We hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July celebrations with family and friends. Did you know that September 15th is Guatemalan Independence Day? Since it falls on a Saturday this year, we think it is a perfect day to celebrate Guatemalan culture and combine it with a celebration of the work of Common Hope.
Guatemalans commemorate their independence from Spanish colonial rule with celebrations of all kinds. A running of the torch and music fills the streets of Antigua and small villages around the country. We’re asking families, schools and groups of supporters to organize events all over the United States. Participants will have a chance to share their creative ideas and photos on our website.
Here are a few ideas of events you could organize:
- Invite friends and family to a running of the torch relay race. Order small Guatemalan flags or make your own to be used in place of a torch. Tell participants about Common Hope and ask them to consider sponsoring a child.
- Soccer, or fútbol as it is called in Guatemala, is a game most children love to play in their villages. In honor of this favorite pastime, organize a neighborhood soccer game. Order Guatemalan soccer shirts or serve tamarind, a Guatemalan punch, between periods. Have pictures of kids available to sponsor.
- Prepare a Guatemalan meal to share with friends. Decorate your yard with tiki torches to represent the running of the independence torch. Guatemalan chef and Common Hope supporter, Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, has lots of easy recipes on her website.
- Get the kids involved in creating a backyard carnival celebration. Activity ideas: a table with materials to make Guatemalan worry dolls, a cake walk where each step has a different fact about Guatemala, or a lemonade stand with proceeds benefiting unsponsored children.
- Have a piñata-making day and invite classmates and their parents over for a fun afternoon. You can learn how to make one here. Tell your guests about why you support Common Hope and ask them to join you in helping kids receive an education.
Finding sponsors is always our most important goal, but spreading the word or gathering one-time donations for the children who are still waiting for sponsors is always appreciated, too. Families hosting events will receive a special thank you from Guatemala!
Join a free webinar (by computer or phone) on August 15 at 5 p.m. to learn more and see if you too can get involved. For more information and ideas, download this information packet. Please contact Mary Horan via email with questions or to sign up for the webinar.