Xela AID understands that education is key to overcoming poverty. We also know that children who are hungry or sick cannot learn, nor can they attend school if their parents have insufficient income and need them to work in the field. That's why Xela AID pursues an integrated approach to making education possible, and to overcoming poverty through creating lasting solutions that remove obstacles to learning.
Xela AID’s Integrated Education Programs
Xela AID works to ensure educational access for children in grades K-12, leadership training for teens to 21, women’s empowerment through literacy training, wrap-around health services, clean environment projects (current focus: water), and microbusiness loans—all of this, to remove obstacles to education.
In Guatemala, Xela AID is headquartered in San Martín Chiquito outside Quetzaltenango, or Xela (Shay-la) Guatemala. Stateside, our office is on Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach.
Xela AID’s programs serve more than 10,000 people each year, with our Education Programs currently serving more than 1,000 students. During two decades of operation, these programs have increased the number of girls studying from just 2% 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).
In Guatemala there are seven Xela AID staff members who run the day-to-day activities of Xela AID’s six Education Programs serving 19 communities in the San Martin Chile Verde area of the Guatemalan highlands:
San Martín Tots Preschool (ages 2-5), a partnership with The First Lady of Guatemala, serving 35 children each weekday.
Work Study Scholarship Program (K-College), matching youth who wish to realize their dreams through education while giving back through tutoring and other work study, serving nearly 150 children.
Centro de Estudios (Study Center – all school-aged children), helping dozens of young people each week who are struggling in one or more subjects.
Leaders in Action (ages 14-21), including 35 top-performing students from 19 schools in the region who commit to a two-year program of skill-building and service to their community.
“Project Connect” Computer Labs, the only internet-connected computer for students within a 10-mile radius connecting hundreds of youth with the outside world.
Karen Edwards Women’s Empowerment Program, serving up to 55 adult women each week who are becoming self-reliant and building their self-esteem by learning to read and write, to sew and build other marketable skills.
In additional, Xela AID works closely with local schools, creating a fully integrated education suite of which our Work Study Scholarship Program (WSS) is central.