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Letter from Chichicastenango Guatemala- Rebuilding after the storm

It has now been over a month since Hurricane Agatha touched down in Guatemala.  We have been organizing efforts to send clothes and funds to our friends who we have been doing a documentary with for the past 2.5 years.  They recently wrote us a letter updating us on the progress that is going on.  Many of the Mayan communities were affected by the storm, and have been having difficulties finding basic necessities like food and clean drinking water.  We are including direct place you can send your donations to help support the communities and our friends down in Guatemala who were affected.  We have been working with various Mayan communities throughout Guatemala, and our friends from Chichi have reached out to us to ask you for your kind support.  Anything you can give, please see the letter and info below.  Thank you so much.

Article by: Cassidy Rast

Letter from Juan Leon Cortez below

Thank you friend...we enormously thank you for the help you have provided. The people of the Maya Kiche en chichicastenango are now making huge efforts to move forward. We now have our legal status (legal representation and state tax number) as an association for the benefit of our comunity.  This is a dificult time for all of the areas of Guatemala. We have put much energy into our community of Chichi...unfortunately, there are places that were totally destroyed by the huricane, we include more photos in this email. Also, we want to manifest support for our relatives who suffered great losses and severe consequences.  Regretably, the most humble familes, whom live in adobe houses suffered the greatest.

Juan, Miguel and Mario

Respresentatives of the asociation of Mayan art and culture ITZAT

If you are interested in helping please e-mail outsidetheboxmediaarts@gmail.com and we will send you more information.  Thank you so much.

Outside the Box Media Arts


Help our friends in Guatemala who have been affected by Hurricane Agatha

Written: By Cassidy Rast

Photos By: Juan Cortez- Chichicastenango  

Date: June 2, 2010

Photos below are from Chicicastenango a few days after Hurricane Agatha touched down in Guatemala, followed by the eruption of Volcan Pacaya in Antigua.  Our friends from Chichicastenango have asked us to help them during this time in need.  They are Quiche Maya and are artists who we have been working with for the past couple years filming a documentary on Mayan wisdom.  Each and every person we have worked with over the past few years down in Guatemala have touched our hearts. 

Since most of you who are reading this have not met them, I am going to post photos of them below so you can see who they are.  They are truly amazing and beautiful people that have given their community of Chichicastenango a wonderful gift of their artistry and heart.  They keep the heritage of their Mayan roots alive through their beautiful art work. If you can give anything to help them we would be so greatful.  We have had the priviledge of getting to know so many beautiful people in Guatemala, and many people were affected, especially those of the Mayan communites.  There are so many things occuring on our planet as we speak, it seems like everywhere we turn there is new movement of our planet, and something new to focus on. 

I just ask that you take a few moments to focus on this and to give whatever you can.  If you e-mail us at outsidetheboxmediaarts@gmail.com we will give you more information as to where you can safely and securely send funds directly to Chichicastenango.  We are waiting to hear back from other regions of Guatemala and from the elders whom we work with, to see where we can send other relief to.  Please subscribe to this post to recieve updates as we learn more.  Thank you so much.  

Recent photos coming out of Chichicastenago just days after the Hurricane

 Juan y Miguel y Mario- Our friends from Chichicastenango who are Quiche Maya

Photos above by Cassidy Rast