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Young man with neurological disorder receives specialized care, stays in school

Jose Israel is 13 years old and was born with Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord. When Jose was 4 months old he received an operation to repair the spinal cord, but this caused secondary symptoms of other neurological issues, including deformations […]

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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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Mothers organize Family Fair to promote reading in Santa Catarina

The most crucial and influential years of education occur very early in a child’s life. Unfortunately, many impoverished students are already behind when they begin primary school because they haven´t been exposed to reading. First graders are expected to have basic reading and writing skills by the end of the year, yet one third of […]

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A surprise Skype visit makes a former sponsor’s dream come true

Sharon Harren has worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters for twenty years. As a gift of appreciation, the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff teamed up with Common Hope to fulfill one of Sharon’s biggest dreams: the chance to meet her formerly sponsored student, Victor Hugo. Sharon began her journey of sponsorship 24 years ago when […]

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Youth put skills into action to help peers in need

The Youth Support Program in Antigua provides academic and emotional support for 796 youth, helping to ensure that they reach their goal of graduating from high school. The program also plays a crucial role in achieving Common Hope’s long-term goals that youth develop critical thinking skills and possess the confidence, compassion, and organizational skills that […]

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