25 years of human rights 25 years of fun 25 years of education

Yard Sale Saturday May 18th

Not to be missed!

Our annual  galactic-sized yard sale takes place on Saturday May 18, 9 – 2 pm, benefiting the village of Santa Maria Tzeja, Guatemala.  Come by and shop for something special, fun or frivolous!

  Location:  505  Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA.

Get Involved

The Guatemala Partnership has lots of fun and fulfilling ways to help out.  We have lots going on, vibrant people to learn from, many dimensions to explore.

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2019: Middle school accessible to all!

Over the years, our partnership has enabled a middle school in Santa Maria Tzeja by funding what it costs to hire and pay teachers for grades 6 to 9.   But there are additional costs to sustaining a middle school which are imposed as fees to the families whose children are enrolled.  These fees have become an increasing obstacle for a number of families.

The partnership received a generous grant in 2018.  We decided to apply this gift to subsidize 100% of the fees for every middle school student in the community, without restriction.  7th grade enrollment nearly doubled as a consequence!  The new classroom space (funded by the partnership in 2017,18) was put to immediate use to accommodate the surge in students.  Setting the pathway for every youth in the village to obtain education to 9th grade is yet one more dream turning to reality.

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Insightful NEWS directly from Santa Maria Tzeja.  Read the latest news from the village by Juana Perez, who is the wife of Randall Shea.

Update from Santa María Tzejá Feb 2018

Partner Family Central

All letters from Feb 2019 have been distributed.   Be sure to catch up with Partnership news in the Spring newsletter:

Guatemala spring Newsletter 2019

The August 2019 mail drive coming soon.  Questions?  Dave .

Village updates and ideas



The partnership between Santa Maria Tzeja and Needham includes nearly 150 letter-exchange relationships, most between a family in the village and one in the US.   Some of these relationships have endured over 25 years.   Each visiting delegation brings new letters to the villagers, and returns with reply letters.  A network of volunteer translators ensures that all thoughts are accurately interpreted.

Looking for information about your partner family or the letter writing process?  You have come to the right place!  Read more

 Packing all the partner family letters    2019