Sponsorpalooza is a campaign to honor current sponsors and encourage new sponsors to BE THE HOPE for an impoverished student in Guatemala.
When you become a sponsor, you provide support and encouragement to a student as they work towards their dream of high school graduation.
You are giving the gift of HOPE!
Receiving a high school diploma is so important, especially in Guatemala where only 17% of the population graduates from high school. With a diploma, a person can double their lifetime earning potential and break their family out of poverty. Unfortunately, there are many barriers that prevent students from graduating–like the cost of education, which many families cannot afford. Chronic sickness, hunger, and unsafe housing also play a role in a student’s ability to receive an education.
Common Hope’s work centers on removing these barriers. Our comprehensive programs make it possible for a student to attend school and for the student’s entire family to receive quality health care, housing, and social work services.
The path to graduation in Guatemala is a difficult one. But with continued support and encouragement from a sponsor, a student is much more likely to succeed in school. You can BE THE HOPE for a student in need.
The students you see here are just 1-2 years away from celebrating their high school graduation. Having a sponsor’s support would give them an extra boost of encouragement as they continue down the final leg of their journey. Get to know the students below by reading their stories, then click their picture to begin your sponsorship! If you have any questions please email us or call us at (651) 917-1045.
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Ericka Lazaro My older sister, Cindi, is graduating this year from high school and she has been a role model to me to keep on studying. I like learning new things in school and I’m studying to become a secretary. Besides my schoolwork, I help with chores at home like washing clothes, washing dishes, and sweeping.
Mayra Sanchez I will be graduating with a certificate in Computer Science and I look forward to finding a job in this area once I complete my education. Both of my parents have less than a 6th grade education so it is important to them as well that I graduate.
Angel Hernandez School has not always been easy for me. I struggled with my classes when I was in junior high school, but I worked hard and now I am in high school, studying for a Marketing and Advertising Certification.
Katherine Lopez With 6th grade educations my mother works as a nanny and my father is a mason. I am studying to be an Early Childhood Bilingual School Teacher and would eventually like to be a Forensic Psychologist. My mother likes to help me with homework and wants to return to school herself.
Aldair Ramos When I started high school this year, I was very lonely because I didn’t trust the people that surrounded me. However, I now have new friends – Luis, Carlos and Bryan. I have chosen the Electrician career path and am looking forward to graduating in a couple years.
Verónica Hurtarte I am coming up on my final year of high school and will be graduating with a certificate in Early Childhood Intercultural Bilingual Teaching. My father, who is a security guard, has dreams of seeing my sister and I graduate from high school and go to University.
Luis Garcia My dream is to become an Engineer. I have been studying Industrial and Electronics Skills throughout high school and will be completing my final year in 2017. After finishing my classes, I will be doing a formal internship. I am 19 years old, and it is often difficult to be the oldest in my classes.
Dania Vasquez I am studying in a Secretary Program for my high school degree. Some of my favorite classes are baking, learning about international cuisine, and electronics. My mother joined Common Hope because she could not afford to send me and my siblings to school. My goal is to attend University and support my family.
Miguel Giron The road to graduation hasn’t been easy as I had to take time off from school due to a heart condition. I keep on pushing myself because I want to be a chef and the first in my family to earn a degree. When I’m not at school, I help my parents in the fields.
Yenifer Perez My father is raising 5 children on his own and works as a tailor to support us. I am studying in a secretary program and hope to find a professional job after graduating. Besides studying and helping with cooking and cleaning at home, I take care of children in order to earn some money.
José Luis My sister and I approached Common Hope because as a single parent, my mother couldn’t pay for our education. She works as a domestic employee in Guatemala City and comes home once or twice a month. My siblings and I take care of each other, and I also work to support our family.
Julia Santos With my father being a farmer and my mother doing laundry for others, my family’s income is very low. We also live in a small one room house with dirt floors. Despite these obstacles, I am studying Hospitality and Tourism in high school and have my eyes set on the graduation finish line.
At any given time, there are more than 600 students who are looking for someone like you to BE THE HOPE. With a monthly gift of just $60, you can provide everything a student needs to be successful in the classroom. Your donation also provides the student’s entire family with access to our health care, housing, and family development services.
But sponsorship is more than a monetary gift – it’s about building a relationship. Common Hope will connect you to a student in Guatemala. You will receive a photo and twice-yearly letters from them, along with Activity Reports that outline how your student is doing.
As a sponsor, you are free to write your student as frequently as you would like. Common Hope also offers the opportunity to visit your student in Guatemala!
HOW CAN I BE PART OF SPONSORPALOOZA?
SPONSOR A STUDENT
This is what SPONSORPALOOZA is all about – giving hope to an impoverished student through the gift of sponsorship! All of the kids in the gallery above have one dream in common – to graduate from high school and have a brighter future. YOU CAN BE A PART OF THAT DREAM! Become a sponsor today and we will send you everything you need to know about the program, your student and their family. It’s time to begin a rewarding journey.
JOIN US ON OUR COFFEE TOUR
Our Sponsorship Team is hitting the road throughout September and October to spread the hope of sponsorship! Check out the SPONSORPALOOZA calendar to see what cities the team will be touring through. Everyone is welcome to join us at any of the stops and we encourage you to bring friends! We would love to buy you a cup of coffee and talk about the real difference you make in a student’s life.
HOST A HOPE IN THE HOME PARTY
Common Hope sponsors know firsthand the difference their sponsorship is making. If you’re a sponsor who wants to share that experience with others, host a home party! We will send you a Party Box Kit, which has everything you need to host your party including invitations and RSVP cards, profiles and pictures of 8 students, info about sponsorship and Common Hope’s mission, and party gifts for your guests! You will also receive hostess perks!
GET SOCIAL WITH SPONSORPALOOZA
An easy, yet powerful way to help us spread the word about SPONSORPALOOZA is by using social media. Share Common Hope’s posts on Facebook and Twitter, or share your own sponsorship story. Use the hashtags #sponsorpalooza, #bethehope, and #sponsorship means to see your posts show up below. Join other sponsors across the country and spread the HOPE! Click below to view our “Get Social” guide.
INVITE COMMON HOPE TO SPEAK
Are you interested in having Common Hope speak at your business, church, or club? Send us an email or call us at 651-917-1045. We would be happy to work with you to coordinate a speaking engagement! Whether it’s a book club with 10 members or a corporate group of 150 people, we can cater a presentation that will fit your needs.
GIVE A PRESENTATION
Are you passionate about sponsorship and enjoy public speaking? Consider giving a presentation at your work, church, school, or club! Common Hope provide you with talking points, photos, a powerpoint, handouts, or whatever you may need for your presentation. Email us to let us know you’re interested or call us at 651-917-1045.