Nowadays Ochoch Hik’e’k “Casa de Esperanza” is on the way to institutional restructuring with the aim of creating new projects and proposals, designed to increase its leadership as one of the main Mayan organizations in the northern region of Guatemala. Consequently, we have several short and long term projects as listed below.
This initiative is designed to improve the potential of Ochoch Hik’e’k “Casa de Esperanza” by Formalizing the Strategic Plan 2015-2020/2020-2025, with the intention of stepping up its institutional outreach on a local, regional and national level. The project is focused on development of the Maya Basic Institute, the Nursing Graduate Program and the Public Library, which are the three major ongoing projects. For this purpose we have initiated coordination with governmental/nongovernmental organizations and have initiated exchanges with innovative educational projects within indigenous communities, mainly in Guatemala (Ak ‘Tenamit), as well as in neighboring countries.
Library service improvement aims to extend library services and promote reading and writing, with the support of new information and communication technologies, particularly computers with access to internet. This program focuses on students from low income backgrounds who need a cultural and educational space where they can enrich intellectually and are supported with their homework. The initiative uses the Public Library catalog, provision of technology, implementation of reading programs that support culturally relevant activities in the Maya Basic Institute, the Nursing Graduate Program, and other educational centers in the area of project influence.
The project aims to strengthen the customs and traditions of the Mayan people of Peten, mainly the practice and use of the marimba, harp, shawm tun and also the rescue of the Mayan dances which are endangered. The activities are focused on the fight against cultural discrimination against the Mayan people, as well as the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Mayan People Q’eqchi’ through an intensive process of education and training for young people about indigenous people, cultural rights, and cultural information collection for the subsequent execution of the Deer Dance, the K’iche ‘Winq Dance and Dance Ch’ol Winq. The initiative also plans to practice Mayan ceremonies, mainly Mayejak and wa’tesink, always taking into account the main commemorative dates as the Sacred Mayan Calendar with the support of Mayan spiritual guides.
The project aims to improve and expand educational services in Ochoch Hik’e’k “Casa de Esperanza” on a Diversified level, by implementing innovative techniques for culturally relevant careers, to ensure that graduates and young entrepreneurs are change agents for the department of Peten, in order to resume the Maya Worldview elements: water, earth, air and fire, as the foundation of the Mayan culture we have inherited from our ancestors. For this purpose meetings will be held with potential beneficiaries in order to obtain better results in terms of better benefits to rural communities. Ochoch Hik’e’k “Casa de Esperanza ” also hopes that through technical careers diversification we can resume the use of traditional farming practices, through planting trees Ramon, guava, copalpom, citrus; this will also promote the use of Mayan medicinal plants and the implementation of backyard gardens (pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, Chaya) to benefits families of students.
The Maya University or University of the Indigenous People of Guatemala, is a proposal for higher education from the worldview of indigenous people, based on the knowledge of the people, the experience of the elders, the indigenous oral tradition, recovery of ancestral knowledge, strengthening ancestral culture and identity, the territory and sustainable development and sustainable management of natural resources, environmental conservation and natural environment with culture relevance. To realize the creation of the Maya University or University of the Indigenous Peoples of Guatemala, the following phases of the project are proposed:
- Creation of consulting workshops for the Mayan people in four regions: Peten, Coban, Quetzaltenango, and Guatemala City.
- Realization of university exchange programs in various countries:
- Nicaragua: University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua (URACCAN).
- Mexico: Intercultural University of Chiapas UNICH
- Mexico: Indigenous Autonomous University of Mexico UAIM
- Colombia: Indigenous Intercultural University EBIT
- Ecuador: Intercultural Community University for Nationalities and Indigenous Peoples