I’m Heading to Guatemala … and Would Love Your Help

I have a bit of news to share and a favor to ask!

My husband Christopher and I will be traveling to Guatemala July 7-14 with a team associated with Common Hope, a MN based non-profit organization that has been providing education, health care, housing, and social work to impoverished families and children in Guatemala for over 25 years … and which we’ve been associated with for the past 12.

As you know, Guatemala holds a special place in our hearts. What you might not know is that our love for Guatemala started in 2000 on our drive back from Costa Rica. Through some pretty wild circumstances, we ended up sponsoring Rene Antonio through Common Hope when he was 6-years old.

He’s also the perfect example of what a profound impact Common Hope has on families.

Because of Common Hope, Rene was able to go to school and will be graduating high school in October (only 17% of Guatemalan children finish high school … we’re so proud of Rene!) and his entire family has received ongoing medical care. They also earned themselves a house by working ‘trade’ hours on the Common Hope campus; in fact, we were fortunate enough to be there the day they built it (which happened to be the day before we met Noemi the first time).

This time, Christopher and I will be the ones building houses.

Along with our other team members, we will be staying at Common Hope’s facility in Antigua, visiting satellite facilities and programs, helping with construction projects and assisting teachers and staff both in the classroom and all around the Antigua facility.

Our team has set a fund-raising goal of $4,000 to provide financial assistance to the Guatemalan children who are on the “waiting to be sponsored” list.  Any contributions to this cause will be deeply appreciated. Even $10 would be great!

If you’d like to donate, click here. (And please make your donation before July 4th). Donations are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for anything you can give!


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