The Sexto Sol Center For Community Action

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 3514 E Contesaa Mesa AZ 85213 USA

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2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for Sexto Sol in the summer of 2003, before I started graduate school in hydrology. I was simply looking for a safe opportunity to contribute in a developing country and learn some Spanish. Instead, I had a life-enhancing experience that continues to provide me with positive inspiration, and I gained insight that improves my empathy in my daily life. I also gained two new best friends (the co-directors). Instead of pursuing an academic career in hydrology, I have chosen to teach high school math at a Title 1 (AKA poverty-stricken) school in Texas. It has been 9 years, but the psychological/sociological insight that I gained during my two months in Motozintla is being used to positively impact my students today. Sexto Sol is beyond efficient in its use of funds, and accomplishes WAY MORE than any other non-profit could accomplish with the same budget. There are very few non-profits that I choose to financially support; I could count them on my hand (my church, my college, and Sexto Sol). However, my loyalty lies with Sexto Sol, and any spare dollar I have will go to them for many years to come. After 9 years, after getting married and having a child and gaining many other responsibilities, I have decided to return this summer to assist them again, in their work to support the communities around them. Is Sexto Sol ethical and responsible? YES! Is Sexto Sol making a positive impact? YES! Should you support Sexto Sol? Resounding, emphatic, YES!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the time I spent volunteering with Sexto Sol in May 2012, I was amazed to see the sheer breadth of projects and successes this dedicated team accomplishes in Chiapas and Guatemala. We learned how to install bottle lights into dark classrooms, helped start a single mothers cooperative, made recycled aluminum cans into efficient kitchen stoves, and spent many rewarding hours working in the vegetable garden. I was sought out Sexto Sol because not only do they employ sustainable agriculture and permaculture techniques in their garden, but their goal is to share these techniques with the surrounding community to increase food security in Motozintla, a town where fresh local produce is a rare and expensive commodity. They are a great team, worthy of support!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Tamara Brennan and Francisco Barrios are two of the most dedicated and energetic people I have ever met. Their tireless work has empowered vast numbers of rural Mexican and Guatemalan citizens to overcome poverty and injustice. The breadth of their work is amazing, ranging from reforestation and teaching permaculture to organizing coffee-grower and other cooperatives to their latest work addressing disaster-induced psychological trauma.
To say I was impressed on a brief visit in 2002 would be a vast understatement. Since then I have done all I can to assist them both financially and as a volunteer and encouraged others to do the same.
If any organization deserves a seal of excellence it is The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What Sexto Sol does for the people with whom they live and work is not only extraordinary, it it also essential. While respecting and supporting the culture of the indigenous people, there is also ongoing work for present and future betterment. Sexto Sol is involved in areas ranging from education to agriculture; the goal is always to bring a sense of accomplishment and worth to the people who help themselves build a better future for them and their children. I have been a proud supporter and volunteer for many years. Actor/Activist Edward James Olmos also supports Sexto Sol whole-heartedly, and he has worked with me and them to make sure that gifts from his fans turn into donations to this most worthy cause.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience as an intern at the Sexto Sol Centre in 2006 was life-changing. I was amazed by the dedication of the staff and the tangible results achieved on the ground - from improving food security by teaching permaculture, to improving livelihoods by helping coffee farmers obtain fair trade certification to treating hurricane victims for post traumatic stress disorder with auricular acupuncture- each project that they undertake is developed based on the needs of the communities they serve. I feel that the work they do really has an impact on the people of the Sierra Madre in Chiapas as well as the repatriated refugees in Guatemala. It is very rare to see a small NGO produce such a large impact - and this is possible due to the dedication and patience of their staff. Since my time there i have continued to keep in touch with the Dr Brennan, and I am constantly amazed by how they are able to achieve so much with very limited resources.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

 
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