Over 13,000 people in Guatemala City live in communities surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump. These people build their houses out of scraps of garbage and often find their food in the trash as well. Many of the families in these communities struggle with different forms of addiction and abuse. Children living in these communities wake up every morning to face a rather harsh reality. Despite this despair, there are people dedicated to helping these families. In fact, there is an organization, Potter’s House Association, that is located at the center of these communities. Potter’s House Association has been serving these people for over twenty-seven years.
Hope’s in Style partners with Potter’s House Association to build houses for families in the communities through an annual fashion show fundraiser, Hope’s in Style. This fashion show features local high school students as stylists. Each stylist looks through pictures from the communities and chooses one that they find particularly inspiring. They use that inspiration as a muse to style an outfit that a friend will model at the fashion show. The audience will then vote for their favorite style.
This event is fun, interactive, and beautifully displays the hope for the poor in Guatemala City. Hope’s in Style is where fashion meets compassion!