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View the presentation from the 2016 luncheon given by Leslie Baer Dinkel, Executive Director of Xela-Aid regarding her organization’s good works in Guatemala.

Xela AID program2016

The following notes are from students who received ICSF scholarships through Xela-Aid in Guatemala.

“It has been a struggle to stay in school, but my mother told me to fight for what I want, and I have. I want to help young people from my culture to make it through high school and get to college, as I have. This is not common for girls or boys from my village. You granted me this help, and I can now see my dream of teaching at an advanced level coming true. I thank you with all my heart. May God bless you, every one!” –Lilian Salazar

 

“Getting a high school diploma was a very big accomplishment. I was the first in my household to do it. But I didn’t want to stop there, and was able to get into college.

“When my father passed away, it became much more difficult to study, as I needed to help support my mother and brothers and sisters. I thought I would have to give up my dream of teaching math and physics and instead work full time. Honestly, I broke down when I thought of quitting school.  Your scholarship came at a critical time. It has made it possible for me to stay in school. Thank you with all my heart, sincerely.”  — Elmer Mendez

 

“A relative of mine had a serious injury when I was a teen, and from the first time I accompanied her to her therapy, I wanted to be a physical therapist. My father told me that “girls don’t become professionals,” and this made it hard for me to believe in myself. But I stayed in school even with pressure to quit, and earned a teaching credential for Kindergarten since teaching school is a profession acceptable for women. But this scholarship changed my father’s mind. I guess he feels that if you believe in me, he should too. Thank you for believing in me! I will continue to do my best.” –Lilian Bahinas

 

“I have always loved to learn. But my brothers had priority, and I wasn’t always sent to school as I was needed to help at home. I had to work hard to catch up. Because I had chores at home after school, I sometimes did my homework in the girl’s bathroom before I went home. Other times, I would do it late at night in very dim light laying in bed. I was determined to stay in school. I was the first person in my family to finish high school, and I screamed out loud when I was accepted at Galileo. My dream is to become a licensed teacher a leader in my community. You have given me that opportunity! Thank you and God Bless You.  –Juana Sales

 

 


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