A.J. MUSTE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
Supporting Nonviolence and Social Justice Since 1974.
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2008 NOVA Fund Grants

The Muste Institute's NOVA Fund supports nonviolent efforts for justice in Latin America. In 2008, the Fund distributed $96,366.43 among 11 organizations in Mexico, the United States, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The NOVA Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Asociación Ecológica Santo Tomás, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico: $4,000 for efforts to provide support to rural communities organizing themselves for social development and a sustainable environment.

Center for International Policy, Washington, DC: $7,500 for the educational work of the Americas Policy Program: exploring and promoting citizen-based policy options for development, trade, and international relations in the Americas; and building a North-South dialogue based on the principles of sustainable development and environmental protection, equitable economic development, multilateralism, and respect for human rights. www.ciponline.org

Corporación SER PAZ, Guayaquil, Ecuador: $10,000 for the “Neighborhood of Peace Youth Movement,” training and educating current and former gang members in Guayaquil to encourage and support them in nonviolent efforts for social justice. 

Federación de Organizaciones del Cordón Fronterizo (Forccofes), Quito, Ecuador: $9,000 for the Federation of Border Area Organizations to carry out human rights training and organizational strengthening  among its 100 member groups on Ecuador's northern border with Colombia, in order to help them defend the rights of peasant communities affected by militarization and defoliant spraying in the zone.

FRENAPI (National Indigenous Peoples' Front), San José,Costa Rica: $15,000 for efforts to develop and strengthen capacity and leadership among the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica. This grant was supported by the Appleton Foundation.

Grupo de Objeción de Conciencia del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador: $1,305 toward plane fare to allow GOCE volunteer activist Yeidy Rosa begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting to participate in the War Resisters' International Nonviolence Training Exchange in Bilbao, Basque Country (Spain), from October 26 to 30, 2008.

Servicio Paz y Justicia America Latina (SERPAJ AL), San José,Costa Rica: $14,000 for coordination and support of the network of affiliates of SERPAJ, the Peace and Justice Service, promoting active nonviolence and social justice in Latin America. www.serpajamericalatina.org

SERPAJ Colombia, Barranquilla, Colombia: $5,000 for efforts to promote a culture of peace, active nonviolence and human rights in the area of Barranquilla, Atlántico department, Colombia.

SERPAJ Costa Rica, San José,Costa Rica: $7,500 for educational and organizing efforts toward creating a culture of peace and promoting the defense of people’s human, civic, social, economic and cultural rights in Costa Rica. www.serpaj.org.ec

SERPAJ Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico: $18,000 (including $11,000 from Appleton) for research and education on social conflict and nonviolence in Mexico and efforts to support active nonviolence, peace-building and autonomy. www.pensarenvozalta.org

UCIZONI--Unión de Comunidades Indígenas de la Zona Norte del Istmo, Matías Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico: $5,000 for general support of efforts by indigenous peoples in southern Mexico (primarily in Oaxaca) to defend their rights and their territory and to improve their living conditions.

Total $96,366.43 (11 grants)