Archive | November, 2010

A great achievement

“For some people, hearing two five-year old boys share their own interpretations of the pictures they see in a book might sound so simple. But for us, we are with them day after day, always looking for the best way to make them fall in love with school, and this is an achievement that can’t […]

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“Christmas” in San Rafael

Brianna Jensen, long-term volunteer Vision Team coordinator, visited San Rafael with sponsorship staff to hand out Christmas gifts* to sponsored students. She took a number of photographs that helped capture the touching day. Says Brianna, “These are the same kids who asked for beds and sweaters for Christmas a few weeks ago when we went […]

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Preparing for a transition

This week and next about 75 sixth graders from the Antigua area will be attending an orientation put on by Common Hope staff. The orientation is designed to prepare the students for the transition from primary school to junior high. This transition (from sixth to seventh grade) is a critical drop-out juncture for kids in […]

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Dedication of our new library

Common Hope celebrated the inauguration of our newly renovated library on Friday, November 5 along with our partner in the library project, The Riecken Foundation. Jeff Barnes, Common Hope strategic planner, spoke about why we decided to take on this project and why it is so important. One of the most notable reasons, 1 in […]

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98 high school graduates

This Saturday, we celebrated the graduation of 98 high school students — in a country where the average adult has only 5.4 years of education. In addition, 30 students were awarded competitive university scholarships and were honored with a special brunch. And, we celebrated ten sixth grade graduates from the indigenous village of San Rafael, […]

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