09 Aug
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

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.

READ MORE
20 Aug
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

UPAVIM Scholars: Nahoky

Meet Nahoky Nahoky is a 6th grade student at the UPAVIM School, and a recipient of a scholarship. For Primary School and Junior High students, the $45 Beca helps to cover the cost of their uniform, basic school supplies, and supplies for them to use at the UPAVIM tutoring center. The scholarship is a big help to […]

READ MORE
13 Aug
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

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 […]

READ MORE
09 Jul
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

Volunteer Profile: Linda

Linda just wrapped up her last month in May working in Reformiento,the tutoring program. She enjoyed that Reforz provides a more relaxed environment– working in Spanish, not having to give grades, and most of all, focusing on working directly with the children of the community and building relationships.

READ MORE
02 Jul
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

A Day in the Panaderia (bakery)

With tears in her eyes, Lili smiled and said, “UPAVIM is nothing less than a second home for me and for my children”.

READ MORE
25 Jun
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

Celebrating Mothers

Earlier this spring, we gave UPAVIM supporters the opportunity to send Mother’s Day Cards in honor of the women at UPAVIM. We thought you might like to see how the mothers of UPAVIM celebrated their special day!

READ MORE
31 Oct
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

Universal Children’s Day

I think what it is that most strikes me about these rights is that, though they may all be formally acknowledged in this international convention ratified years ago by the Guatemalan government, they still are not actually the reality of so many of the children in this country.

READ MORE
12 Sep
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

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.

READ MORE
08 Sep
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

“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 […]

READ MORE
01 Sep
  • By Theresa DeSouza
  • Cause in

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]

READ MORE