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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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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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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01 Jul
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Fundraising Year Ahead

The Board of the UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) came together for its annual meeting on May 21st and 22nd. Our dedicated board members lived in 8 different states and 3 different countries at the time of our meeting. We have increased that with the happy addition of new members since the meeting. You can […]

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01 Jul
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Education is Hope is La Esperanza

With One Today, we hope to make giving to upavim a fun and social activity you can share with your friends! One Today allows you to join a community of socially minded individuals, all with the same goal of changing the world, one day and one dollar at a time.

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24 Aug
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UPAVIM Scholars: Gustavo

Meet Gustavo Gustavo Sanic is a thirteen year old boy in the UPAVIM After School Tutoring Program who also receives a scholarship every year from the UPAVIM Scholarship fund. He attends one of the public schools in the community called Sol Naciente. His classes start everyday at 7:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. He then […]

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20 Aug
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UPAVIM Scholars: Nahoky

Meet Nahoky Nahoky is a 6th grade student at the UPAVIM School, and a recipient of a scholarship. For Primary School and Junior High students, the $45 Beca helps to cover the cost of their uniform, basic school supplies, and supplies for them to use at the UPAVIM tutoring center. The scholarship is a big help to […]

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05 Aug
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An Update from the Clinic

Many children in La Esperanza do not get their nutritional needs met so here in the clinic we are trying to tackle this problem with the program in the school and we are also in the process of raising donations for children’s vitamins.

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30 Apr
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Becas (scholarships) Update

Thank You!!! Thanks to the numerous UPAVIM supporters these children have been given the amazing opportunity to continue studying when it otherwise may have not been an option for them.  Keeping these young minds in school is not only important for them as individuals, but it is an important investment into the futures of their […]

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