Education: CH provided education (primary, secondary & university) for nearly 2,700 children, paying for tuition, books, uniforms, and supplies. In addition, CH offered tutoring, summer school, occupational and speech therapy, access to libraries and computer labs, and teacher training.
In November of 2010 we celebrated 98 high school graduates, 30 of whom were awarded competitive university scholarships. Our 2010 promotion rates have yet to be determined, yet promotion rates for 2009 demonstrated a significant improvement over the national average; 86 percent of Common Hope students were promoted to the next grade in 2009, compared to the national average of 76 percent.
Health Care: In 2010 CH’s medical clinic saw an average of 618 patients each month, filled an average of 1,460 prescriptions, and conducted an average of 306 health screenings for affiliated families. Services include basic curative and preventive care, lab services, nutrition services, and prenatal education. Clinic staff also offered 9 community health fairs and many more health talks at schools and in homes, providing basic preventive health services and educating people about its importance.
Family Development: CH partnered with nearly 1,300 Guatemalan families, each with a unique development plan facilitated by a social worker. In addition these families had access to emergency relief, job placement services, legal assistance, counseling, Al-Anon, and parenting education.
Housing: In 2010 CH built 30 houses, and 49 other housing improvements like water and electricity connections, for families who earned these home improvements by working more than 4,750 collective sweat-equity hours.
One of Common Hope’s key goals is to improve primary education in the communities we serve, through programs with measurable results and a pilot phase that can be scaled up to serve more students. We plan to achieve this through the following goals of our strategic plan for 2011-2013:
1. Expand the reach of Common Hope’s programs to serve more students, families, and communities.
2. Remove barriers that prevent students from continuing through high school graduation.
3. Prepare young children to be successful students.
4. Improve the quality of primary public school education for students in the communities we serve.
5. Develop a new generation of capable leadership among secondary school students within the communities we serve.
6. Diversify our funding model beyond our annual campaign for operational expenses.
Community or Constituency Served
Common Hope serves impoverished children and families in Guatemala who want to pursue their education, but are at risk or unable to do so.
Geographic Area Served
Common Hope serves more than 9,000 children and adults in 18 communities in Guatemala: 15 communities in the Antigua valley, and three other communities within an hour of Antigua.
Impact and Programs