Archive | January, 2013


Meet Ellie, Volunteer Coordinator

Position: Volunteer Coordinator Time with Common Hope: 6 months Fave Guatemala cuisine: Everyone’s favorite! Pepian #1 Travel Essential: A good book How did you come to volunteer here at Common Hope? I arrived in Guatemala almost a year before I joined Common Hope. I barely spoke a word of Spanish and had only intended to […]

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Measuring the effect of books and words

Perhaps the single best predictor of a child’s success in school is the number of words he or she knows. The greater a child’s vocab, the better a child does academically and, later on, professionally. This is a key understanding of our reading promotion initiative, which helps parents develop their children’s vocabulary before they get […]

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3,268 bags of school supplies

It’s the season of school supply days for Common Hope. Students come to collect all the pencils, books, and other supplies they’ll need for the new school year, which begins in early February. Over four days in four different communities (Antigua, San Rafael, San Miguel Milpas Altas, and New Hope), 3,268 students came to pick […]

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Bake sale for Guatemala

Preschool students from SCOPE Academy in Ohio recently put on a bake sale to raise money for children in San Rafael. Anne Reiman, a teacher and former volunteer for Common Hope in Guatemala, worked with her class to raise money on behalf of Susana, the Guatemalan student that Anne sponsors. With their bake sale, the […]

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