Please join the University of Arizona and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health as we proudly present DESGUA (Sustainable Development for Guatemala), from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to present on their 2015 speaking tour:
THE GUATEMALAN DREAM RETURNS
When: Thursday, April 23rd 2015
Where: Drachman Hall, A122
Snacks will be provided by the Guatemala-Mexico Border Service Learning Initiative
To RSVP or for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/824744224288876/
DESGUA Speaking Tour 2015
- Youth Migration - Sustainable Development - Social Enterprises - Community Empowerment -
DESGUA is touring the US to share the story of how a social enterprise and an autonomous university are rebuilding the Guatemalan Dream and in the process preventing migration and enabling community empowerment and sustainable development.
DESGUA is a grassroots network of community organizations in the highlands of Guatemala, one of the areas most affected by the tragedies of the Civil War and the inequalities of neoliberal policies, both factors that have pushed people to migrate to the United States. Despite the obstacles, there are many community groups creating alternative economic projects with the hopes of fulfilling their dreams within the country.
This tour is a much appreciated opportunity for the organization to present their newest program, “Cooking for the Guatemalan Dream,” that seeks to empower youth to create social enterprises in their communities. This includes telling Guatemalan history and encouraging the American public to consider partnering with the DESGUA.
Domingo Canon is the Coordinator of “Cooking for the Guatemalan Dream,” and in his first visit to the U.S. he is looking forward to share the successes and challenges of the program as well as future plans. He is a Maya-Kakchiquel man who has fought for his people's autonomy since he was young.
Gabriela Maldonado is the Communications Coordinator for DESGUA. Previously she lived in Tennessee and worked with the Guatemalan migrant community there. She is now looking forward to share the stories and dreams of her people.