09 Aug
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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14 Mar
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Fair Trade Empowers Women

Source: Fair Trade Winds Fair Trade Winds is a family-run retail store with seven locations across the country. We offer certified fair trade and environmentally sustainable products supporting artisans, farmers, and craftspeople from all over the globe. Facts about Women’s Rights Women bear the responsibility of collecting water for their families, and can spend up […]

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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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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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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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12 Feb
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Meet Marisol

A few months ago we introduced you to Dina, one half of the Montessori pre-school’s team. Now we would like you to meet the other half of the dynamic duo, Marisol. Marisol is a soft and quiet woman. She never raises her voice, talking in a near whisper, and yet the tiny Montessori students hear […]

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08 Jan
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UPAVIM goes to Chicago!

The women of UPAVIM would like to extend a huge thank you to First United Methodist Church of Illinois for organizing such a wonderful trip for five of our UPAVIMA’s to the beautiful city of Chicago. The women were invited on a week long experience, and had the opportunity to meet many different people and visited […]

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02 Jan
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Meet Tirsa

This month we introduce you to Tirsa, who is in charge of our shipping area, and also an acting assistant to Angela, Director of Crafts. A very happy and fashionable woman, Tirsa is distinct at UPAVIM and within the wider La Esperanza community. Never to be caught in flat shoes, she teeters her way around […]

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29 Dec
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UPAVIM Year in Review

[one_third] [framed_box bgColor=”#FFFFFF”] UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) Board of Directors Barb Lorraine President UPAVIM General Advisor Ellie Friedland Vice President Education Advisor Linda Wiley Secretary Janessa Landeck Treasurer Health Advisor Greg Norman Board Member Mary Joan Ferrara-Marsland Board Member Crafts Advisor Darlene Dombroski Board Member Fundraising Evie Vendermeer Board Member Fundraising [/framed_box] [framed_box bgColor=”#FFFFFF” […]

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