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5 Years of Sponsorpalooza

This September, Sponsorpalooza is celebrating its 5th anniversary. The 2020 goal is to find 100 sponsors for 100 students and raise $50,000 to support a total of 500 students by the end of September.

This September, join the familia. There are five ways you can BE THE HOPE. 

Pick one and see the difference you can make.   

It’s the Final Week of Sponsorpalooza

COVID-19 is affecting us all. But for these students and their families, it’s a new kind of crisis.

In the midst of a global pandemic, connection has never been more important. Become a sponsor today and share hope with a student who needs your encouragement.

 The 25 students below all have something in common–they want to continue studying, but that has been especially difficult while struggling with hunger, distance learning, anxiety and stress. You can be a student’s cheerleader during this difficult time and create a connection that lifts them up and carries them forward!

Click on a student’s photo below to become their sponsor. 


Hola! I am Blanca. I am 10 years old and just finishing up my 4th grade year. I live in a small town with my mom, dad, and 4 siblings. My parents didn’t have the opportunity to be in school very long, so it’s extra important to me to do well. I’d love to have a sponsor to write to!

Carlos David

Hi! My name Carlos David. I live in a small farming town with my mom, dad, 2 older brothers, and younger sister. I am 12 years old and this year I am studying in 4th grade. The pandemic has hit my family hard, and sometimes we worry about food. Common Hope has been a big help to us this year! Will you be my sponsor?

Lorenzo Antonio

Hola! Me llamo Lorenzo. I am 6 and in kindergarten. I have 8 brothers and sisters so the house gets a little crowded. My family has a pig and we sell vegetables and black beans!

Pablo Marcos David

Hola! My name is Pablo and I am 12 years old. I live with my 2 sisters, 2 brothers and parents in a small town outside of Antigua. This year I am in 5th grade and I would love a Sponsor to encourage me in my education!

Herbert Alejandro

Hola! My name is Herbert. This year I’m in 1st grade. I live with my parents and 4 brothers! We like to play soccer together – sometimes we get a little too crazy for my mom!

Natasha Moncerrat

Hola! I am Natasha and I am 6 years old. This year I am in preschool. I like school but I miss seeing my friends. I like to play with my brother and sister at home. I would love to have a Sponsor to write letters to.


Hola! My name is Andrey. I am 8 years old and live with my parents, 2 older sisters, and my little brother. I like to go to school and play with my firends. Will you be my sponsor?


Hi! My name is Karen. I am 15 years old and my birthday is March 27th. I am currently in 9th grade and live in a small town with my mom, dad, and 4 siblings. I am the middle child! My dad works as a shoemaker and my sells the shoes he makes! I have a dream of graduating and being able to help my family one day. Will you be my sponsor?

Be the person who changes a life.

Small acts of generosity and kindness have a ripple effect. Even after 19 years, Edwin still carries the names of his sponsors in his wallet. Even if you’ve seen Edwin’s story before, your hope will be restored. Watch now.

Share. Walk. Matter.

Join Common Hope for its first-ever Walk For Hope this September. Let’s unite across the country and around the world to share HOPE.

Walk 5k and help raise $50,000 for Common Hope to support Covid-19 Response efforts. 

Register for free! Any walker who raises $96, the full cost to deliver a month’s programming for a family, will receive a t-shirt. Raise $1,152 and get a special edition Common Hope YETI mug!

Participants are encouraged to walk 5k in honor of the 5th anniversary of Sponsorpalooza!

Join us at the Virtual Finish Line on September 20th! 
(or whenever you want because it’s virtual 😉)

Call 651-287-0716 for help with registration.

Who Can Walk?

Anyone, anywhere can join us and walk for hope. It doesn’t matter where you walk. It doesn’t matter when you walk. It doesn’t matter that we cannot physically walk together. What we CAN do is show the world that sharing HOPE matters!

  • Walk as an individual

  • Walk as a Family

  • Walk as a Team

  • Walk as a company and become a corporate sponsor

Register Now!

Celebrate Sponsorpalooza this September!

Celebrate the 5th anniversary and check out these ways you can connect and share hope!

Lunch & Learn

Great for companies, employee resource groups, and church groups, Lunch ‘n Learns can be hosted virtually or in person (following COVID-19 guidelines). Our staff is ready to speak on important, relevant topics including Guatemalan culture, poverty, the COVID-19 crisis, and Common Hope’s work in Guatemala. Book a Lunch ‘n Learn and we take care of the rest! Interested? Contact Teresa Bettmann at

Virtual Happy Hour

Grab your favorite beverage and join us online for a Common Hope Happy Hour! Common Hope hosts virtual happy hours for groups of friends, families, and anyone looking to casually get together and learn more about Common Hope’s mission to fight poverty with diplomas. ¡Salud! Interested? Contact Teresa Bettmann at

Post, ‘Gram, Tweet

Social media is a powerful tool to spread the word about Common Hope. We encourage everyone to follow us on social media to get the latest information, news, and announcements!

What is Sponsorpalooza?

Started in 2016, Sponsorpalooza is a month-long campaign in September dedicated to honoring those who already sponsor and to finding new sponsors to BE THE HOPE! 

In Guatemala, over half the population lives in poverty and 25% live on less than $2/day. Only 18.6% of Guatemalan students graduate from high school. Now, with the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, families are facing new levels of food insecurity and strained physical, emotional, and educational health. Imagine living like this during a crisis.

 There is hope. Sponsors and supporters give HOPE to students in need and motivate them to keep learning during the uncertainty and unknowns of navigating through COVID-19.

It is Common Hope’s goal to connect students directly with a sponsor. When you become a sponsor, you change lives. Not only by providing financial support for tuition, books, uniforms, and school supplies, but more importantly, by providing motivation and hope on their path to end the cycle of poverty. 

When you sponsor a Common Hope student, you aren’t just sponsoring “a child in Guatemala.” Common Hope helps you build a personal relationship with José, or Lizbeth, or Andrés and their family. You will see your sponsored student grow and witness their success firsthand.

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