Archive | February, 2011

Housewarming with Constru Casa

Last Friday, Common Hope celebrated the housewarming of the 25 homes built by Constru Casa last year, 19 in partnership with Common Hope. Adolfo Vivar, the mayor of Antigua, was there to thank the nonprofits involved. The group also heard from Caroline van Heerde, Constru Casa Director; Sandra Ortiz, Antigua Programs Director; and a representative […]

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Meet Ligia Pol, education promoter

Education promoters are on the front lines of Common Hope’s latest initiative to provide greater educational opportunities for Guatemalan children. Ligia Pol’s work day starts early. She wakes at 5:30 a.m. to prepare classroom materials before catching a ride into San Rafael an hour later.  Arriving at school around 7:30 a.m., Ligia greets all 15 […]

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Youth Programs kick off the school year with a full schedule of activities

The Antigua Youth Support program has kicked off the new school year, and over the past few weeks students have participated in a variety of different activities aimed at improving grades, lessening the probability of drop-outs, and increasing self-esteem and critical thinking abilities. In addition to the ongoing weekly youth group activities, students now also […]

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Junior high attendance jumps in San Rafael

by Rocio Gonzalez, Satellite Coordinator For the first time, the junior high in San Rafael needs more desks! They have more students this year, and this is the first time they have asked for more desks since we have been in San Rafael. Before, there were always extras. So we gave them 10 second-hand desks […]

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