Common Hope

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, International

Location: PO Box 14298 St. Paul MN 55114 USA

Mission: Common Hope promotes 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 education, health care, and housing.
Results: Since our inception in 1986, hundreds of impoverished youth have graduated from high school. While their parents often hadn’t completed grade school, these young adults are going onto professional careers and becoming agents of change in their communities.
Target demographics: Impoverished children and families in Guatemala.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 8,000 children and adults
Geographic areas served: 17 impoverished communities in Guatemala
Programs: Our education program helps students attend pre-primary, primary, and secondary school, vocational school, and university. We also provide special education, day care, and extracurricular youth development activities. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Common Hope as a donor and volunteer for over 15 years. The organization is extremely efficient, stretching every dollar and hour donated to get the very most out of their donations. The focus on helping people help themselves through education, housing, and health care truly lifts their communities out of poverty. I have gotten to know the people they serve, and have seen entire communities develop the skills, resources, and motivation to reach a better standard of living.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop a process for leaders of other organizations to intern with Common Hope so that they can model their organizations after this highly efficient and effective approach.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Common Hope is a great organization. I love what they do and as a donor I feel comfortable giving them money as I know they will spend it wisely, where it is most needed. We have been supports of theirs for years now and have never had a bad experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing their office in St. Paul at work an in seeing the operation in Guatemala.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them lots more $$$ so they can keep up the good work.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Common Hope is a generous group who is interested in the well-being of the people of Guatemala, not just for looking after their own interests and projects. I'm on the board for another, smaller organization building schools and working on education projects in Guatemala and Common Hope was very helpful to us in obtaining Community Giving funds. In learning more about their history, I've been impressed with their growth and look to them as a model of how to grow past the initial "founders" stage of a non-profit life-cycle. They selflessly give to make Guatemala and the world a better place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how they work in partnership with others to achieve results.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I traveled with a Vision Team to experience Guatemala and visit the child we sponsor. The most important part of the trip was to meet the local people, meet the Common Hope staff and learn about the situation for the indigenous population and Common Hope's programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The best way to see the results of this organization are to visit with the affiliated families. Most have very little resources even by Guatemala standards but are optimistic and will work hard to better their lives and help their children do better.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. This is one of the best organizations I have encountered when it comes to helping those experiencing poverty build the education and skills need to become self-sufficient.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Common Hope staff treat the Guatemalans with great dignity but hold the accountable for volunteering to help their fellow citizens.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

One of the key strategies of Common Hope is to employ the local people to run as much of the program as possible. The Common Hope staff were all caring, open and serious about their mission to help those experiencing poverty.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be counted on to put it good use helping the local people help themselves.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have so many other commitments that could spend a couple of years there as a volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

IMHO The biggest challenge is finding jobs in the Guatemala economy that will pay a living wage and then helping the Guatemalans gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in these jobs

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-9-01

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Several years ago I traveled to Guatemala to visit my sponsered child. I remember the family was dressed up and everything was spotless (as much as a house with a dirt floor and sugar cane for walls could be). This program really is helping people to take charge of their lives to get out of poverty if they can have the chance. I was very impressed and wanted to donate more after visiting their location in Guatemala. Positive experience!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting the country where the organization helps move people out of poverty.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how $30 a month could actually mean a lot to a person in Guatemala.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring and interested in the personal sucess of the local participants.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world (in Guatemala) by building communites that work.

Ways to make it better...

Not possible. I was worried about what small gifts to bring to the family, but nothing could have made it better. The visit with my sponsered child and his family proved beyond a doubt that the charity was helping "people" make something out of themselves

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I recently worked as a short term volunteer with Common Hope in Guatemala. I became particularly interested in their mission and decided to help in construction. I also got the opportunity to work with children and help them build airplanes in San Miguel. I found the experience thoroughly rewarding and very enjoyable. During my time working with Common Hope I have been inspired by the efforts that are being made to improve lives and educate families. I have been proud to be able to contribute to such a hard working team. From my time in Guatemala I have gained knowledge, experience, new skills, many happy memories, and a number of great friends.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing first hand what the organization does and how hard they work to change lives, one family at a time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not see anything they could do differently.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their hard work and wonderful mission and measurable goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated and courageous

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

... do so many amazing things, such as, build more homes, provide school supplies, and frankly the list goes on and on. If I had 10 million bucks I would give the funds to Common Hope because they do change lives.

Ways to make it better...

It was perfect.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy and fewer donations. That's why donations and support is critical.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They do tremendous work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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