Asociación Pop No'j
Asociación Pop No'j is a non-profit, non-partisan civil organization that works with a focus on Indigenous Peoples. We promote reflection, analysis, research, exchange and learning. We facilitate and accompany processes of organization, training, promotion and participation of the Mayan People for the construction of "good living" in Guatemala. We were founded in June 2005. We have the following programs: Women, Youth and Migration. The work is supported by the Communication Unit and the Administration Department. Among the issues we address are: Migration, Prevention of Violence (mainly gender and child sexual abuse), Livelihoods, Protagonism of Indigenous Women and Youth, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Climate Change, among others.
Promote, disseminate and accompany processes of organization, training and participation of the Mayan People according to their Cosmovision, identity and rights.
To be a reference in the development of political, socioeconomic and cultural capacities of the Mayan People.
Support for the return and reintegration of returned migrant children, mainly indigenous; support for women who suffer gender-based violence; promotion of family gardens and other economic initiatives; education and training for youth leadership and indigenous women.
Women's and Youth Programs, aimed at the social, political, economic and cultural empowerment of women and young people; and the Migration Axis, oriented to the promotion of the rights of people in contexts of human mobility.
- Create conditions so that people are not forced to migrate; accompany deported migrant children, mainly indigenous, in their process of return and reintegration to their communities of origin.
- Prevent different forms of violence, with emphasis on gender violence and child sexual abuse. Guatemalan society has been forged throughout history as violent. One of its expressions is gender violence and child sexual abuse. One of the indirect indicators of this is the number of pregnancies of women under 18 years of age.
- Promote the participation of women and men, especially young people in different spaces.
- 46 women leaders from 6 municipalities of Huehuetenango were trained as Mayan Women Defenders against Gender Violence. The leaders were integrated into the Network of Mayan Women Defenders.
- 104 teachers were trained in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Those trained replicate the knowledge acquired with other people in their community and in the case of teachers, with their students.
- We trained 52 young people from the Mam Area and the Huista Region of Huehuetenango on their rights, political advocacy, theater and community youth organization.
- We accompanied 11 youth groups and 3 networks of youth organizations.
- We supported 18 individual and collective youth economic initiatives, including 2 community stores.
- Integral accompaniment was provided to 113 children and adolescents - NNA - migrant returnees from the United States and Mexico and their families, of which 68 had been accompanied since 2020, to which 45 new cases were added in 2021. Of these, 64 cases were closed as the purpose of the accompaniment had been fulfilled, so we started 2022 with 49 cases.
- We supported 28 families in the implementation of family gardens. We also supported 11 families with seed capital for animal husbandry and other enterprises.
Reports, evaluations, and life histories.
Pop No'j has grown as an organization, with a larger number of staff. One area of work that began in 2010 is migration, which is the one that has had the greatest growth, mainly due to the interest that different actors are paying to the problem. We have focused on the department of Huehuetenango, specifically in the Mam Area and the Popti Region.
- We foresee our growth not in expanding the territory of coverage, but in improving the service we provide.
- To provide better psycho-social attention to returned children and their families, as well as to improve the accompaniment of the development of the livelihoods of individuals, families and communities.
- We promote a greater protagonism of the people and groups we work with.
To be a reference in the development of political, socioeconomic and cultural capacities of the Mayan people. We seek to contribute to the processes of organization, training, promotion and participation of the Mayan people for the construction of "good living" in Guatemala. For this, it is essential to strengthen the organization and the development of alliances and networking.