Sowing Opportunities is born and the journey continues!

In January 2015 – our family embarked on a personal journey that brought us to Chajmaic, Guatemala.

When we realized the need of the entire village, Chajmaic, population 1,750 (2015) – remote and destitute in rural Guatemala – we began the project that has today become a nonprofit organization, Sowing Opportunities.

Luego tener la bendicion de un salario justo que los ayudara a llevar el pan a la mesa, y que podran combatir el hambre de sus hijos.
Residente de Chajmaic

Memorial Day 2024

Memorial Day 2024

https://youtu.be/evgZS2xVS14 Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday, which we observe on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. From 1960 to 1996, Guatemala endured an internal unarmed...
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Basic Information about Guatemala and its Indigenous Population

Basic Information about Guatemala and its Indigenous Population

- Where in the world is Guatemala? Guatemala is one of 7 countries in Central America, which is part of North America consisting of a tapering isthmus running from the southern extent of Mexico to the...
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Questions that pertain to Sowing Opportunities’ mission

Questions that pertain to Sowing Opportunities’ mission

- What does food security mean? See Feeding the Hungry During a Pandemic - How can contaminated water affect someone’s health? See Water for Life Project   - Why might people not be able to grow...
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As Mother’s Day approaches…

As Mother’s Day approaches…

https://youtu.be/T9l0jCVfG3A Thanks to you, Mothers in Remote Guatemala Have Enough to Feed their Families! The people of the villages where Sowing Opportunities is building agricultural capacity, resources, and leadership for indigenous families now have a...
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The mothers in your life are special!  Why not treat them?

The mothers in your life are special! Why not treat them?

https://youtu.be/srredByKves Sowing Opportunities has multiple opportunities for you to come out and not only support our mission of building agricultural capacity, resources, and leadership for indigenous families in villages in a remote area of Guatemala...
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Sisbilhá, Guatemala: A one-month retrospective, April 2024

Sisbilhá, Guatemala: A one-month retrospective, April 2024

Sisbilhá, Guatemala: A one-month retrospective, April 2024 https://youtu.be/8H-Xj-2ag88 It’s been a little over a month since returning back to Boston from visiting the remote, indigenous village of Sisbilhá, in the Guatemalan Highlands - the third...
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Video from New England Folk Festival, April 19-21, 2024

Video from New England Folk Festival, April 19-21, 2024

 
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Celebrating Earth Day 2024

Celebrating Earth Day 2024

https://youtu.be/im4YGNY4sjw On Earth Day, we celebrate the successes that the people in the villages in Eastern Alta Verapaz are experiencing since January 2022.   In each of the villages where Sowing Opportunities’ team has collaborated with...
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Sowing Opportunities podcast on Paul Ponders podcast

Sowing Opportunities podcast on Paul Ponders podcast

From Paul Ponders: "Sowing Opportunities", a Malden, MA -based Charity that assists destitute villages in Guatemala in gaining access to clean water for basic needs and cultivation of their land. You will hear from Executive...
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How Sisbilhá, Guatemala waters its greenhouses (March 2024)

How Sisbilhá, Guatemala waters its greenhouses (March 2024)

https://youtu.be/pGS_q2kso5M A video message from Fern Remedi-Brown, Executive Director of Sowing Opportunities who just returned from visiting the village of Sisbilhá in the Eastern Highlands of Guatemala: What was surprising is how the women have...
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March 2024 Visit to Sisbilhá: Surprising Experiences

March 2024 Visit to Sisbilhá: Surprising Experiences

My recent visit to Guatemala was exciting: there is much to share! Our team of four arrived in Sisbilhá on Thursday, March 7 in Guatemala’s hot summer in Alta Verapaz with temps reaching 100°F (37.78°C). ...
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March 2024 update: Amazing developments in the remote indigenous villages in the Guatemala Highlands

March 2024 update: Amazing developments in the remote indigenous villages in the Guatemala Highlands

https://youtu.be/M-HeHjKvA5s The mostly women-led projects are developing at a rapid pace, thanks to the dedication of Sowing Opportunities’ team on the ground in the region, and the tireless and motivated efforts of the participants. They...
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Valentine’s Day Update in Sisbilhá, Guatemala

Valentine’s Day Update in Sisbilhá, Guatemala

Happy Valentine's Day! Sowing Opportunities has witnessed amazing developments in the remote indigenous village of Sisbilhá, in the Eastern Highlands of Guatemala. The mostly women-led projects are developing at a rapid pace, thanks to the...
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Sisbilhá: Sowing Opportunities’ latest pioneering partnership

Sisbilhá: Sowing Opportunities’ latest pioneering partnership

Social worker Licenciada Lety gets commitment of the women in Sisbilhá, December 2023 Sowing Opportunities' team left a day earlier than the anticipated January 14, in case there might be roadblocks starting at the time...
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Sowing Opportunities’ 2023 Annual Report

Sowing Opportunities’ 2023 Annual Report

In 2015 a ten-year-old girl, adopted in the U.S. from Guatemala, expressed her desire to find her biological family.  This led to a pioneering effort for a remote, previously forgotten region in the Eastern Highlands...
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The strength of Sowing Opportunities’ infrastructure

The strength of Sowing Opportunities’ infrastructure

We at Sowing Opportunities realize that life is very difficult throughout Guatemala right now.  People need democracy and are willing to make personal sacrifices to achieve it.  In August, President-elect Bernardo Arévalo and his political...
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How Sowing Opportunities Helps Inhabitants in Unfarmable Land to Build Greenhouses

How Sowing Opportunities Helps Inhabitants in Unfarmable Land to Build Greenhouses

High in the mountains of the Eastern Highlands in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, there are disparate villages with mountains in-between.  In an area of scarce resources, rocky soil, and no tourist commerce, Sowing Opportunities works with...
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Sowing Opportunities’ beginnings

Sowing Opportunities’ beginnings

  Sowing Opportunities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, formed in 2018 by Fern and Ginny Remedi-Brown of Malden.  The idea came following the inquiry in 2011 of their then six-year-old daughter, Maya, who was...
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Guatemala Travelogue, March 2023

Guatemala Travelogue, March 2023

This is a travelogue of Fern's visit to Guatemala for the purpose of advancing the Agricultural, Water for Food and Water Security, and the Building Project for a Gathering Space for Eastern Alta Verapaz, Guatemala:...
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Life in the Mountains

Life in the Mountains

Q’eqchi’ communities’ identity is connected to and their culture is deeply related to the mountains, especially in terms of their religion, such as with mountain spirits, dating back to pre-colonial history. (Wilson, pp. 13-14) View...
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