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.
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.
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 […]
At UPAVIM, we strongly support the use of volunteers in the non-profit industry. We never support the exploitation of workers (paid or unpaid.) Ideally, as our business grows, we will be able to continue to hire more employees and help contribute to the local economy, as well as that of La Esperanza. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, we are vigorously screened for our commitments to Fair Trade.
As you make your way through the school every day, you can hear the sounds of learning and fun reverberating throughout: laughter, singing, kids answering questions, counting in both English and Spanish, the chants of the alphabet in English. Classes resumed in mid-January after a week and a half of teacher training and a lot of […]
If I have at all lost track of just why I am here working in Reforzamiento, living in La Esperanza, David has reminded me.
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.
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, […]