You can help improve the lives of those in need in Guatemala by volunteering with Xela AID year-round, and in some cases, from the comfort of your own home. Here are some ideas for the range of ways you can help, and contact information:
Plan a Fundraising Dinner, Talk, Concert Weaving Sale...
The Directors of Xela AID and past participants are available to make presentations that feature a short introductory film, and/or PowerPoint presentation about the project and its life-saving and enriching development work in Guatemala. We sometimes receive visitors from Guatemala who can present with us, or join us for talks.
We often have one-of-a-kind weavings or other items made in Guatemala on hand that can be brought to sell. Donations from your event will be used to carry on the important work of Xela AID, and may be fully tax deductible.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Leslie Baer Dinkel.
Collect Materials and Assemble Infant Packs
In the San Martín Sacatepequez area of the highlands of Guatemala, more than 80 percent of the populace live with limited access to potable water and medical care. With unemployment that has topped 80 percent, simply feeding a family is a top priority, and much else is considered a luxury.
Many children are born to already burgeoning families, and it is common for an infant to be clothed in no more than the cloth it was received in for many weeks after birth. Thanks to the efforts of local Xela AID volunteers, infant receiving packs have, since 2003, been delivered regularly to new parents in an around San Martín Sacatepequez, the "county" that is home to Xela AID's June Russel Glennon Clinic.
These lovely little packs, fully contained in large-sized zip-lock bags, contain a receiving blanket, cloth diaper, safety pins, socks, soft shoes, a unisex jumper, cap, soap and other combinations of items that are rarely available for new infants in this very poor highlands area.
For more information or to assist with collecting items and assembling these packs, contact us.
• Spread the Word
• Support one of our projects through a contribution, or upcycle a used cell phone or vehicle (visit Donate, then scroll to the bottom of the page).
Tell People About Xela AID, and That We Can Use Their Help
You can help support Xela AID’s work to remove obstacles to learning and transform poverty to abundance by referring people to the project—tell them about our Clinic, our PEX Educational Sponsorship program, our pre-school, weaving and midwives cooperative, trips and other volunteer opportunities.They may want to support one of the projects, or sign on with us for a Mission Trip. You can refer people to contact us at that link about how they can help.
Sign Up, then Forward Our Electronic Newsletter to Friends
A newsletter delivered directly to your email address will tell you about what we're doing in Guatemala. Sign up on our Home page by using the tab above, left, to get there. You can also pass the newsletter along to your friends individually, or share over your social networks. They can opt in or out at any time.
Maybe you have a special way you would like to help. We'd love to hear from you. To share your ideas, contact us and someone will get back to you promptly.