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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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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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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21 Oct
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Independence Day!

September 15th was Guatemalan Independence Day, and UPAVIM took part with the rest of the country, with a full week of events. The children and teachers marched in parades through the community, along with other schools from the surrounding areas. They waved flags and many of the girls spent weeks practicing their baton twirling. The […]

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