Common Hope works in Guatemala, which is a beautiful yet very poor country. The families that walk through our doors often live in homes made of cornstalk walls, scrap metal roofs, and earthen floors. Although many Guatemalans are farmers and raise crops like coffee, sugar, and bananas for export, nearly a quarter of all children are malnourished, under weight for their age.
For many it is difficult to find work that supports a family, and more than half of the population lives below the country’s poverty line. Many families cannot afford to send their children to school, and the illiteracy rate is extremely high. Affordable health care is scarce, and many people suffer from easily preventable and treatable health conditions. Common Hope works to change this.
Today, Common Hope works in 26 communities outside of Antigua and Guatemala City, helping more than 11,000 impoverished children and adults create a better life for themselves. Our programs in education, health care, housing, and family development are offered through three main locations: