CX donated land & band instruments

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:40 AM

CX donated land


Your help has a tremendous impact

Julio E. Batres, Director of Casa Xelaju donated band instruments to Canton Vela’s elementary school in the summer of 2009 and 2011.



Instruments, land donation, and building a library.

In 2005, Casa Xelaju donated a piece of land to Canton Francisco Vela, San Felipe, Retalhuleu. Canton Vela is a rural peasant community of 3,000 people located at the beginning of the mountains in the state of Retalhuleu.

The purpose of this donation was to build a public library for the elementary school and the community along with a sports facility to play basketball, volleyball, and inside soccer (Papi Futbol).

One of Casa Xelaju’s s primary objectives is to carry out development projects for people in need in Guatemala and to help groups that are struggling to improve their communities. The relationship between Canton Vela and Casa Xelaju has strong roots because our director, Julio E. Batres was born in this community. For this reason, Casa Xelaju decided to work with this community as his way of giving back.

Partial view of the basketball, volleyball, and inside soccer field.

In the middle of 2006, the community with the help of the state and national government built a sports facility where locals could play basketball, volleyball, and inside soccer.

The impact of this facility on the community was magic. Hundreds of children and teens began playing basketball and volleyball in the afternoons seven days a week.

Without a doubt, the biggest impact in the community has been the inside soccer tournaments which started in 2007. Dozens of inside soccer teams from the community and other communities started playing four times a week from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. In a rural community like Canton Vela, there is nothing to do after 7:00 PM.  However, the soccer tournaments have created new excitement and entertainment for locals. Hundreds of residents watch the games every night. Una gran fiesta deportiva cada noche.

Electronic Library

Last year, the community with the help of the national government, built a two-room facility. The purpose of this building was to serve a public library. However, the grant for the public library never made it to the community. As a result it, the building is empty.

Casa Xelaju strongly believes that education is a powerful tool to liberate people from poverty. For that reason, Casa Xelaju has decided to help the community with the construction of an electronic public library.  Last year, Casa Xelaju purchased 15 computers for this project.  These computers are still in our office in Minneapolis, MN.

We need to send these computers (small cases, 6 pounds) to Guatemala. We are appealing for solidarity from our students to help carry one of these computers to Guatemala. We can ship it to your home address in the USA if you are willing to help with the transportation.

We are also in need of monetary donations to install the hardware to connect to the internet via satellite.

If you have an old 15 or 17 inches LCD monitor, printer, PS2 keywords, or mice that you do not use anymore, the community would be very happy to accept these as a donation.

We are hoping that we will be able to complete the electronic library by the end of this summer (2008).

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.


This building will be used as the E-Library of Canon Vela

Help for the School Band

Julio E. Batres, Director of Casa Xelaju donated trumpets, saxophones, tubas, clarinets, French horns, clarinets to Canton Vela’s elementary school in the summer of 2009. This instrument had been requested by the teachers in order to help the school band. Julio E. Batres told the teachers that a trombone would be donated to the school in the near future.

(All photos by Jaime Fernandez)

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