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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23 Oct
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The Heart of UPAVIM

Meet Dina There is only one real reason why UPAVIM’s Montessori pre-school is so successful, our devoted teachers. One of these outstanding teachers is Dona Dina. The first thing you will notice about Dina is the overwhelming motherliness she exuberates, you can not help but want to hug her, and she will hug you back! […]

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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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14 Oct
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The NGO List

I recently discovered a great new website (rather, I should say, this great new website discovered UPAVIM) The NGO List. The NGO List is a website dedicated to promoting volunteer opportunities around the world. According to their site, [highlight type=”light”]The NGO List is designed to help would-be volunteers become the real thing. Here you can […]

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