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 Local Hope 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
Local Hope’s programs serve about 6,000 people each year (nearly 20,000 during the 2020 pandemic). During our more than three 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, Local Hope's Xela AID Clinic and headquarters is located in San Martín Chiquito about 30 minutes outside Quetzaltenango, or Xela (Shay-la) Guatemala. Stateside, our office is in Sunset Beach, California.
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