13 Aug
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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30 Apr
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Becas (scholarships) Update

Thank You!!! Thanks to the numerous UPAVIM supporters these children have been given the amazing opportunity to continue studying when it otherwise may have not been an option for them.  Keeping these young minds in school is not only important for them as individuals, but it is an important investment into the futures of their […]

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10 Mar
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The UPAVIM 2015 school year is off to a great start!

As you make your way through the school every day, you can hear the sounds of learning and fun reverberating throughout: laughter, singing, kids answering questions, counting in both English and Spanish, the chants of the alphabet in English. Classes resumed in mid-January after a week and a half of teacher training and a lot of […]

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30 Dec
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Volunteers in Action

UPAVIM’s success is in large part due to our dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers work hard and form lasting friendships while experiencing as much as they can of what Guatemala has to offer.

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22 Dec
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The UPAVIM Library Needs Your Help!

Dear Friends! Through your support, the UPAVIM library continues to be a safe and engaging place for kids as well as an invaluable resource for the community of La Esperanza, Guatemala. Last year we were able to raise enough funds to give Viviana, our librarian, a well deserved raise! Our donors are not only bringing […]

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04 Nov
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“I am a crazy dictionary”- Isai

by Linda Billotti Isai is a 14 year old boy that I give English classes to twice a week. He is in the 6th grade, with his brother Rudy, because he repeated a grade when he was younger. Isai is one of the sweetest and most talkative kids I have the pleasure of working with. […]

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31 Oct
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Universal Children’s Day

I think what it is that most strikes me about these rights is that, though they may all be formally acknowledged in this international convention ratified years ago by the Guatemalan government, they still are not actually the reality of so many of the children in this country.

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