safe
drinking water in communities where water
catchment systems had been destroyed by
She told us, “I feel very happy because
of the water tank we received. Now we
can store water, and we can also wash our
clothes in our new sink. We also receive
food, which we are going to prepare to feed
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our children. We are very happy to receive
this support from AFSC.”
We were also able to provide Alta Verapaz
residents with temporary housing, hygiene,
kits, and materials to rebuild their homes.
In addition, we delivered pigs for breeding
and compost production and 40,000 seedlings—including
cabbage, onion, broccoli,
and celery—that will help families put food
on the table for years to come.
In the Ixil Indigenous of Quiché, another
200 families received support at a critical time.
In addition to providing food assistance, we
worked in close partnership with a community
group, the Ixil Youth Network Chemol
Txumb’al, to deliver water containers to guarantee
access to safe drinking water in four
We are deeply grateful to the AFSC
community for helping communities in
Guatemala not only meet their immediate
needs, but also rebuild for a safer, more sustainable
future. Without this kind of assistance,
many impacted by the storms would
have been forced to migrate. As Guatemala
recovers, we hope our efforts will help make
it possible and sustainable for community
members who wish to do so to remain in their
communities. And that we can keep up our
work together toward a more just, peaceful
future where everyone has the resources they
need to thrive.
With the support of the AFSC community, we provided food staples, hygiene kits, building materials,
and other critical assistance in Guatemala. Photos: Luis Ochoa/Awal Photography
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A look at AFSC around the world
In Burundi, AFSC and Global Peace Chain organized a conference of
intergenerational dialogue for peace and sustainable development.
Photo: GPC Partner
Left to right, top to bottom:
1. "White Flag" COVID-19 memorial;
2. Relief efforts in Beirut, Lebanon
3. Housing Justice League;
4. Black Lives Matter protest;
Des Moines, Iowa
5. Protest against prison abuse;
Clinton, New Jersey
6. COVID-19 outreach;
Florida City, Florida
7. Livelihoods training;
8. Boycott Pillsbury campaign;
9. Posada Sin Fronteras;
San Ysidro, California
10. Free Them All action;
11. Free Them All action;
Manchester, New Hampshire
12. Hurricane relief;
San Pascual, Guatemala
Photos: Tim Franzen/AFSC; Ralph Azar; Tim Franzen/AFSC; Jon Krieg; Bonnie Kerness/AFSC; Adam Barkan; Jaraad
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