A fond farewell to 5 amazing long-term volunteers

From Development & Hospitality Manager, Lisa Hetzel (Para leer en Español, haga click aquí) As we get closer to the end of the year, the time comes to say goodbye to a fabulous group of volunteers… Teresa has left a mark on the youth with her leadership, creativity and artistic abilities. Lauren has been an […]

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Diabetes patients undergo corrective eye surgery

Last month on November 26, eight patients from our diabetes support group traveled five hours to San Cristobal Verapaz for ophthalmological surgery to correct complications due to the progression of their diabetes.  Though Common Hope doesn’t have the resources necessary to perform such a procedure onsite, the clinic director Dr. Walter was able to coordinate […]

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Outstanding volunteers provide support and create memories

Common Hope was fortunate to have received support from dozens of short-term volunteers who worked with us throughout the year. Some stayed for a couple weeks, others for a couple months, but all of them made significant contributions in the areas in which they worked. Thank you to each and every one of you who […]

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A celebration of our 2014 high school graduates

On November 8th, we celebrated graduation with 144 young men and women who achieved their goal of a high school degree—most of them the first in their families to reach that level of education. There are many obstacles that could have stood in the way of these students reaching that goal; fortunately, with support from […]

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An emotional visit 15 years in the making

Toni Pflueger and her daughters Sara and Becky traveled to Antigua earlier this November to attend Common Hope’s graduation ceremony. It was Sara’s second trip to Guatemala, but the first for Toni and Becky. All three felt that attending graduation was an exciting opportunity, one that doesn’t come around often. To make their trip even […]

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Celebrating the first Common Hope graduate from San Rafael

This year’s graduation in Guatemala was a very special time for many, perhaps even more so for Luis Angel Canel Vasquez and his family. Luis is from San Rafael, a predominantly indigenous community where completing junior high is uncommon let alone high school. He is the very first Common Hope student from this community to […]

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