Founded in the state of Chiapas in February of 1997, Melel Xojobal took its name from the Tsotsil language, translating into “True light.” In its formative years, Melel Xojobal focused on providing educational programs for street children. Since then Melel Xojobal has expanded its mission to focus on defending the rights of marginalized and at-risk indigenous youth. It believes in the promotion of five core youth rights that directly affect the quality of life of indigenous youth in Chiapas: health, education, protection from all types of abuse, decent work, and freedom of expression and association.
EMpower’s first grant to Melel Xojobal, A.C. helps the organization with operational costs as well as aiding in the planning and implementation of projects by and for girls and adolescents with whom they work. This grant was made in collaboration with the Stars Foundation as part of the With and For Girls Collective.
Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.