21 Aug
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Top 10 Reasons to Shop Fair Trade for Back to School

Some people might think of fair trade as simply a marketing ploy used to sell more products, but we know that when we buy fair trade products from fully committed fair trade organizations, they truly have a positive impact on the people who make them and their families and communities. In case you need a […]

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06 Aug
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The Power of Education

“Imagine a world without education, a society without a history, a book without words.” Profound words from a very inspiring young lady.

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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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24 Jun
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My First Visit Back

by Janessa Landeck It had been six and half years since I left La Esperanza and the women of UPAVIM.  I still remember squeezing into a taxi with my husband, three-year-old son, all our possessions, and way too many crafts.  The three of us had loved our year volunteering at UPAVIM, but I would be […]

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24 Jun
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Meet Reyna

A special part of UPAVIM is Reforzamiento, a place where students of UPAVIM and other children from La Esperanza can come and receive help and tutoring. In charge of the program is Reyna. She has celebrity status in La Esperanza and the reason is clear, there is so much charisma in this tiny lady it […]

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20 Jun
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Field Trip Time for Reforzamiento

This month has been full of exciting things for all the children of UPAVIM! With the arrival of Nourish there have been lots of new faces to get to know, and new people to play with! Thanks to the addition of so many volunteers, as well as a generous donation from the family of Meagan, […]

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20 Jun
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“A Ganar!” To Win!

This month UPAVIM began a new partnership with Children International’s “A Ganar” Program. This is a really exciting development for UPAVIM and Esperanza as a community. A Ganar is a program for 18-24 year olds that provides training in different areas of work. Initially training is through the development of sport skills, later linking these skills to […]

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01 Apr
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Volunteer Story: Meet Jess!

We would like to thank Jess, our dedicated health program volunteer who came all the way from Canada to work with us for almost a year. She never failed to do everything she could to improve the lives of the women of UPAVIM. Jess ran an exercise program for the women of UPAVIM as well as […]

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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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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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