25 Mar
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International Day of Happiness

Smiles all around! Did you know that Thursday March 20th was International Day of Happiness? UPAVIM never misses  a chance for a celebration so we flew into full force happiness. Pahola, our school Director, and some of the other teachers kicked off the day by presenting the children with a poem all about the importance of […]

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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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10 Feb
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Aventuras en Lectura!

The library reading program, Aventuras en Lectura (Reading Adventures), started on October 29 with 65 students enrolled from Pre-Kindergarten to Sixth grade of primary school. Viviana, the UPAVIM librarian, started the program in 2008. “Many students have problems in school with reading. During the school vacation, they just watch TV and play in the streets. […]

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28 Jan
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ESL English Teachers Needed!

[two_third][framed_box bgColor=”#FFFFFF”] Job Description In 2002 UPAVIM’s school was established to offer the children of La Esperanza and neighboring communities a nurturing, stimulating and inspiring atmosphere to learn and grow. Students are taught to resolve interpersonal conflicts, to make decisions as a group with consideration for individual needs, to respect their peers without discriminating according […]

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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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04 Jan
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Volunteer Story: Meet Lukas!

Where are you from? I’m from Belgium, Ghent. A country where, together with Holland, we have an organisation to support UPAVIM, it was founded by former volunteers. Where and what are you studying? I’m studying at KaHo in Ghent, I am studying engineering (electro mechanics). What did you do at UPAVIM? I was a teacher […]

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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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16 Dec
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UPAVIM English Program

Dear Friend, Thank you for watching our video, and taking the time to hear our story.   UPAVIM (Unidas Para Vivir Mejor) is located in a slum on the outskirts of Guatemala City, in what is designated as a ‘red zone’ by the government. The term ‘red zone’ signifies a high level of violence and […]

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13 Dec
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MAKE A PROMISE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

URGENT NEED: Expansion of educational space for UPAVIM Children the world over have dreams for their future. Like your children they dream of being doctors, pilots, ballerinas or teachers. These Guatemalan children are smiling because they now see the possibility of turning their dreams into reality. The lives of these children are being transformed by […]

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