2009 NOVA Fund Grants
The Muste Institute’s NOVA Fund supports nonviolent efforts for justice in Latin America. In 2009, the Fund distributed $78,500 among seven organizations in Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The NOVA Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals.
Centros de Acción y Servicio Social - CASSAC (Centers of Action and Social Service), Mexico City, Mexico: $7,500 in April for renovations to the Casa de la Solidaridad “Sergio Méndez Arceo”so it can continue to provide a home for various human rights, solidarity and peace organizations in Mexico City.
Corporación SER PAZ, Guayaquil, Ecuador: $10,000 in June for efforts to encourage and support current and former gang members in Guayaquil in nonviolent efforts for social justice; and $5,000 in December for reconstruction and equipping of the SER PAZ offices following a November 2009 fire.
FRENAPI (National Indigenous Peoples’ Front), San José, Costa Rica: $15,000 (via SERPAJ Costa Rica) for efforts to develop and strengthen capacity and leadership among the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica. This grant was supported by the Appleton Foundation.
Ome Gompote Kiwigimoni Huaorani (We Defend Our Huaorani Territory), Bameno, Ecuador: $1,500 for Penti Baihua to visit New York and Washington to confront officials from governments, international financial institutions and United Nations agencies about plans affecting the ancestral lands of Huaorani communities in the Amazon region of Ecuador.
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 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.serpajamericalatina.org/secretariados/secretariadocostarica.htm
SERPAJ Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico: $18,000 (with support from the Appleton Foundation) for research and education on social conflict and nonviolence in Mexico and efforts to support active nonviolence, peace-building and autonomy. www.pensarenvozalta.org
Total $78,500 (8 grants)