Keeping these young minds in school is not only important for them as individuals, but it is an important investment into the futures of their families and their community.

Reforzamiento (Tutoring Center) 1992-Present

UPAVIM’S tutoring center is a safe and interactive space in La Esperanza open to all students in primary grades to to find help with homework and enrichment through play. Reyna Cho, a local Guatemalan woman, supervises the tutoring program with the assistance of international volunteers when we have them. This program operates entirely on the generosity of our donors.

Reforzamiento is UPAVIM’S tutoring center. Run by supervisor Reyna Cho, a local woman, and staffed by international volunteers when we have them. It is a safe and interactive space for children in La Esperanza to find help with homework and enrichment through play.

A Safe Space

Reforzamiento is so important for the community because its primary attendees, public school students, are only in class for half of the day. The center is a sanctuary for these children who might otherwise be out on the gang controlled streets. Here they have access to craft supplies, puzzles, books, and games that they don’t have at home. They also find the support and guidance of Reyna and the volunteers. The center also works with children in the community in the mornings who cannot go to school at all for reasons out of their control, such as disabilities, do not have a birth certificate, etc.

The Tutoring Program's Wish List:

  • Volunteers to staff the center.

  • Books for children and teenagers in Spanish.

  • General educational materials in Spanish (maps, science activities, craft supplies, etc.).

  • Materials for teaching English to children and adults.

The Center Offers:

  • One-on-one tutoring

  • Lessons in small groups

  • Prepa (a preschool class)

  • English lessons for children and adults


From Reyna’s salary to pencils and paper, everything Reforzamiento offers the students of La Esperanza is made possible by donations.