25 Oct
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Preppa Graduation!

Thursday was an exciting morning for Reforz as they celebrated Preppa (Kindergarten) graduation!  

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23 Oct
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Thank You, English Program Supporters!

Greetings from Guatemala City! The 2014 UPAVIM school year is coming to an end! After the exhausting and exhilarating ups and downs of life in Guatemala City, we are wrapping up the school year, including the second year of the afternoon English Program at the UPAVIM School. Thank you so much for your support and […]

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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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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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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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20 Jun
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“A Ganar!” To Win!

This month UPAVIM began a new partnership with Children International’s “A Ganar” Program. This is a really exciting development for UPAVIM and Esperanza as a community. A Ganar is a program for 18-24 year olds that provides training in different areas of work. Initially training is through the development of sport skills, later linking these skills to […]

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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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27 Mar
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Building the Fourth Floor Begins…

Spring is here and with it comes new beginnings! We are very excited to announce the beginning of construction for our fourth floor. With the extra space created by this addition, we will be adding three additional classrooms to our school. This will allow our children to learn in a calmer environment, reducing crowding and […]

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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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10 Feb
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Aventuras en Lectura!

The library reading program, Aventuras en Lectura (Reading Adventures), started on October 29 with 65 students enrolled from Pre-Kindergarten to Sixth grade of primary school. Viviana, the UPAVIM librarian, started the program in 2008. “Many students have problems in school with reading. During the school vacation, they just watch TV and play in the streets. […]

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