08 Oct
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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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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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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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30 Jun
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UCDF Welcomes New Board Members

UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is excited to welcome new members to our Board of Directors. Edward Murphy I served as a volunteer at UPAVIM for six months in 1998, and then again for three months in 1999.  (My wife, Christina Kelly, who was my girlfriend at the time, joined me for the second period […]

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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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13 Aug
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A Woman with a Heart of Gold

Meet Cristi This month we invite you to meet Cristi, part of UPAVIM’s bakery team. She also works in the crafts program making UPAVIM’s handmade products and is now learning how to sew. Cristi is a woman with a heart of gold and she wears a smile from ear to ear at all times. She […]

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