The Common Hope Gift Catalog

Our Story

Since 1986, Common Hope has brought education and opportunity to impoverished children and families in Guatemala. With more than 140 staff and thousands of donors, Common Hope has grown into a comprehensive human development organization with a program model proven to double a student’s chances of graduating high school.

The families who walk through Common Hope’s doors often live in one-room houses made of cornstalk and scrap metal, and they have little or no access to education, medical care, clean water, or jobs with liveable wages. These families have the ability and desire to improve their lives if given the chance. We simply provide the opportunities and tools for them to do so.

While education is the heart of our work, we believe a comprehensive approach to human development is critical in helping families and communities reach their full potential. For this reason, we also offer integrated programs in health care, housing, and family development. Every year approximately 8,000 children and adults benefit from our services. 

Written by Tom Stukel — November 05, 2009

Message from our Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Giving gifts to our friends and loved ones is one way we share our joy in celebrating holidays or special occasions. It brings smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts. This year you can also share those smiles with children and their families in Guatemala who are working hard to improve their lives.

Honor the special people in your life by selecting a gift for them from our catalog – you will make a real difference in the lives of those living in poverty and will have chosen gifts that brighten the world for us all.

One gift, many smiles.

Shari Blindt
Executive Director

Written by Tom Stukel — November 05, 2009

Life in Guatemala

Guatemala is a geographically diverse country with tropical rain forests, mountains, volcanoes, lowland forests, and beaches. Although many people are farmers and raise crops such as coffee, sugar, and bananas for export, malnutrition is common. At least 23 percent of children in Guatemala are under weight for their age.1 For many, it is difficult to find work that pays enough to support a family, and over 50 percent of the population lives below the country’s poverty line. Many families cannot afford to send their children to school, and the literacy rate, at 73 percent, is among the lowest in Latin America.2 Health care is limited to one doctor for every 1,100 people, and many people suffer from easily preventable or treatable diseases. Please keep reading and searching our catalog to see how you can help the impoverished people of Guatemala.

Written by Shopify — November 03, 2009


The Common Hope Gift Catalog is the perfect way to celebrate the blessings in your life by sharing with those in need. Honor your friends and family by making a gift in their name to benefit someone living in poverty.