28 Apr
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One Student’s Hope for the Future

Johanna worries for the future; she worries and does not know what they will do when his current device stops working or what they will do as he continues to grow and will need a bigger size. It is taxing having to constantly worry because it is not an if but a when that Daniel will need a new device. She prays a lot and wonders if and where the help for prosthetic ears will come from.

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30 Dec
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Volunteers in Action

UPAVIM’s success is in large part due to our dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers work hard and form lasting friendships while experiencing as much as they can of what Guatemala has to offer.

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22 Dec
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The UPAVIM Library Needs Your Help!

Dear Friends! Through your support, the UPAVIM library continues to be a safe and engaging place for kids as well as an invaluable resource for the community of La Esperanza, Guatemala. Last year we were able to raise enough funds to give Viviana, our librarian, a well deserved raise! Our donors are not only bringing […]

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27 Nov
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Thank you!

We are so thankful to all of our supporters. Donors, Customers, Volunteers, Employees, Friends and Family – without your support we could not continue to support our community. From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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27 Oct
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Los Programas de Vacaciones

by Linda Billotti November will be a very busy month for Reforzameinto! The kids just all finished their exams and are done with school for the year! (In Guatemala the school vacation is November and December rather than the summer months that I am accustomed to in the US) To keep the kids entertained, off […]

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02 Oct
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“Making change takes one small change of attitude.”

by Courtney Cline A few months ago we shared the story of UPAVIM sixth grader, Mishell and her powerful speech on “The Power of Education.” We are excited to share that for the 7th time this year, Mishell has used her microphone to take Villa Nueva by storm. Mishell has been competing all year in speech competitions, […]

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12 Sep
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Miss INDEPENDENCE!

September 15th is Guatemala’s Independence Day, and it is no small event on the calendar. Last week, UPAVIM celebrated the coronation of Miss Independence Day for UPAVIM School. This title is quite an honor; the winner represents her school, leading the way in our Independence Day marches. Competitors were selected by their classmates, one girl from each grade.

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05 Sep
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Preppa Gimnasio Competitio

On Thursday, September 4, UPAVIM’s kindergarten class participated in a multi-school Gymnastics Dance competition. All the kindergarten classes in Villa Nueva, nine in total, participated in the day’s festivities. The dance routines were all choreographed by the kindergarten teacher and parents, set to a mix of patriotic marimba music and English pop songs. An UPAVIM mom […]

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27 Aug
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Why are we as we are?

International Indigenous Peoples Day last month was a very special day for the women of UPAVIM, who attended the Guatemalan exposition entitled, ‘Why are we as we are?’ The UPAVIMas took the opportunity to learn and reflect, and to debate and contribute ideas about how the exposition connected with their daily lives, their personal experiences and their work, while searching for a way forward for themselves and their country.

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27 Mar
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Building the Fourth Floor Begins…

Spring is here and with it comes new beginnings! We are very excited to announce the beginning of construction for our fourth floor. With the extra space created by this addition, we will be adding three additional classrooms to our school. This will allow our children to learn in a calmer environment, reducing crowding and […]

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