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2010 NOVA Fund Grants

The Muste Institute’s NOVA Fund supports nonviolent efforts for justice in Latin America. In 2010, the Fund distributed $70,921.39 among eight organizations in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Nicaragua. The NOVA Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa AC (Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center), Tonalá, Chiapas, México: $2,500 in October for the Consejo Autónomo Regional de la Zona Costa de Chiapas (CARZCH, Autonomous Regional Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas), specifically toward expenses of the "Las Mujeres como protagonistas del cambio" (Women as protagonists of change) project, including workshops, dialogue, education and analysis developed by women members of CARZCH around issues related to the social construction of gender and the transformative perspective of equality. consejoautonomo.wordpress.com, cdhdignaochoa.blogspot.com

Consejo Nacional Indígena Pueblos Nahua y Chorotega - MONEXICO (National Indigenous Council of the Nahua and Chorotega Peoples), Managua, Nicaragua: $2,885 in June for training workshops for indigenous women leaders from Nahua and Chorotega territorial councils, focused on developing capacity in political participation, indigenous rights and women's rights. monexico.blogspot.com

Corporación SER PAZ, Guayaquil, Ecuador: $10,000 in June to encourage and support current and former gang members in Guayaquil in nonviolent efforts for social justice and conflict resolution. www.serpaz.org

Frente Nacional de Pueblos Indígenas – FRENAPI (National Indigenous Peoples' Front), San José, Costa Rica: $15,000 in July (via sponsor: Servicio Paz y Justicia de Costa Rica) to develop and strengthen capacity and leadership among the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica to build processes of autonomy and defend human rights, as part of the promotion of a culture of peace. frenapi.serpajcostarica.org/

M33-Matamoros 33, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico: $3,000 in July for Radio Comunitaria en Cuernavaca “FM Libre,” a community radio project designed to create a space for the residents of Cuernavaca to exercise their right to inform and be informed, and to take ownership of their own society-building process.

Servicio Paz y Justicia en America Latina (SERPAJ-AL), San Jose, Costa Rica: $15,500, including: $3,000 in June to purchase computers for SERPAJ-AL's offices in Costa Rica and Uruguay; $11,000 in June for coordination and support of educational work promoting active nonviolence, demilitarization, human rights and social justice in Latin America; and $1,500 in October for travel of a representative from SERPAJ-AL to a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington on "Criminalization and Persecution of Social Movements and Human Rights Defenders." www.serpajamericalatina.org

Servicio Paz y Justicia de Costa Rica (SERPAJ-CR), San José, Costa Rica: $4,036.39 in November 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.serpajcostarica.org

Servicio Paz y Justicia (SERPAJ) Mexico, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico: $18,000 in June for research and education on social conflict and nonviolence in Mexico, and support for active nonviolence, peace-building and autonomy. www.pensarenvozalta.org

Total $70,921.39 (10 grants)