This year, I am a member of the HOPE’S INterns program. Through the program, I am learning about social advocacy and developing my leadership skills to change the world! One of our main projects is organizing an annual fashion show fundraiser called Hope’s in Style. This is an important event that brings together our community and rallies for hope!
I hope to raise money for the 501(c)(3) organization, HOPE’S IN, as I believe that they positively change the lives of the people living in Guatemala. HOPE’S IN has been working to empower families in Guatemala for the past 8 years. Their programs focus on community development projects like building homes, special education, empowering teen mothers, medical care, and raising up the next generation of humanitarian leaders.
My fundraising goal is to raise $1,000 to help build a home for a family living in the garbage dump communities of Guatemala City. The cost of a home in these communities ranges from $5700-7500. I know that what I fundraise will make a difference and empower a family with a dignified, safer home!
Families living in the communities we work alongside are partially or completely reliant on the city’s landfill for means to survive and make a living. Many families live in homes built from materials found in the garbage; they often have dirt floors and rarely have running water. Families work in the garbage dump all day long looking for bottles to recycle or items to sell. On average, families make about $5-7 a day. Therefore, it would take families multiple generations to save enough money for a new, cinderblock home.
We believe these homes bring families added security, dignity, and a better quality of life. I support the home building program because shelter is an obvious necessity for a safe and healthy life. When I was in middle school and first heard about Hope’s In I wanted to be involved. It looked like such an amazing cause with a trip that would be fun, but also eye-opening. My sister went to Guatemala when she was in college for another program and absolutely loved it so when I heard that I could have the opportunity to do so and build homes for those who truly needed it, I knew I wanted to get involved. If given the chance when it is safe to travel, I would absolutely love to go to Guatemala and build homes as I know it would be an amazing experience. I especially would enjoy building because I love working with my hands! I crochet and sew often so this would be another and larger scale project that I would be honored to be apart of. Will you help me to achieve my goal to make an impact this April?
Thank you for giving the gift the hope!