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Antigua’s grand Holy Week celebrations

It is Holy Week, or Semana Santa, and as many of you know this is a great time of celebration in Guatemala. But perhaps you didn’t know just how big. According to Elizabeth Bell in Revue Magazine, Antigua, Guatemala recently passed Seville, Spain for having the largest Easter Week celebration! The Antigua Guatemala Facebook page has […]

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Pool Party

Summer day fun

Our program staff know how to make the most of beautiful weather to give kids a great time. Last year they created a homespun water park at our Antigua site that was a real hit with the youth program. This week the Antigua preschool celebrated summer in Guatemala with a pool party (above). And, the […]

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Jack and Linda Smith

Volunteers help build leadership skills of our staff

What influenced your decision to mentor Common Hope’s leadership staff? After participating in and then leading a Vision Team, we wanted to continue and strengthen our ties to Common Hope. We are impressed with the “self-help” model that Common Hope uses and the skills and talents of the employees––particularly the fact that almost all of the […]

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Momentum for high school success builds with career workshops

Last year we celebrated our first group of high school graduates from San Miguel Milpas Altas, eight young adults with the skills for professional careers. This year, we expect to double that, with 16 students on the path to graduating. A series of workshops for junior high students strives to continue building on that momentum. […]

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Angel with Students

Meet Angel, our newest education promoter

Angel Cubur Perez, new education promoter in Guardiania El Hato, walked down a corridor on a recent school day with Erin Treinen, our Guatemala Communications Officer. Chatter and giggles floated out of a noisy classroom, then a tambourine sounded. The classroom quieted down immediately. Angel had to smile. This was a clear example of our […]

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On Your Marks

Track and field day

This March we had a track and field day for youth from all four communities we serve: New Hope, San Rafael, San Miguel Milpas Altas, and the Antigua valley. Youth competed in relay races as well as soccer and basketball tournaments. For the first time this year, teams were integrated across all sites so kids […]

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