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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04 Mar
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The Path Often Traveled – Why Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Find Fair Trade

When a Peace Corps volunteer returns from spending two years working overseas with counterparts struggling to earn a sustainable living, it’s not uncommon for the RPCV to end up involved in Fair Trade. Source: The Path Often Traveled – Why Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Find Fair Trade   Mary Joan Ferrara set off for Botswana […]

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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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05 Aug
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An Update from the Clinic

Many children in La Esperanza do not get their nutritional needs met so here in the clinic we are trying to tackle this problem with the program in the school and we are also in the process of raising donations for children’s vitamins.

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09 Jul
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Volunteer Profile: Linda

Linda just wrapped up her last month in May working in Reformiento,the tutoring program. She enjoyed that Reforz provides a more relaxed environment– working in Spanish, not having to give grades, and most of all, focusing on working directly with the children of the community and building relationships.

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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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09 Jun
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Transitions

by Caitie Lezell (editors note: the following blog post was shared with us by a former volunteer, reflecting on her time at UPAVIM. Thank you Caitie for sharing your experiences with us!) [blockquote cite=”Josh Garrels”] So much more to life than we’ve been told; It’s full of beauty that will unfold [/blockquote] I’ve been home from […]

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