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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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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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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10 Aug
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We’re moving up

UPAVIM CAA, our alternative learning center, is in for a big and much anticipated upgrade. With a current toll of 148 students between the grades of kindergarten to sixth, it’s a tight fit in our current available space. Several classrooms are split by temporary walls and are home to two grade levels each. Not only […]

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09 Aug
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UPAVIM is in my blood

There is so much to be done here. So many ways the families of UPAVIM need us. Being here, I see and feel the impact of the work we do on a daily basis. I see it in the smiles and feel it in the hugs. These women and children are in my blood now. I don’t think I’ll ever really be able to leave them.

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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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