02 Jul
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A Day in the Panaderia (bakery)

With tears in her eyes, Lili smiled and said, “UPAVIM is nothing less than a second home for me and for my children”.

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25 Jun
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Celebrating Mothers

Earlier this spring, we gave UPAVIM supporters the opportunity to send Mother’s Day Cards in honor of the women at UPAVIM. We thought you might like to see how the mothers of UPAVIM celebrated their special day!

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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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29 Apr
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A Mother’s Hope for the Future

Meet Johana Johana, the nurse in the UPAVIM medical clinic has a true passion for helping others. She’s the first person to welcome you into the clinic and the last person to wish you well on your way out. Johana’s dedication and determination make her the perfect person for the job. Yesterday, we introduced Daniel, […]

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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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08 Apr
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The question of Volunteers in the Non-Profit Industry

At UPAVIM, we strongly support the use of volunteers in the non-profit industry. We never support the exploitation of workers (paid or unpaid.) Ideally, as our business grows, we will be able to continue to hire more employees and help contribute to the local economy, as well as that of La Esperanza. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, we are vigorously screened for our commitments to Fair Trade.

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02 Apr
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Happy Mother’s Day from UPAVIM

Does Mother’s Day always sneak up on you?? Honor your mother or any of the inspiring women in your life this Mother’s Day by supporting mothers in Guatemala and we’ll take care of the card!

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13 Mar
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We are a Gold Certified Green America Business!

Did you know in addition to being a member of the Fair Trade Federation, UPAVIM Crafts is also a Gold Certified Green America business? What does that mean, exactly? Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses. […]

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10 Mar
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The UPAVIM 2015 school year is off to a great start!

As you make your way through the school every day, you can hear the sounds of learning and fun reverberating throughout: laughter, singing, kids answering questions, counting in both English and Spanish, the chants of the alphabet in English. Classes resumed in mid-January after a week and a half of teacher training and a lot of […]

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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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