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Oberlin Students in Solidarity with Guatemala (OSSGUA)
What is this?

After returning with the SEPA Winter Term delegation in 2014, two of the students resurrected this Oberlin College student organization. The founders, Ellie Flessner and Clara Lincoln, have been teaching an EXCO course at the college this semester.
The class is learning about returned refuge communities in Guatemala and how they fit into the larger history of the Guatemalan Civil War, imperialism in Latin America, and challenges facing indigenous communities of the Americas, with a secondary purpose of preparing students to go on the Winter Term trip in January. The course is studying teaching strategies and creating a plan for how to effectively teach English this coming Winter Term. 
Ten OC students, in addition to Ellie and Clara, have committed to traveling to Guatemala this Winter Term. You may help support with their expenses by donating on the YouCaring website.

Support a
non-profit at the Alternative
Gift Fair
(look for the SEPA booth)

December 1-5, 2014
Oberlin College Science Center Corridor
(Woodland St.
& State Rt 511)
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Oberlin Winter Market @ Eastwood School

A selection of handcrafted jewelry, textiles, bags, winter apparel, quilts, wallets, fair-trade coffee, pecans and more.

December 2014 Newsletter

Support SEPA at the Oberlin Winter Market.
Every Saturday 
from 10:30am-1:30pm

Scholarships for the New School Year

The village council of Santa Elena has requested $10,350 for 17 middle schoolers (11 male and 6 female @ $350 each) and 8 high schoolers (6 male and 2 female @ $550 each)

SEPA currently has several donors who are interested in providing funds for female students in hopes that more young women will be encouraged to attend both middle school and high school. If you are interested in your donation going to a female student, please indicate such on your donation check. 

SEPA is also committed to sponsoring at least 3 high school students from CopalAA. Because those students have to travel further and board in a larger city, their costs are slightly higher - $700/year. If sufficient donations are received, we would like to support more students from CopalAA.

Please donate by sending a personal check to:
192 Forest St.
Oberlin, OH  44074
or giving online through the Just Give website. 

SEPA is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. 


2015 Calendars
are Here

~12 stunning photographs from NISGUA's network 
~Scenes that reflect Guatemala's natural beauty, daily life, spirituality and NISGUA's work. 
~U.S. and Guatemalan holidays 
~Text in English and Spanish 

Calendars are only $12.00. Pick up yours at the SEPA booth at the Oberlin Winter Market or call Barbara or Bill @ 440-774-1804

Contact SEPA

Questions about any of SEPA's projects:


Email  John Gates

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Valentine's Day Guatemalan
Fund Raising 

February 14, 2015
First Church
(corner of Main and Lorain)

Individual ticket - $10
Family ticket - $25 (2 adults and 2 children under 12)

Tickets must be
purchased in advance
Call Lori @ 440-213-7991
Sue @ 440-774-8220
or buy at Ben Franklin store in Oberlin
(beginning mid January)

See if we can top the proceeds from last year's dessert auction!

THANKS to B&B Hosts and Guests

SEPA can never thank you enough for hosting and being guests of SEPA's B&B program.  

Our hosts have the opportunity to be ambassadors for SEPA and Oberlin and to meet folks from all over the world who come to Oberlin for college and town events.  

Our guests are made to feel at home in beautiful Oberlin.

Since February 2014 
you have helped raise almost $12,000 (50% above our yearly goal)

Interested in being a host? Contact Judy.

Being Welcoming in this
Tired Old World

Two things you might be interested in:

1. On the November 22nd episode of Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor gave his opinion of the immigration controversy by singing a beautiful song about compassion. 
Follow this link if you want to listen and click on Tired Old World.

2. View this PBS video about an immigration lawyer working  in Artesia, NM.

We at SEPA believe that there will be fewer immigration challenges if students receive a better education in their home countries. Please help us provide scholarships for Santa Elena and CopalAA students.