08 Oct
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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Immigration Liberation Project

Contributed by Greg Norman, UCDF Board Member UCDF volunteers have organized to support lawyers working pro bono for their asylum-seeking clients in detention centers around the U.S. by filling a particular and urgent need – putting these lawyers in contact with Mayan-language speaking immigration activists in Guatemala to provide interpreting services and help them prepare […]

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08 Oct
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UPAVIM in the Era of Mass Deportations

Contributed by Edward Murphy, Ph. D, Board Member Since Donald Trump has been president, it has become increasingly clear that we live in an era of mass deportations.  Yet amid all of the noise and inhumane immigration policies of the Trump presidency, it may come as a surprise that the actual pace of deportations has […]

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24 Jun
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Field Trip, Band Fundraising, Fuego Volcano Relief

The following is extracted from the blog of Sofia Gomez, an english teacher at UPAVIM in Guatemala City. Field Trip! As I write this, we are a few weeks into our third quarter, and we have our mid-year break in a week. Work continues to be busy and trying at times, but every now and […]

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23 Jun
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Reforzamiento / Reforz

UPAVIM provides an educational support program for children and their families called reforzamiento. This program is an after school/before school program that assists children in learning.  All of our scholarship recipients are welcomed and encouraged to use this opportunity. In reforzamiento the children are provided a safe place to learn, play and grow. For some, reforzamiento will be […]

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22 Jun
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Reforzamiento / Reforz

UPAVIM provides an educational support program for children and their families called reforzamiento. This program is an after school/before school program that assists children in learning.  In reforzamiento the children are provided a safe place to learn, play and grow. For some this reforzamiento will be the only education that they will be able to […]

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07 Sep
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Turning Handmade Textiles Into Home Decor Pillows

This article originates from Cultural Cloth, by Angie Brown. Sometimes in the past we would meet artisans who made beautiful handmade weavings or amazingly detailed embroideries but they did not have the resources to take these handmade pieces and make them into pillows and home décor that we could sell in our shop. They didn’t […]

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01 Sep
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Dulce Means Sweet in English

This article was contributed by Sofia Gomez, an English teacher at UPAVIM. Here at UPAVIM, one of the first graders’ favorite things to ask is how to say their names in English. They will go around asking for each and every one of their classmate’s “English name.” One of the first graders’ name is Dulce, […]

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04 Apr
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5th Year of Bilingual Program Begins

Exciting things are happening in the UPAVIM bilingual school this year! We kicked off the 2017 school year with a great start and are so excited for the future and what it will bring to the UPAVIM students. We are starting our fundraising campaign for the UPAVIM Bilingual school early this year! We need to […]

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20 Mar
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A Day in the Life of an English Teacher at UPAVIM

  The following is excerpted from the blog of Sofia Gomez, one of the new English teachers.  It’s a personal account of a regular day on the ground at UPAVIM … The school I’m currently teaching at is the Alternative Learning Center (Centro de Aprendizaje Alternativo in Spanish, C.A.A. for short) of an NGO called UPAVIM. The school is […]

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06 Sep
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UPAVIM Library Supporting Community Literacy

Viviana always loved reading as a child, even though they had no books at home. Growing up, there was one small library close to her house. She went there to look at the books, but because the library was so small (only about 100 books) they were not available for check out. In addition to […]

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