Mission & values

Mission Statement

Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, health care, and housing.

Enduring Values

  • Maintain an environment of openness, honesty, and integrity.
  • Respect and honor the rich cultural heritage of all people.
  • Surround ourselves with dedicated people who are passionate about our mission.
  • Encourage and support each other’s personal growth and development.
  • Work as a team to create organizational and individual strength.
  • Hold one another accountable, while granting each other the trust and freedom to accomplish our mission.
  • Seek long-term progress over short-term comfort.
  • Innovate creatively, and take calculated risks to explore new development strategies.
  • Fearlessly seek the truth by listening openly and analyzing our work.
  • Be deliberate in our planning, while remaining open to grasp unexpected opportunities.
  • Eagerly adapt to the changing world, while remaining true to our core values.
  • Encourage participation by doing only that which people cannot do for themselves.
  • Work peacefully to raise public awareness of injustice in our world.
  • Use our human, financial, and physical resources wisely.
  • Have faith in the future.

Envisioned Future

  • Continually enhance our human development philosophy to become more effective.
  • Develop a dependable and broad base of financial support that enables us to reach out to more people.
  • Establish efficient support systems that allow us to expand our work.
  • Manage our growth to serve as many people as possible, while maintaining the good work that has already been established.
  • Change whenever the depth and quality of our work can be improved.
  • Share our knowledge generously, and partner with others who hold similar values.

Political Statement

To ensure the safety of its staff and the families served by Common Hope, we are not politically active in the United States or Guatemala.

There is a difference between charity and justice.  Justice is deeper.  It works toward making systemic change that eliminates the causes of poverty.  Our primary work is in Guatemala, where we attack poverty at its roots without becoming politically active.  In developed countries, Common Hope educates people about their role in creating poverty, as well as their responsibility and power to eliminate it.

While we respect those who work for political justice, our role is to work from the bottom up. We believe that true development and justice primarily happen through solid personal relationships.

Our hope is that each person discovers some way to improve our world.

Spirituality Statement

Common Hope welcomes anyone willing to serve the poor, and we serve those living in poverty without regard to religion. Although Common Hope was founded on Christian ideals, we believe that people of different faith traditions can join together in service and can live their spirituality without proselytizing.

Our vision and philosophy are based on spiritual principles. We honor all beliefs that lead people to health. We embrace spiritual values such as hope, forgiveness, compassion, respect, love, service, and the pursuit of peace.

Common Hope recognizes that people, whatever their belief, are equal and deserve respect. We value the strength that diversity offers, and acknowledge that we are all connected.

If we respect those we serve, we must allow them the freedom to develop their own spirituality. We recognize that their poverty is physical, and they are often desperate for the services we provide. We recognize that our physical wealth gives us power, and it would be abusive to use this power to dictate belief.

If we respect those we serve, we acknowledge that they have gifts to share with us. Perhaps we can learn from the deep faith they have developed in facing death and hardship on a daily basis. Perhaps we can grow together in our spirituality.