Mar 3, 2020

Envisioning opportunity

AURA WAS HAVING TROUBLE IN SCHOOL even though she is a dedicated student. She wasn’t able to read or see the blackboard, and she consistently misspelled words. At the end of every day, her eyes were red and irritated, which made doing homework very dififcult. All of these factors resulted in Aura failing fourth grade.

Aura’s Common Hope social worker learned about her trouble in school and encouraged her to visit the clinic. At her exam they uncovered that nothing drastic was wrong with Aura’s eyes...she just needed glasses.

Common Hope’s intervention and eye exam has made a night-and-day di erence for Aura. So much so that her grades improved dramatically. This year she is taking both fourth and fth grade classes in order to catch up and is excelling in every area. Aura’s mom, María, is proud of her daughter’s persistence and seeing her do well in school brings her so much joy. María’s mother wasn’t able to provide her with an education, so María wants to motivate Aura to continue studying hard. “Now that she has her
glasses she is able to do everything! I am so grateful,” said María.

Dec 9, 2019

Youth Festivities and Family Day at New Hope

Celebrating Día de la Joventud (Youth Day), Family Day, Soccer championships, and so much more…

¡Qué alegre! At Common Hope’s New Hope School, Common Hope staff has been busy organizing a variety of events to honor youth and celebrate their families.

International Youth Day

Beyond supporting kids on the path to high-school graduation, Common Hope also seeks to prepare students to be compassionate leaders in their local communities. Providing kids with access to education is the most critical factor, but it’s also important to provide opportunities outside of the classroom for kids and teens to have fun and be themselves, learn and grow through new experiences, and connect with their peers in a safe environment.

In celebration of International Youth Day, Common Hope hosted a special festival this year with fun activities like singing, dancing, and a soccer championship. That day there was also an election of a school government comprised of young leaders. Forming a school government prepares teens to take on more responsibilities and gives them greater confidence in their decision-making skills.

“We want to remind our youth that they are not only important for Common Hope but also for society. The goal of these activities is to create safe spaces and experiences for youth,” shared New Hope’s Youth Coordinator, Jonathan.

New Hope Family Day 

At a separate event, New Hope students and their families were invited to join in the fun at a Family Fair hosted by Common Hope! More than 800 students and family members enjoyed a day full of activities, games, costumes, snacks, and lots of smiles and laughter. New Hope’s Family Day celebrates the power of the family unit and focuses on strengthening family bonds while also having fun together!

Promoting healthy lifestyles 

This was the third year that the Youth Race, “Respiremos Vida” (Breathing Life) took place at New Hope. The race is hosted in alliance with Guatemala’s Executive Secretary against Drug Addictions, with the goal to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent substance use. There was an outstanding turnout this year with 125 young people and 42 kids and parents participating in the race. New Hope’s youth leadership group helped coordinate the event and provided support for the race. Participants received a diploma, medal, and a backpack to commemorate the special event!

Sep 12, 2019

Montserrat, youngest member of the Reading Club

Montserrat is four years old. She is one of the library's most frequent visitors and a member of the Star Reader Club. One afternoon Montserrat and her mom were reading at home when her aunt called.Montserrat answered, telling her aunt that she couldn't speak to her because she was reading. Her aunt didn't believe a four year old girl could read.

"Yes, I do!" said Montserrat and started telling a story using her own words following the pictures of her book.
Her aunt got her kids on the phone so they could listen to Montserrat's story too. Now, her aunt and her cousins call Montserrat once a week so they can all share a story together. 

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