Education for Impoverished Guatemalan Youth

by Common Hope
Sep 24, 2013

Nelson Avoids Dropping Out - And Lands a Great Job

Nelson at Graduation
Nelson at Graduation

Your support makes it possible for students like Nelson to surpass serious hurdles that could have caused them to drop out of school.

In tenth grade Nelson was struggling mightily to stay in school. It wasn’t that he didn’t have the aptitude—just a year before he had finished top of his class. But with growing commitments at work and other family challenges, Nelson had missed too much homework and class.

Nelson approached Flor, a member of our educational support staff, who advocated for him at school, explaining the difficulties causing him to get behind. Nelson was allowed to stay in school, and Flor continued to meet with him as he worked through his challenges.

Through hard work and the support of Common Hope, Nelson graduated in 2012. What's more, he got a great job this year, as a graphic designer with a printing company in Guatemala City. Nelson feels so grateful for his job, knowing how hard it is to find a good one.

Looking back, Nelson says he was overwhelmed by the support Common Hope’s support staff showed him. "They really believed in me," he says.

Thank you for make education possible for deserving students like Nelson. Your support funds the work of Flor and many others working hard each day to help students like Nelson to stay in school. For more stories and statistics from the past fiscal year, visit our recently-published Donor Impact Report for 2012:


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Common Hope

Location: St. Paul, MN - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lizz Peterson
Marketing & Communications Manager
St. Paul, MN United States

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