by Debra Des Vignes, Common Hope Partner and recent volunteer in Guatemala Tucked away in a cubicle, stacked high with papers and looming deadlines, I glance at a 5×7 photo. It seems so long ago, distant. In the photo is a stack of plywood. I am inside a small, run down shack in Guatemala, me [...]
Meeting clean-cut Josué Martínez for the first time, you would never guess that this well-spoken 28-year-old grew up in a house made of scrap metal with no cement floor. Beating the odds, Josué was able to graduate from high school in 2001 with the help of Common Hope, and he went on to study four [...]
A Sponsor since 2000, Mary Thompson shared several reflections with us about her visit to Guatemala last fall. Below she describes her visits to New Hope and San Rafael.
On a previous trip to Common Hope with a church mission group, I visited New Hope for the first time — it was a first for all of us. At the time, I think we felt Common Hope’s dream for the village was beyond belief. [...]
by Ellen Taylor Ellen Taylor is a member of the Vision Team from University of Maine at Augusta. The team is blogging from Guatemala about their experience. Below is an excerpt from Ellen about their home visit yesterday. The first family we visited lives on the end of a road with houses constructed of thin [...]