The Sexto Sol Center For Community Action
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3514 E Contesaa Mesa AZ 85213 USA
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I have been following the work of the Sexto Sol Center since they began. I have witnessed Sexto Sol as a dynamic, visionary nonprofit that avoids band aid fixes and instead seeks to contribute to long-term community enrichment. They've been improving lives, inspiring people to work together, and creating solutions for impoverished communities with passion and excellence for 20 years. In all their work, they are committed to preserving threatened cultures and working for the human rights of indigenous people. With lionhearted determination, they do what it takes to empower communities to implement solutions that improve the quality of life.
I am an industrial designer. I am traveling around the world, and my goal is to learn and help in lots of projects.
I worked with the Sexto Sol Center for over a month when I was living in Mexico, a few years ago. The center is very efficient in their activities, both local and global.
Their impact is two fold.
One the one hand, they develop community action programs, focussed on solving concrete problems. For instance during my time there, we worked on connecting with locals who needed water systems to enable them to have access to good water in their homes. Since then, 7 projects have been completed, helping 9 villages, or over 6,000 people.
On the other hand, the Sexto Sol center has an important educational role. They teach (among other things) permaculture farming techniques to locals in Mexico, empowering them to farm in a way that improves the quality of the soil they farm on, and creates a greater yield of nutritional food. This educational role also extends to the volunteers that they work with. In my time there, I learnt a vast variety of skills and gained a lot of knowledge about both permaculture and water systems, which I have been able to apply in various locations around the world, including in projects in Peru, Chile and Argentina.
The people running the Sexto Sol Center are hugely passionate about what they do, as well as knowledgable and efficient in the management of their projects. I highly recommend them.
I'm working with Sexto Sol, once in a while, for around two years helping Tamara with technology solutions. Sexto Sol have made a lot of types of works in Mexico, Guatemala and most recently Nepal. The most impressive things about Sexto Sol for me is how they can manage such different type of work and how Sexto Sol works, not just helping people giving them the solution for the problems but also teaching them. They aren't just giving men a fish but also teaching them how to fish, so they can manage the improves by themselves later. They do an awesome work even with very limited funds. It shows they can manage well they funds being responsable and really doing the Sexto Sol's proposals.
Tamara Brennan and her Sexto Sol Center for Community Action is a shining example of how an insightful dedicated activist could be the change we want to see in the world. I am a witness to her sacrifice as she held the space and took the practical steps to manifest the and grow her grassroots movement to help the under-served in Chiapas Mexico and South America through a multitude of programs. From Helping Chiapas become economically sustainable by personally making the connections in the US businesses for the organic coffee growers, to helping people heal from the PTSD of natural disasters through training a team of people traveling and administering to those in desperate need. Tamara is the feminine divine in action. She has inspired many to join her movement around the world.
I was able to volunteer a few years ago at Sexto Sol in Chiapas. I was so impressed with the breadth of local, regional and international projects including a recycling program in the town to water delivery projects in regional villages to a response to the Nepal earthquake, to name a few. While I was only there for a few days, I witnessed the director's respect for the dignity of all the recipients. The focus is on empowering people to help themselves, in their own way. We need more organizations like this in the world!
I've known the founders for over 25 years and think very highly of them. Since Hurricane Stan decimated the area they've brought water systems back to 6,000 people in 9 villages. They do a great deal with very little. They've expanded from Chiapas to Guatemala and soon Nepal.
I have been in one way or another, involved and tuned in to the Sexto Sol Center for over ten years now. What this small organization does is beyond what one would expect, and particularly so because of the diverse work that they consistently do and which always includes and involves the very people of that region that they serve. This organization undeniably is a perfect example of what a nonprofit should be. They are not in any way pretentious or self serving, their mission is always with the goal to help create self sustaining methods and lively hoods for the communities of the region, and what's even more impressive is that they exist on meager funds. I had the wonderful opportunity to go there after Hurricane Stan occurred a number of years ago. We were a small group of licensed acupuncturists (Acupuncture International Brigade) who went to teach medical personnel how to do acupuncture for trauma, and then we set up free acupuncture clinics and worked side by side with the medical personnel. The whole thing was organized by Dr. Brennan. Needless to say, I firmly state that SS Center absolutely deserves endless accolades and national recognition for the superb work they do. Della Estrada L.Ac., AZ
I’ve known Tamara since 1989 when we met in Guatemala. From that very moment, her energy and vision to improve the human condition through empowerment burst from her thoughts and actions.
Sexto Sol programs are the fruits of her and her husband’s steadfast dedication to this mission, to empower the disadvantaged poor with tangible and intangible development assistance. From water projects to emotional healing programs, and everything else in-between, their efforts must be supported to assure the people in her area of Mexico “develop”, not only from a material but also from a human empowerment standpoint – empowering people so they can help themselves.
As a director of a U.S. non-profit, I’ve supported Sexto Sol over the years because I know and trust her values and motives and would not risk my resources if I didn’t. Indeed, Tamara and her family live on an extremely tight family budget because unlike many non-profit groups in this world, they don’t sponge off donations that are directed for specific program areas.
Thus given what I know and the fact that Sexto Sol is an example for the world to follow, it’s a gross understatement to say Sexto Sol deserves all the support people can give. There’s no doubt donors will get the “biggest bang possible for their buck”!!!
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Sexto Sol is a NGO living and working there where the action is. On an everyday basis you are able to learn as much as you want by talking to Tamara, reading her books, and doing interesting work. As a volunteer you totally embed yourself into the local culture as a free tourist observing and experiencing unmediated reality. Personally this was a life changing step towards a broader view on traveling and life in general. To be able to work and make a long term difference in such an environment inspired me to broaden my way of thinking and living in the future. If you want to really help and inspire other people, this is the place to be! Thank you so much!!
Tamara has dedicated her life to helping others. She spends every waking moment doing incredible grassroots work in so many vital areas for the communities and the environment. Her mission at Sexto Sol to create sustainable and holistic change, empowering others to move forward into healthier, happier futures is inspirational. I would encourage anyone to support this cause.
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