We are excited to announce that Common Hope has been awarded a grant from the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion & the Arts for our Education Support Program (GFRE). The GFRE honors the legacy of Amalia and Nicola Giuliani and their sons, Vin, an artist, and John, an artist and priest, whose lives were dedicated to the celebration of human creativity and spirituality in service of human transformation and the building of the earth.

Funds from the GFRE will support the emotional and psychological activities that are a part of Common Hope’s Education Support Program. Common Hope’s staff psychologists work with children and youth to promote emotional resiliency to help keep them in school and on track to graduate. The groups are organized around three guiding principles: believing they are capable, recognizing they are responsible, and getting organized. The workshops teach effective study habits, time management, and organizational skills that raise academic and creative self-esteem. The sessions use art, music, and creative play to foster reflection and motivate them to stay in school.

With the generous support from the GFRE we are providing children from disadvantaged communities with the skills and tools to become better learners so that they can be promoted to the next grade and eventually complete their high school education. Thank you, Giuliani Foundation, for partnering with us to break the cycle of poverty and build a more hopeful future for children in Guatemala.

You can learn more about the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation on their website at www.giulianifdn.org/.