Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church – we are thrilled that your congregation has chosen to partner with Common Hope as we bring hope and opportunity to 10 students in Guatemala.
The students in this gallery are from the communities of Antigua and San Rafael. Antigua is a bustling tourist destination rich in culture and famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. It is also where Common Hope’s Family Development Center is located. San Rafael is a smaller village 40 minutes outside of Antigua. All 1,600-some residents are Mayan and speak Kaqchikel, one of over 20 Mayan languages in Guatemala.
San Rafael is an almost exclusively agricultural village. Most of the adults work as day laborers, or campesinos, on large privately owned or rented fields called campos. Monthly wages range from $50 to $130 per worker depending on the season and crop. Children routinely help their parents in the fields, starting in elementary school. Many children have to miss school during harvest time to earn extra money for their families. Common Hope provides the resources for more than 400 children in San Rafael to attend the local elementary and junior high schools.
As a sponsor, you will financially support a child’s education. But more than that, you’ll be establishing a relationship with a student who needs extra encouragement. Many times, a sponsor’s words are the difference between staying in school and dropping out. Your sponsorship makes a real difference in their life!
To sponsor a student, select one of the 10 children featured below. Simply hover over the child’s picture to learn more about them, and then click to fill out the sponsorship form. Indicate on the form whether you want to serve as sole sponsor at $60 per month or share the sponsorship with another at $30 per month. If you want to learn more, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call (651) 917-1045. We will guide you through this amazing and rewarding journey. Thank you for your commitment to children and families in need.
Jose DenilsonI’m in 4th grade. I enjoy my math class, singing and playing soccer at recess. My dream for when I grow up is to become a firefighter. Both of my parents have less than a 6th grade education and their hope is that my brothers and I graduate from high school.
JismarI have been waiting for a sponsor for 4 years. I’m 10 years old and in 3rd grade. I have been doing well with all of my classes. I live in San Miguel Milpas Altas with my parents and 3 siblings. My dad works as a farmer and earns around $100 each month.
PabloWhat I enjoy doing the most at school is solving addition problems and studying geography. When I grow up I was to be a firefighter, builder, scientist, or doctor. I want to study hard in order to help my family more in the future so that they can have a safe place to live.
KenyEven with the pain my dad suffers in his back, he continues to work as a carpenter. At 10 years old, I know that one day I would like to follow in his footsteps and become a carpenter, too. But first I need to graduate from high school. I am studying in 4th grade.
BlancaMy brother, José, is also part of this gallery and we are both in need of a sponsor. My family is new to Common Hope and I am new to going to school. I am 4 years old and studying in kindergarten. In Guatemala, kindergarten precedes preschool.
ClaudiaI recently was sponsored by a member of Faith Lutheran and I am so excited that they will support me and my dream of becoming a Business Administrator!
EmilyI live in an agricultural community. Both of my parents farm to earn a living and my older siblings help them when they are not in school. I am 5 years old, just started school this year and I have 4 sisters and 4 brothers. My sisters walk me to school each day.
WilmerMy brother, Angel, and I are both in need of a sponsor. I am studying in 6th grade this year and I participate in the different activities at school and I enjoy dancing. This year I had to visit the Common Hope clinic a few times because I suffered from bronchopneumonia.
JoséI am 15 years old and studying in 9th grade. It is important for me to graduate from high school and have the opportunity to find a formal job in order to help my family because my mom is a single parent and is often times sick.
HeidyRecently my father left our family, so now it’s just my mom, sister and I taking care of each other. I am 8 years old and studying in 2nd grade. The school just handed out the first quarter grades and I passed all of my classes!
Did You Know?Right now there are more than 700 students waiting for a sponsor. While these students still receive all the benefits of Common Hope programs, having a sponsor gives them an extra vote of confidence.
Have questions about sponsorship?Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. Jessie and Teresa would be happy to help you!