Archive | December, 2009

Tired, cold from the rain, but laughing and dancing

On behalf of Common Hope’s National Team, Sandra Ortiz, Antigua Programs Director, wrote a thank-you to Common Hope’s Antigua staff for their efforts during yesterday’s Basket Day. The day, when affiliated families came to receive a Christmas gift of foodstuffs and a few household items, was conducted amidst a cold and unseasonal rainstorm. Despite this, […]

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A Christmas gift

Mercedes Morales (right), is retiring after 9 years with Common Hope.  So this Christmas basket day, in addition to wishing families a Merry Christmas, she has the chance to say goodbye to the many people who’s lives she’s touched over the years.

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Our cultural exchange comes full circle

As a part of the duties of her Human Resource Director position, Lisa Hetzel interacts with many English-speaking volunteers who are exploring Guatemala. Lisa says that while exploring Latin America is not always an easy endeavor, it is often much more accessible than the reverse — when Latin Americans look for experiences to explore the […]

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Q and A with sponsorship

Last Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article entitled “Where do funds go in support-a-child charities?” with recommendations for determining how your donations will be used by a sponsorship organization. Below are Common Hope’s answers to the recommended questions: • Are the children in the fundraising materials actual children or models? All of the […]

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Enjoying the library

Maryann, a short-term volunteer at our Antigua site, took this picture of children enjoying the library last week. I thought it was a fun window into life at the Antigua site. Maryann said the kids were much less serene several days later, after enjoying several pieces of cake at her going away party. But thankfully, […]

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