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Review for Local Hope Guatemala / Xela AID Partnerships for Self Reliance, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As Board Member of Local Hope Guatemala/Xela Aid, I am always amazed at the ingenuity and high standards kept for our organization in the US and in Guatemala. We just returned from a trip to Peru, where it had been planned to not only enjoy this beautiful country but also help share some supplies for the school children in the communities where we were visiting. Even the lodge we stayed at in the Amazon jungle had been picked because it supports a local clinic and school and our dollars would be going to a greater cause. We had been hesitant to travel during this time and all precautions were taking by our group taking temperatures, O2 Sat levels and quick symptoms questionnaire. The people and staff of everywhere we visited were always masked and very conscious no to spread the virus with a diligence I wish we had here in the USA! We were overwhelmed by the gratitude of the people for coming and helping to revive their economy since they had suffered such immense financial and health loss with minimal to no governmental support for the poor of the country. Oxygen had even run out for the hospitals. Most of the vendors I interacted with had lost family members to the virus due to lack of medical support. Knowing that I am vaccinated and feeling well the entire trip and able to help bring hope of a economical stimulation for these people was just one of the incredible benefits of traveling with this group that prioritizes people over profits.

Role:  Board Member