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Guatemala Update: March 2015

Welcome New Office Manager:
Ljay Farris 

Xela AID is thrilled to announce the addition of our newest employee, Ljay Farris.

Ljay will serve as the Office Manager for our Long Beach office. She comes to us with years of experience in office administration along with a great deal of experience in accounting. 

"I am so excited to be a part of this incredible organization. My goal at Xela AID is to help everyone get a better grip on their time and contribute my past administrative and accounting experience," says Ljay. 

Fun facts about Ljay: Her full name is Lon'je, she loves classical music, and she is an avid coupon collector. 

A Note from Our Executive Director

It is a joy and a great satisfaction to do this work. We invite you to join us. If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Leslie Baer Dinkel 
Executive Director
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is:
What are you doing
for others?" 
- Martin Luther King Jr.
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Xela AID Named Sponsor of "La Verne FRESH" Old Town Certified Farmers Market

Grand Opening Slated for Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8 a.m.
We are proud to announce that Xela AID has been named the official sponsor of the La Verne FRESH Old Town Certified Farmers Market. The Grand Opening for the Farmers Market is slated for 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015, with a ribbon cutting event at 10 a.m. 

The market is expected to attract a wide variety of comers from La Verne and nearby communities, and over time, to welcome regular attendees at a time they may not have otherwise have visited. 

"We intend to make La Verne FRESH an exceptional Certified farmers market that residents, business owners, local chefs, University of La Verne students and others in the area will make a part of their weekly routine," says Market Manager Oscar De León.

"Xela AID is delighted to be able to partner with the City of La Verne, La Verne Business Improvement District, and Market Manager Oscar de León to create this very special market that will benefit both residents and visitors of the area and the people that Xela AID serves," says Leslie Baer Dinkel, Xela AID's Executive Director. 

We look forward to seeing some of you at the Grand Opening event on April 18, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up for e-mail updates about the market and valuable coupons, click

Ferocious Wind Storm Hits San Martín Chiquito

A massive wind storm struck San Martín Chiquito early last week leaving many homes severely damaged. 

"This is unlike any wind storm we've seen before. Roofs have been torn, trees have been flattened, and many of our past construction projects have been damaged," says Luis de León, Xela AID's Director in Guatemala. 

Two of the homes constructed by previous Xela AID volunteer groups for families in extreme poverty have suffered damage, specifically to their roofs (pictured).

"While most materials have been salvaged, the estimated cost for repairs is about $2,000. We plan to make repairs to these homes on our upcoming trip in March if possible," says Xela AID's CFO and Construction Manager, Mel Dinkel. 

For those wishing to help make the repairs possible, visit our
online donation page and select a donation amount under the Emergency Fund Donation line. Or, you can mail us a check directly to: Xela AID, 111 W. Ocean Blvd. 4th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802. Thank you for your support for these families.
Our mailing address is:
Local Hope - Guatemala's Xela AID Partnerships For Self Reliance
16585 Pacific Coast Hwy #1194
Sunset Beach, CA 90742

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