Founded in 1997, SEPA is a non-profit, non-partisan corporation in Ohio exclusively for the charitable and educational purpose of supporting human rights work in the Guatemalan Mayan communities of Santa Elena and Copal AA. In addition, SEPA informs North Americans about conditions in Guatemala through educational outreach, public presentations, and delegations to Guatemala. Through various fundraisers, SEPA raises money to support self-directed infrastructure programs and to prevent human rights violations in these communities; 90% of all funds directly support projects in Guatemala.
SEPA is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
SEPA has sponsored numerous human rights monitors under the supervision of the national organization NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with the people of Guatemala). Some of SEPA's other major projects include:
- Supporting the annual salary of two middle school teachers in Copal AA.
- Scholarships to help students of Santa Elena and Copal AA continue education beyond grade 6.
- Supplemental support for teachers (school supplies, professional travel & development).
- Educational outreach about its work in Guatemala for school, church, and community groups.