Archive | March, 2013

The jacaranda tree is in bloom

It is the season of the jacaranda tree in Guatemala. Also the mango, bougainvillea, cashew fruit, and a salty, dried fish that people eat during Semana Santa. The jacaranda tree only flowers for a few months every year, yet it is always in bloom for Semana Santa, or Holy Week. It matches the purple robes […]

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Committed to my small part of his story

Mara Hennen, Common Hope Accounting Manager, is in Guatemala this week. Below, she reflects on her third visit with Pablo, her sponsored student. By my third visit with Pablo, things felt familiar. Pablo was smiling widely when I arrived. His mom showed us the kitchen they added on to their block house, as well as […]

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Committed to my small part of his story

Mara Hennen, Common Hope Accounting Manager, is in Guatemala this week. Below, she reflects on her third visit with Pablo, her sponsored student. By my third visit with Pablo, things felt familiar. Pablo was smiling widely when I arrived. His mom showed us the kitchen they added on to their block house, as well as […]

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New library for New Hope

“I’ve always believed we plant seeds during our lives, in the things we do, though we may not see them bear fruit,” says Jacqueline Figueroa, reading and creativity promoter. At the inauguration of the renovated New Hope library, she says, “I got to see the impact we can have.” Former students at the celebration, now […]

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A special kind of birthday gift

For her ninth birthday, Aleah asked for a special kind of gift: school supplies for Common Hope students in Guatemala. Aleah and her family started this tradition a few years ago: every other year for her birthday, she asks for donations to a cause of her choice. Aleah was born in Guatemala and adopted when […]

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Meet Teresa, youth program volunteer

Name: Teresa Hermodson-Olsen Position: Youth Program Support Staff Time with Common Hope: 6 months Favorite Guatemalan cuisine: Anything Vinicio, Doña Oli and Teresa (Common Hope kitchen staff) make for lunch #1 Travel Essential: Camera and journal How did you come to volunteer here at Common Hope? It has been a bit of a lifetime journey […]

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