09 Aug
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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13 Aug
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A Woman with a Heart of Gold

Meet Cristi This month we invite you to meet Cristi, part of UPAVIM’s bakery team. She also works in the crafts program making UPAVIM’s handmade products and is now learning how to sew. Cristi is a woman with a heart of gold and she wears a smile from ear to ear at all times. She […]

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09 Jun
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Transitions

by Caitie Lezell (editors note: the following blog post was shared with us by a former volunteer, reflecting on her time at UPAVIM. Thank you Caitie for sharing your experiences with us!) [blockquote cite=”Josh Garrels”] So much more to life than we’ve been told; It’s full of beauty that will unfold [/blockquote] I’ve been home from […]

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14 Jul
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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