22 Jun
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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07 Sep
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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Turning Handmade Textiles Into Home Decor Pillows

This article originates from Cultural Cloth, by Angie Brown. Sometimes in the past we would meet artisans who made beautiful handmade weavings or amazingly detailed embroideries but they did not have the resources to take these handmade pieces and make them into pillows and home décor that we could sell in our shop. They didn’t […]

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01 Sep
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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04 Apr
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5th Year of Bilingual Program Begins

Exciting things are happening in the UPAVIM bilingual school this year! We kicked off the 2017 school year with a great start and are so excited for the future and what it will bring to the UPAVIM students. We are starting our fundraising campaign for the UPAVIM Bilingual school early this year! We need to […]

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20 Mar
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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17 Aug
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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Clinic Updates

The clinic staff and volunteers used the donated funds to purchase hundreds of medications and first aid supplies. The Peso y Talla (Weight and Height) program has been expanded to include screening for malnutrition, developmental delays, and disabilities in children from birth to five years old. Charlas de Salud Preventiva (Preventive Health Talks), aims to educate the La Esperanza community about easy changes they can make to prevent common diseases.

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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
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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