27 Oct
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Los Programas de Vacaciones

by Linda Billotti November will be a very busy month for Reforzameinto! The kids just all finished their exams and are done with school for the year! (In Guatemala the school vacation is November and December rather than the summer months that I am accustomed to in the US) To keep the kids entertained, off […]

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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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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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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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27 Aug
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Why are we as we are?

International Indigenous Peoples Day last month was a very special day for the women of UPAVIM, who attended the Guatemalan exposition entitled, ‘Why are we as we are?’ The UPAVIMas took the opportunity to learn and reflect, and to debate and contribute ideas about how the exposition connected with their daily lives, their personal experiences and their work, while searching for a way forward for themselves and their country.

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26 Aug
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Global Village, Peroria Heights, IL

As a new feature of our blog, we will be featuring one of our retail partners each month. We encourage you to visit and support our partners in their businesses as their support is vital to the success of UPAVIM Crafts and the organization as a whole! Global Village is a not-for-profit retail store in Peoria Heights, IL. We are all volunteer staff–our board of directors and our shop volunteers.

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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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