We arrived at Guatemala early in the morning, and had breakfast. Right afterwards, we headed to the “Procurador de Derechos Humanos” or Ombudsman’s office, which has the job of trying to get the government to protect the rights of the people.
The morning after we arrived, we drove to Xela (Quetzaltenango) and met with a representative of Xela Aid, a non-profit that works to help with economic development in the areas in the countryside around Xela. These young men were returning from a morning of helping their parents in the field.
These women told us about some of the agricultural, medical and other projects Xela Aid is promoting. It is impressive how far a few dollars of contribution can go to making life healthier and safer in the poor areas of Guatemala.