The Jotay: Acting Together Program is a manifestation of the initiative “Getting Our ACT Together” (GOAT), promoted by eight European members of ACT Alliance (Joint Action by Churches). The GOAT initiative seeks to strengthen synergies among the European ecumenical members of the ACT Global Alliance. The program Jotay: ACTing Together was created in Guatemala with the active collaboration of the following five organizations: Norwegian Church Aid, Christian Aid, Church of Sweden, Bread for the World, and the Lutheran World Federation.
Its shared foundation is its ecumenical identity. It aims to mobilize and foster faith-based civilian leadership to promote human rights in Guatemala and to challenge underlying facets of social injustice, especially gendered violence.
The program will add value and increase impact through synergies, efficiencies, greater inter-institutional understanding, and the elimination of duplication. Joint action entails shared responsibility of the program as a whole and endeavors to relate the work in Guatemala with the processes that this group of ecumenical agencies promotes in Central America.
The work is based on a human rights focus and is sensitive to gender equality. Its interventions aim to promote actions that are ethically appropriate and politically relevant, in order to prevent conflict and avoid harm, ensuring accompaniment that in turn guarantees quality and accountability. The Jotay: ACTing Together program embraces the following values: the integrity of creation and life, respect, dignity, equality, freedom, collectivity, solidarity, justice, and peace.
Based on our ecumenical identity, we support people in organizing, empowering, and reclaiming their rights to sustainable development and the promotion of justice and equality, from the local to the international level.
We yearn for a world in peace, with justice, freedom, and equality; and we yearn for a Guatemala where peoples, communities, and individuals live with dignity and in harmony with nature, promote democracy, and build their coexistence by respecting diversity and differences.