Common Hope

Common Hope's mission is to promote hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through programs in education, health care, and housing.

Common Hope
1400 Energy Park Drive, Suite 23
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States
651-917-0917
http://www.commonhope.org

Executive Director

Shari Blindt

Management Team

Jeff Barnes, Shari Blindt, Peg Fourre, Tamalyn Gutierrez, Lisa Hetzel, Mynor Lemus, Michelle d'Almeida, Louise Stanton, Dan Dahlke, Lynn Brysiewicz, Sandra Ortiz, Renato Westby, Jeff Smith

Board of Directors

Kathy Longo, Mary Capozzi, Kathy Paden, Dave Heider, Gary Doten, Bob Fafinski, Jim Hatch, Bill Huebsch, Tom Joyce, Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, Laura Ness, Shaun Nugent, Pete Regnier, Tom Sullivan, Peter Taunton

Project Leaders

Kate Lucas

Mission

Common Hope's mission is to promote hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through programs in education, health care, and housing.

Programs

Our education program helps students attend primary and secondary school, vocational school, and university. We also offer special education, job placement services, a day care, extracurricular tutoring classes, and emotional support through youth groups. In 2011, 3,000 children are attending school because of Common Hope, up from 2,700 students the year before. In addition, our School Partner Initiative has expanded to four area public schools, improving the quality of education for all students in the schools and greatly increasing their chances of high school graduation. On November 12th, we celebrated our 1,000th high school graduate and our first female graduate from medical school. Our health care program includes basic health care and preventive health education, dental care, prenatal education, a pharmacy, nutrition services, lab services, and community health fairs. Our new health care objectives for 2011 have brought a concerted focus to the critical health issues of malnutrition, asthma, prenatal care, childrens growth and development, obesity, and teen pregnancy through prevention education as well as diagnosis and management of existing conditions. Our housing program allows affiliated families to earn a house through sweat-equity hours. In addition, families can work to earn a stove, latrine, cement floor, and utilities such as water, drainage, and electricity. The stoves in particular work to prevent fires and burns; also, by reducing the emission of harmful smoke, they diminish the prevalence of respiratory diseases among children and adults. Our family development program provides a long-term relationship with a Common Hope social worker, with whom families identify obstacles and goals and create their own unique development plan. The program also offers counseling, AA, Al-Anon and parenting education.

Statistics on Common Hope

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $3,143,000
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $3,596,300
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $3,709,000
  • Other funding sources: Individual Donors - 72.5% Family Foundations - 13.4% Businesses and Civic Groups - 3.9% Grants Solicited - 6.0% Religious Organizations - 3.8% Schools and Other Groups - 0.4%
  • Religious Affiliation: No affiliation.
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