2019 BC CASA youth brigade in the community of El Esfuerzo
2019 BC CASA youth brigade in the community of El Esfuerzo

BC CASA is a Vancouver-based volunteer group that works in solidarity with human rights and community organizations in Guatemala. In particular, we work with the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), a Mayan rights and development movement that is active in hundreds of communities around the country.

What does BC CASA do?

  • Imports and sells Cafe Justicia, a fair trade plus coffee grown by the CCDA communities.
  • Organizes student brigades to work on small projects in CCDA communities.
  • Lobbies the Canadian and Guatemalan governments on behalf of Guatemalan activists facing threats or attacks for their work.
  • Sponsors Canadian speaking tours by our Guatemalan partners and other human rights activists.
  • Carries out public education activities about fair trade and human rights issues in Guatemala.
  • Uses profits generated from Cafe Justicia sales to support the activities and development projects of HIJOS, the CCDA and the Guatemalan Women’s Sector. Raises funds for the CCDA’s scholarship program that enables Mayan children to remain in school and for youth to receive training in the skills their communities need.
  • Works with other Vancouver Latin America social justice and solidarity groups on issues and events affecting the whole region.

Get involved with BC CASA

BC CASA is always open to new volunteers who want to participate in coffee bagging and sales, organizing actions, letter writing, educational activities and coordination of delegations to Guatemala. You don’t have to live in Vancouver to become involved, there are groups and individuals linked to BC CASA selling Cafe Justicia and carrying out support work for the CCDA all over Canada. Contact us at fairtrade@cafejusticia.ca or 604 871 9078 for more information.