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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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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23 Oct
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Thank You, English Program Supporters!

Greetings from Guatemala City! The 2014 UPAVIM school year is coming to an end! After the exhausting and exhilarating ups and downs of life in Guatemala City, we are wrapping up the school year, including the second year of the afternoon English Program at the UPAVIM School. Thank you so much for your support and […]

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11 Aug
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Dear Friends and Family

Mary Joan Ferrara Marsland is our US Director of Marketing and Distribution for UPAVIM Crafts as well as a member of the UPAVIM Community Development Foundation Board.  Dear Friends and Family, Hope you are having a good summer! As many of you know I have worked for UPAVIM Crafts for over 16 years now but […]

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14 Jul
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Our Community is Under Attack

But, just as the name of this community means hope, esperanza is still alive in the hearts of the women and children in this small but brave community. UPAVIM was here long before the gangs made Esperanza and the wider Villa Nueva part of their territory. And while the violence is heavy on our hearts and minds, UPAVIM will continue to be here, a positive force and rock of strength that will serve this special, beautiful community – staying united to fight for a better life.

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27 Mar
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Building the Fourth Floor Begins…

Spring is here and with it comes new beginnings! We are very excited to announce the beginning of construction for our fourth floor. With the extra space created by this addition, we will be adding three additional classrooms to our school. This will allow our children to learn in a calmer environment, reducing crowding and […]

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26 Mar
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English Program Fundraising

Fundraising efforts for the English Program have been so successful! We would like to extend a huge thank you to everybody who contributed by organizing, attending and donating. In Wales we had a musical benefit, where very talented musicians and a couple of hilarious comedians donated their time to support UPAVIM and make the fundraiser […]

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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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