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Here you'll find information about Local Hope, also known for more than two decades in Guatemala as Xela AID (first word pronounced "Shay-luh"). Learn about how you may be able to partner to promote self reliance in villages in the highlands of Guatemala as part of a model for sustainable community development worldwide. Here, find a snapshot of our OUTCOMES.  

We empower children and their families to break the cycle of poverty and to become healthy, educated and self reliant. / We aspire to ensure that every child in our focus area is educated and every family is safe, healthy, well-nourished, and has opportunities to prosper; and to profoundly enrich the lives of our volunteers.

We provide educational scholarships and partner locally to remove the health, environmental and socio-economic barriers to well-being and learning. We pursue an integrated model of community development, and solutions that are comprehensive, sustainable, scalable and transferable. / We recognize that education is key to overcoming poverty and to creating abundance. Through our work-study program, tutoring, leadership training and programs to remove obstacles to learning, we work to change the world for the better one person at a time.

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Breaking the Cycle: Xela AID at Work (New Video)

San Martín Chiquito in the Guatemalan highlands is home to thousands living in poverty. Here, meet Luci and Juana, two generations of courageous Mayan women who's lives came together vicariously as Luci was escaping abuse, and Juana, abandonment. The two work with Xela AID Partnerships for Self Reliance as they are breaking the cycle of poverty in their lives and the lives of their families. Xela AID's work is made possible by its generous volunteers and supporters. View (10 minutes).
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