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Excellence and Intentionality in COVID-19 Response

Excellence and Intentionality in COVID-19 Response

As the pandemic and its economic impact ravaged the communities we serve, Institute graduates stepped up to lead a comprehensive 4-part emergency response plan. Their communities were no longer receiving shipments and deliveries, and consequently, their neighbors were facing severe food shortages.

Young leaders responded with urgency, intentionality, and excellence. In addition to longer term projects like a community garden, mentorship programs, and educational resources, the team developed and implemented the delivery of supply packs to the most vulnerable families in the four communities we serve. 

Iran, our Emergency Response Coordinator, and Gema, the leader of the supply pack initiative, worked together to map the neighborhoods, identify families in severe need (noted by the markers on the maps), and deliver food and supplies directly to their doors. 


Meet Karmina — our new Director of Hands Offering Hope Mexico

Meet Karmina — our new Director of Hands Offering Hope Mexico

Earlier this year, as our team in Mexico was growing and we established a more permanent presence with Casa Hope, we made the decision to hire the Director for Hands Offering Hope Mexico, Karmina Vargaslugo. And as Karmina stepped into her role in late February, the world turned upside down.

With the pandemic and its associated economic impact ravaging the communities we serve, Karmina hit the ground running — working with our Institute graduates as they created, planned, and began to implement our four-part emergency response initiative that you have helped make possible. Because of our incredible team, we have accomplished so much together (check out this video for an update!).

Karmina handles all of the financial and organizational administration of Hands Offering Hope Mexico and is overjoyed to be able to help and empower young people.

“I was born with a dream to help others and to give love to those who need it most. Now, I feel so happy to make that dream a reality – it has been my greatest joy.”

Please join us in welcoming Karmina to the team — and expressing our gratitude for her leadership and encouragement in this unexpected and important season.

Community Call – May 28, 2020

Yesterday, we hosted our Community Call and heard more about what this generous support is making possible. If you weren’t able to join us, you can listen the recording of our conversation here.

We have big plans for the Summer Institute, our new house of hope, continued community support through food security and public health programs, and more. Thank you for making all of this possible through your generous giving!


Welcome to Casa Hope

We are so excited to introduce you to Casa Hope. Our Home of Hope. It is a home chosen, named, and run by our student leaders.

Located in Kantunilkín, Casa Hope serves as our anchoring point at the heart of the communities we work in — a safe place for students to create, grow, and serve, even in crisis. In January at the Winter Conference, Amy and Gener showed us around Casa Hope — sharing all of the amazing ways this space can and will be used to connect, equip, and serve students. What we didn’t know then was just how paramount this home would be for our community’s emergency response to COVID-19.

Casa Hope is providing space to coordinate initiatives, connectivity to remain in frequent contact with our team around the globe, and land to cultivate a community garden. We can’t wait to show you our new home — so enjoy a virtual tour of Casa Hope!

Community Call – April 20, 2020

On our recent community calls, we answered questions about the emergency unfolding in Lázaro Cárdenas. Student leaders in Mexico are spearheading our response, and you can hear directly from them about the current crises facing their families and neighbors. Watch the recording now:

COVID-19 Emergency Response Calls

The last few weeks in our world have been unprecedented. And I’m writing to you with urgency and resolve as the young people we serve in Mexico face a truly terrifying, uncertain future. This is more than a public health issue. This is about survival. 

In the past four weeks, the local economy of Lazaro Cardenas—the county we serve—has collapsed. The core economies of tourism and fishing exports have completely disappeared. And the supply of food and critical goods like soap, cooking oil, and toilet paper has come to a screeching halt.

This week, the incredible young leaders of Hands Offering Hope have presented us with a plan. They have told us how we can join them in creating stability and security for themselves and their neighbors in the coming months. And we want to share that plan personally with you.

Over the next two weeks, we will host three community calls where Hands Offering Hope leadership will share the important next steps we will take to respond to this crisis. Your questions, comments, and thoughts will all be welcome.​

Please choose the call that best suits your schedule, and RSVP at the corresponding link below.

COVID-19 has upended all of our lives in big and small ways—and for the students and communities we serve, this global health crisis is poised to have catastrophic long-term effects.

We have been fighting for and championing these young men and women for the last 6 years. They are now in a position to lead us as we come alongside them in caring for their community.

We hope you will join one of these calls to learn how we will meet this crisis, and how you have equipped us to do it.

On behalf of the Hands Offering Hope young leaders showing us the way,


P.S.  Please know that these calls will not include asking you for donations, but are an opportunity to share our plans for sustaining the health, well-being, and continued growth of our young leaders and their communities.