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 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.