AMOR was founded by Mayan philosopher, human rights activist, leader, day keeper, author and artist Arnulfo Oxlaj. He is the only survivor of a child massacre in his Guatemalan village in which 115 children were killed. Arnulfo resolved to transform that tragedy into action to help his people rise out of the ashes of genocide and contribute their gifts to the world.
AMOR uses a development model that strikes at the heart of injustice and poverty, empowering Indigenous people to be their own difference. Funds are invested in teams with years of experience to build sustainable, community-owned human rights, nutrition, water and education projects across Central America and southern Africa. The team works to ensure that every penny is accounted for so that transparency is maximized to donors.
SANA Guatemala is linked to the focus of keeping traditional healing and spiritual practices alive, helping young people understand and participate in the traditional practices of their people by following ceremonial cycles linked to the Mayan calendars and learning traditional healing knowledge from their community Elders will then share for the benefit of their community. AMOR works to help rebuild Mayan communities devastated by genocide by restoring their ancestral knowledge and autonomy.
AMOR supports maternal and child health, sustainable livelihoods, and trains women in traditional health, midwifery, and agriculture. Community Education Centres preserving ancestral knowledge, equips Indigenous children and their caregivers with the tools and confidence to fulfill their potential and transform the world around them.