Richard Flamer

The Chiapas Project

8 March - 5 April 2002

Opening reception
Friday 8 March 2002, 5:00-7:00 pm

Members of the Des Moines Catholic Worker discovered a humanitarian need in Chiapas, Mexico, in the area of San Cristobal de las Casas in June1999. Specifically, over 30,000 Mayan Indians have been expelled from their homes by the local government, and have suffered human rights violations at the hands of their own fellow citizens. Given their social mission with the poor, the Des Moines Catholic Worker members have committed to these people in ways that will provide educational, economic and housing development opportunities.

The plan includes several projects. They are finishing work on a Community Center which contains a child care center that enables single mothers to go to work, and will house a sewing cooperative, providing much needed jobs. The plan also includes building a warehouse for storage of building materials for Habitat for Humanity, with upper level classrooms for adult education, among other projects.

Contributions to the project can be sent to
The Chiapas Project
c/o The Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 4551
Des Moines IA 50303

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