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Highlights from this year’s graduation celebration

This year, we celebrated as 147 students achieved their goal of graduation. For many, it was an emotional celebration as they reflected on all of the obstacles that they had to overcome. As they walked down the Pathway of Dreams in their caps and gowns, their smiles signified the hope of a bright future filled with open doors. A […]

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Math can be Fun! Conference helps teachers learn to make math fun and more understandable.

Teachers2Teachers-International and the Sacatepéquez State Education Department helped Common Hope sponsor its first-ever conference for primary school educators on teaching math. Program staff from Antigua, New Hope, and other educational non-profits were invited, along with representatives from all six of Common Hope’s Partner Schools. There were 125 educators in attendance for the two-day conference. The […]

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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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The hospitality team takes a break from the office to work construction for a week

Last week, our hospitality staff in Guatemala traded in their computers and office supplies for hammers and shovels, working alongside our construction staff in an effort to provide new homes for our families! Development & hospitality manager, Erin Treinen, explains that the construction staff at Common Hope needed help because there were many families who had […]

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A small town in South Dakota has a big heart for our mission

Frederick, South Dakota, a small town of roughly 250 residents, is home to a group of people who are making a difference for our families in Guatemala. Teresa Hermodson-Olsen, our Sponsorship Coordinator in the St. Paul office, traveled there last month to get the word out about Common Hope, child sponsorship and our 2015 School Supply […]

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Photos from School Supply Days in Guatemala

In mid January, Common Hope held the annual Días de Útiles, or School Supply Days, in San Rafael, San Miguel Milpas Altas, New Hope and Antigua. Each year, Common Hope provides approximately 3,300 school supply bags, which contain everything children need for the school year–that’s about 12,000 pencils, 3,400 pairs of scissors and 19,200 pens! The combined […]

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