08 Oct
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Immigration Liberation Project

Contributed by Greg Norman, UCDF Board Member UCDF volunteers have organized to support lawyers working pro bono for their asylum-seeking clients in detention centers around the U.S. by filling a particular and urgent need – putting these lawyers in contact with Mayan-language speaking immigration activists in Guatemala to provide interpreting services and help them prepare […]

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08 Oct
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UPAVIM in the Era of Mass Deportations

Contributed by Edward Murphy, Ph. D, Board Member Since Donald Trump has been president, it has become increasingly clear that we live in an era of mass deportations.  Yet amid all of the noise and inhumane immigration policies of the Trump presidency, it may come as a surprise that the actual pace of deportations has […]

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24 Jun
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Field Trip, Band Fundraising, Fuego Volcano Relief

The following is extracted from the blog of Sofia Gomez, an english teacher at UPAVIM in Guatemala City. Field Trip! As I write this, we are a few weeks into our third quarter, and we have our mid-year break in a week. Work continues to be busy and trying at times, but every now and […]

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01 Sep
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Dulce Means Sweet in English

This article was contributed by Sofia Gomez, an English teacher at UPAVIM. Here at UPAVIM, one of the first graders’ favorite things to ask is how to say their names in English. They will go around asking for each and every one of their classmate’s “English name.” One of the first graders’ name is Dulce, […]

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06 Sep
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UPAVIM Library Supporting Community Literacy

Viviana always loved reading as a child, even though they had no books at home. Growing up, there was one small library close to her house. She went there to look at the books, but because the library was so small (only about 100 books) they were not available for check out. In addition to […]

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17 Aug
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Clinic Updates

The clinic staff and volunteers used the donated funds to purchase hundreds of medications and first aid supplies. The Peso y Talla (Weight and Height) program has been expanded to include screening for malnutrition, developmental delays, and disabilities in children from birth to five years old. Charlas de Salud Preventiva (Preventive Health Talks), aims to educate the La Esperanza community about easy changes they can make to prevent common diseases.

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09 Aug
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UPAVIM is in my blood

There is so much to be done here. So many ways the families of UPAVIM need us. Being here, I see and feel the impact of the work we do on a daily basis. I see it in the smiles and feel it in the hugs. These women and children are in my blood now. I don’t think I’ll ever really be able to leave them.

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01 Jul
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Fundraising Year Ahead

The Board of the UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) came together for its annual meeting on May 21st and 22nd. Our dedicated board members lived in 8 different states and 3 different countries at the time of our meeting. We have increased that with the happy addition of new members since the meeting. You can […]

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01 Jul
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Education is Hope is La Esperanza

With One Today, we hope to make giving to upavim a fun and social activity you can share with your friends! One Today allows you to join a community of socially minded individuals, all with the same goal of changing the world, one day and one dollar at a time.

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30 Jun
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UCDF Welcomes New Board Members

UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is excited to welcome new members to our Board of Directors. Edward Murphy I served as a volunteer at UPAVIM for six months in 1998, and then again for three months in 1999.  (My wife, Christina Kelly, who was my girlfriend at the time, joined me for the second period […]

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