Category: Sponsorship

Doña María shows us what it means to be a good neighbor in this season of giving

Doña María (pictured center) with daughter Heidy, sons Axel and Ronald, and Rose and Charlie in 2015. Doña María and her husband, Don Gustavo, a farmer, have five children and are a part of Common Hope’s family. [...]

Maricruz, Common Hope graduate and successful female entrepreneur

In Guatemala, less than 20% of the population graduates from high school. For girls the rate is even lower. Social pressures dictate that young women are supposed to stay at home with their mothers and help tend to the [...]

Sadie and Iliana, two girls a world apart, with lots in common

Sadie, an 11-year-old at Minnewashta Elementary, won an award for community work at her school. That award included prize money. Instead of buying something for herself, Sadie decided she wanted to make a difference. That decision led her on [...]

2020-02-04T17:19:50+00:00September 25th, 2018|Our Favorites, Sponsorship, Supporters In Action|0 Comments

CHANGEMAKER Splashes Blessings Onto Others

Bernie and Lori Borschke were excited, overjoyed, and proud to learn their student, Marco, whom they had been sponsoring for four years was graduating this year. The Borschkes were unable to make the trip to Guatemala to see Marco graduate in [...]

2018-01-10T16:03:09+00:00November 21st, 2016|Healthcare, Sponsorship, Supporters In Action|0 Comments

A “Sponsorship Means” Story from Wendy Vezzosi

Throughout SPONSORPALOOZA we are sharing stories of what sponsorship means to students, their families, and their sponsors. Supporters can share their stories and videos on social media using the hashtag #SponsorshipMeans. We received the following #SponsorshipMeans Story from Wendy Vezzozi, a longtime [...]

2018-01-10T16:06:55+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Sponsorship, Supporters In Action|0 Comments

Creating Strands of Hope with Mt. Olive Vision Team

This past April, the Mount Olive Lutheran Church Vision Team visited Guatemala and one of their team members, Connie Marty, came ready to share a thoughtful jewelry project with the Antigua Youth Program. Connie founded Strands of Hope, an organization [...]

A surprise Skype visit makes a former sponsor’s dream come true

Sharon Harren has worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters for twenty years. As a gift of appreciation, the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff teamed up with Common Hope to fulfill one of Sharon’s biggest dreams: the chance to meet [...]