La Hermandad's Philosophy

The Hermandad Educativa was established with the goal of helping address some of the harsh conditions facing the Guatemalan people. In addition to providing jobs for local teachers and families at a reasonable wage, including the payment of all legal entitlements, maternity leave and three weeks holiday pay, the schools that comprise the Hermandad use their profits to support groups and projects working toward solutions for Guatemala's social and economic problems. The schools are managed by a collective of teachers and the profits do not go into the pockets of a single owner--as is in the case in many other language schools.

Santa María in the early evening, against a vivid Xela sunset.

The Hermandad has a long history of working with human rights and popular organizations. We have accompanied returned refugee communities, been present at exhumations of clandestine cemeteries left killings of unarmed civilians by the Guatemalan army and its supporters, supported strikes by workers at coffee fincas, and demonstrated solidarity in a host of ways with many other social and popular organizations. This, along with our focus on providing information about the current situation in Guatemala, means that students are able to meet with union leaders, former combatants of the URNG, political and human rights activists, journalists, health workers, educators and others.

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Next door to PLQ we have the Luis Cardoza y Aragon Popular Center.
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Proyecto Reforestación de Cantel
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