02 Oct
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“Making change takes one small change of attitude.”

by Courtney Cline A few months ago we shared the story of UPAVIM sixth grader, Mishell and her powerful speech on “The Power of Education.” We are excited to share that for the 7th time this year, Mishell has used her microphone to take Villa Nueva by storm. Mishell has been competing all year in speech competitions, […]

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15 Sep
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¡Feliz dia de Independencia!

A sea of patriotic blue and white flags and banners hang from windows and public buildings, the drumrolls of marching bands, melodies of marimbas, and chirps of parade whistles play rhythms in the air. Symbols of national pride: the national flower (Monja Blanca), bird, (the Queztal), tree, (the Ceiba), and adored national hero, the Mayan […]

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12 Sep
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Miss INDEPENDENCE!

September 15th is Guatemala’s Independence Day, and it is no small event on the calendar. Last week, UPAVIM celebrated the coronation of Miss Independence Day for UPAVIM School. This title is quite an honor; the winner represents her school, leading the way in our Independence Day marches. Competitors were selected by their classmates, one girl from each grade.

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08 Sep
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“This is your life; are you who you want to be?”

by Caitie Lezell “This is your life; are you who you want to be?” – Switchfoot Monday begins my third week working at UPAVIM, and though I still have an extraordinary amount more to learn about this organization and this neighborhood, I’ve certainly more or less established a daily routine. And so, I figured that it would be […]

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05 Sep
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Preppa Gimnasio Competitio

On Thursday, September 4, UPAVIM’s kindergarten class participated in a multi-school Gymnastics Dance competition. All the kindergarten classes in Villa Nueva, nine in total, participated in the day’s festivities. The dance routines were all choreographed by the kindergarten teacher and parents, set to a mix of patriotic marimba music and English pop songs. An UPAVIM mom […]

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01 Sep
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A Day at the Water Park!

The entire Reforz took a trip to a local water park in August. Trips like this would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers who paid the bus fees as well as entrance to the park for most students. [slideshow type=”nivo” source=”{s:waterpark}” height=”612″][/slideshow]

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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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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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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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