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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Health, Health (General & Financing), International, International Development

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. 

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

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!



Rating: 5

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.