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Guatemala Update: November 2015
"I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy." 
- Kahlil Gibran

Give for Good!


Gifting Cards
and unique merchandise and hand-made treasures from Xela AID's Marketplace are perfect for family and friends who would appreciate their gift helping others! A Xela AID gift will help children and families overcome the stranglehold of poverty and become healthier and more prosperous all year 'round! CLICK HERE to shop for good! 

Calling All Xela AID Angels!

Do you currently sponsor a child in our Work Study Scholarship (WSS) program? If you do, we call you a "Xela AID Angel." Interested in connecting more with your sponsored child? Good news! Simply e-mail a note for your student with student name and ID number in the Subject to the following e-mail address: It will be passed along to your student as soon as possible.Tell them about your family, send photos, or simply say hello! All communication from sponsors is encouraged. Questions?  
How can you become a Xela AID Angel? Easy! Click the button below to see all the children who are on our waiting list to be sponsored. You can make a difference in a child's life by helping him or her accomplish their dreams!
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Follow Xela AID on Linked In!

Xela AID is now on Linked In, and is eligible for a grant. We need to build up our following to several hundred! If you’re a member of Linked In, please click the Linked In photo above to get to our new page, then click the "Follow" button. When we post, please Like, Comment and Share... just like on Facebook. It only takes a minute. Thank you for your support! 
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Join Us on a Volunteer Trip!

while making a difference in another’s life!
Our 2016 volunteer trips are now open for registration. There are seven trips slated, with three trips open to the public. You’ll have the opportunity to work side by side with the people of San Martín Chiquito. Come teach English, build, do art projects with children, teach knitting, work with our medical team or undertake another project that takes advantage of your skills. A single volunteer week could change a life forever – including yours! Don’t miss this heartwarming experience. CLICK HERE to check out our 2016 dates and to get more information about what you can expect. E-mail with any additional questions.
Photo above: Volunteer with adult students after their women's literacy class.

Congrats Grads and WSS Sponsors! 

Congratulations are in order for some amazing school graduates,and thanks to their sponsors. From preschool to college level, these students have worked hard to meet goals, giving them the chance to move on bigger and better opportunities. However, before they move on they must be celebrated along with their Xela AID sponsors who helped them meet their goals! The preschoolers were given a cheerful graduation ceremony at Xela AID's San Martín Tots preschool which was filled with balloons and streamers. Dressed in caps and gowns they accepted their individual diplomas and posed for photos. The college graduates, Alicia Lucía de León Lopez (sponsor Marisa Grimes) and Luis Miguel López Vásquez (sponsor Frank Long, Leslie Baer Dinkel and Mel Dinkel) earned degrees in education to become teachers. Keep up the hard work students, and a thousand thanks sponsors! Photo above: Xela AID San Martin tot accepting his preschool diploma.

Xela AID Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness 

During October Xela AID recognized breast cancer survivors, fighters, and the ones who have lost the battle. Xela AID welcomed retired nurse and breast cancer survivor Yolanda Gonzalez to speak. She was kind enough to share her story and bring awareness to the people of San Martín. Her strength is inspiring women and men in the community to get regular checkups in order to live healthier lives. A special thanks to Ms. Gonzalez for sharing such an intimate life experience for the betterment of the San Martín community. Photo above: Yolanda Gonzalez sharing her battle with breast cancer story with a group of men and women at the Xela AID clinic in Guatemala.

End-of-Year Gifts to Xela AID of Appreciated Stock or
Mutual Funds Have Numerous Benefits

Xela AID can now receive gifts of appreciated stock and mutual funds.
It’s a gift that benefits you three times!
(1) You avoid paying capital gains
tax on the appreciation; (2) you get
a donation credit for the full current value of the stock or mutual fund; AND (3) you have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift will be put to work for good!
Call Mel Dinkel at (714) 322-0974 to initiate a stock or mutual fund gift or for more information, or email him at
Stay tuned for more updates next month!
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Local Hope - Guatemala's Xela AID Partnerships For Self Reliance
16585 Pacific Coast Hwy #1194
Sunset Beach, CA 90742

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