Mission: We empower children and their families to break the cycle of poverty and to live healthier, more abundant lives.
Results: A sampling. Since its inception in 1992, our Work-Study Program has:
> Increased the number of years the average child is in school from just 3 years to 11
> Increased the percentage of girls in the program from just 2% to 53%
> Vastly outperformed the norm for children without assistance: 90% of our sponsored students stay in school through age 16 vs. just 3.3% without assistance, and 100% leave our program literate vs. 40%* in the general populace (*WHO 2013 report).
> Produced San Martín Chiquito's FIRST college graduates (3), and we've only just begun: There are more than EIGHTY children now sponsored and in school, following in the footsteps of these determined children!
> Our health programs serve more than 10,000 people each year
> Our preschool educates and feeds approximately 35 children five days a week
> Our Tesoros del Corazón Fair Trade Weaving Cooperative is preserving the ancient tradition of backstrap weaving while helping to feed and cloth a dozen families
> Our Leaders in Action training program is preparing 20 youth each year to take leadership roles in their communities, and the world
> Our Karen Edwards Women's Empowerment Project has made it possible for several dozen women to become literate, and continues to work to free women from the chains of illiteracy
> Our Micro-loan program has already funded the start-up of three successful small businesses!
> Our Dignified Housing Program has made it possible to families to recover their health, and their hope
> Our Volunteer Program has made it possible for more than 1,200 people to experience the joy of service to others...
For more information, visit us at http://www.xelaaid.org
Target demographics: impoverished children and families who seek to become highly productive and self sufficient
Geographic areas served: Current: Guatemalan Highlands
Programs: health care, preschool, work-study scholarships k-college, adult literacy, study center/tutoring, leadership training, micro-loans, support to a fair-trade weaving cooperative and more!
My husband and I signed up for the March 2015 Guatemala trip with XelaAid. Wow what a wonderful experience. We have traveled extensively to many countries but this was the all time best trip we ever had. Starting out knowing only one other person we became instant friends with 14 others. Leslie and Mel really know how to run the most organized, fun, heartwarming trip you will ever be on. There is nothing they can't handle or work out. The "work" was a blast and and so rewarding. XelaAid is the best thing that has ever happened to us. And should you have any questions feel free to contact us.