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Spring Arbor University social work intern, Dayanara, reflects on her experience

“To be in the work of opportunity” Common Hope had the privilege of hosting Dayanara Dennis, a student from Spring Arbor University, for a three month internship in Guatemala. She first came to Guatemala in 2015 on a semester abroad program to study Spanish and fell in love with the country and the people and […]

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The first library opens in San Rafael and is an incredible gift to the community

  Fostering a culture of reading among our students and families continues to be a priority for Common Hope. Although students might read in the classroom, very few young people in Guatemala read for pleasure. Even if students have the desire to read, there are almost no libraries where students can borrow books. According to […]

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Social workers & youth impact communities by raising awareness of domestic violence

The Common Hope social work department recently partnered with the youth program to give theatrical presentations about domestic violence, in all its forms – physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, and economic – in the community of Ciudad Vieja. Domingo Tzorín and Romelia Porón, social workers at Common Hope, understand that domestic violence is prevalent in many families. They […]

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Preparing young ones for scholarly success in San Rafael

Every year, about one in three Guatemalan children fail first grade. Many of these students come from impoverished homes of parents with little education, most of whom are unable to provide their children with adequate stimulation—the lack of which delays their development and puts them at higher risk of failing once they do start school. This […]

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CH staff member participates in social work exchange with Boston hospital

  Each year, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliated hospital in Boston, offers a week-long social work exchange with a different NGO. Susan Larrabee, who volunteered with Common Hope in 2012 and 2013 and currently works at the hospital, made a trip to Guatemala to interview several candidates. One of the candidates was […]

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