Dear Friends of UPAVIM, We had planned to send out an upbeat newsletter end of March updating everyone on the recent accomplishments and changes at UPAVIM. Then our world changed in a matter of weeks and everything was turned upside down. As many of you know Guatemala closed its borders, no flights in and out, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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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