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Many evenings studying by candlelight

Working on reports to grantors provides the opportunity to come across many inspiring stories of students succeeding despite many challenges. Below, the story of Raquel, a high school senior. Alba Raquel López Rodas and her parents live in a small, dirt-floor home constructed of old scrap metal. The family has no running water or electricity […]

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Mientras siguen los esfuerzos de recuperación, todavía persiste un impacto más profundo de la Agatha

Las calles principales del pueblo de San Miguel Escobar están ya limpias, miembros de la comunidad han empezado a trabajar de nuevo, y las clases han comenzado otra vez.  Cualquier persona pasando por el pueblo estará sorprendido escuchar que hace seis semanas, las calles estaban inundadas de agua, lodo, piedras, y otros desechos.  Todos los […]

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Two weeks after Agatha, recovery efforts continue

Common Hope returned to regular operations on June 2 after a week of emergency relief mode, but people in the affected communities are still living the aftermath of tropical storm Agatha. Our social workers are continuing to assess individual family situations and determine the scale (severe to minor) of each family’s damage. Social workers remain the primary contact for families

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After the storm, through the eyes of children

by Mary Horan Gautschi, Development Manager at Common Hope … Mary was in Guatemala when tropical storm Agatha hit Guatemala, affecting many families affiliated with Common Hope. The following is a reflection she wrote after returning to Minnesota, about her experience visiting the community of San Pedro Las Huertas several days after the storm. That day, Common Hope’s relief efforts included activities led by staff psychologists […]

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