“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

                          ~Mahatma Gandhi

Our ultimate focus at 1HC is to build bridges between communities so they can work together towards common goals. While it sounds simple, navigating relationships across cultures with different ways of being and different cosmovisions is a worthy challenge.

1HC is currently working directly with the Tseltal-Maya community in Chiapas Mexico in collaboration with the Mexican Jesuits of La Misión de Bachajón. In addition to developing relationships between the Tseltal and global community, this project is engaging new and innovative concepts for social fabric reconstruction and building sustainable economic stability in the region.

While this project is our current focus, we also consult and share our experiences in cross-cultural relationship development strategies.

Please feel free to explore the different ways you can participate in our work below. We always welcome new friends and are excited to collborate with you!

Community Relationship Development

Developing relationships between local and international communities is imperative to creating lasting impact in our own lives and in the world.

Though our Sister Community program, we connect our communities across borders to collaborate on projects, pariticpate in building sustainable alternative economic models, and build lasting relationships.

Schools, churches, coffee shops, coffee roasters, community centers and local small businesses are all part of our 1HC family. Be one of our 1HC Sister Comunities! 

Sustainable & Organic Products

Through our partnerships with the Yomol A’tel Cooperative and Innisor International, we have access to individual orders and wholesale accounts for the products from our friends in the Tseltal-Maya community in Chiapas! These products include artisanal organic single-origin coffee, organic sustainable honey, organic handmade soaps, and handmade embroidery.

Solidarity Education Program

Common Grounds is a new education initiative that centers learning in the context of a solidarity field-to-cup coffee economy. Learning-by-doing takes place in “field classrooms” and focuses on collaborative inquiry, building local and global relationships, solving real world challenges, and participating in an alternative economic model seeking to create a more inclusive, just, and sustainable world. We collborate with High Schools, Universities, and Homeschool Cooperatives to create a program that works best for the community. 

The ‘Good Life’ Project

The Tseltal worldview of lequil cuxlejalil (good life) for the entire community is the primary goal of the work and projects of this community. They are facing significant political and economic tension and transition – a historical and critical tipping point that can lead either to the path of agency and autonomy, or the systematic dismantling of their culture as a result of extreme poverty and forced migration.

This collection of photography seeks to explore the resilience, beauty, and ingenuity of the Tseltal-Maya people and their cultural – to highlight all that perseveres and what we can learn from their journey.