Getting an education and a good job go hand in hand in breaking the cycle of poverty. We also know that children who are hungry or sick can’t learn, and can’t attend school if their parents need them to work in the field to make ends meet. That's why Xela AID pursues integrated solutions to remove obstacles to education. Some of these solutions include health care, mental health care, a pure drinking water/sanitation and hygiene program, emergency services and more.
The Scope of Our Work
Xela AID’s programs serve about 6,000 people each year. During our more than two decades of operation, these programs have increased the number of girls studying from just 4% to more than 50%, and increased the number of years our students remain in school from just four years (age 6-10) to 12 years (age 6-18). We’ve graduated more than 300 children from high school in a region where no high school graduation of an indigenous child was recorded prior to Xela AID’s arrival!
In Guatemala, Xela AID is headquartered in San Martín Chiquito about 30 minutes outside Quetzaltenango, or Xela (Shay-la) Guatemala. Stateside, our office is on Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, California.
Learn More About Us!
“Long Beach Non-Profit helps the rural poor during COVID” (PDF)
Press Telegram • https://www.presstelegram.com/2020/04/06/coronavirus-shutdowns-leave-the-rural-poor-in-guatemala-without-food-so-this-long-beach-nonprofit-is-filling-the-gap/
“Del condado de Orange a las zonas rurales de Guatemala” (PDF)
La Opinion • https://www.msn.com/es-us/news/inmigracion/del-condado-de-orange-a-las-zonas-rurales-de-guatemala/ar-AAHtz3g
“Belmont artist helps to direct coronavirus relief” (PDF)
Belmont Citizen-Harold • https://belmont.wickedlocal.com/news/20200428/belmont-artist-helps-to-direct-coronavirus-relief-operations-in-guatemala
“Self Reliance is the Ultimate Goal” (PDF)
Santa Barbara Independent • https://www.independent.com/2019/10/22/self-reliance-is-ultimate-goal-of-guatemala-aid-organization/
“5 Stars to Local Hope-Xela AID Story” (PDF)
Indie Reader (PDF) • https://indiereader.com/book_review/hope-dancing-finding-purpose-and-a-place-to-serve-among-the-maya/
“Thrive Thursday: Meet Local Hope Executive Director” (PDF)
Lead Up for Women • https://www.leadupforwomen.com/blog/leslie-baer-dinkel-executive-director-local-hope-guatemala
There are currently no Special Events planned. To learn about our Special Events please sign up for our Newsletter.