Updates from Guatemala! New Floor, New School Supplies and New Visitors!
We have exciting news to share with you! As spring comes upon us, UPAVIM Crafts will be heading for the hills of West Virginia!! Our US Distribution Center will be moving from Ijamsville, MD to Berkeley Springs, WV.
Source: Fair Trade Winds Fair Trade Winds is a family-run retail store with seven locations across the country. We offer certified fair trade and environmentally sustainable products supporting artisans, farmers, and craftspeople from all over the globe. Facts about Women’s Rights Women bear the responsibility of collecting water for their families, and can spend up […]
When a Peace Corps volunteer returns from spending two years working overseas with counterparts struggling to earn a sustainable living, it’s not uncommon for the RPCV to end up involved in Fair Trade. Source: The Path Often Traveled – Why Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Find Fair Trade Mary Joan Ferrara set off for Botswana […]
Meet Gustavo Gustavo Sanic is a thirteen year old boy in the UPAVIM After School Tutoring Program who also receives a scholarship every year from the UPAVIM Scholarship fund. He attends one of the public schools in the community called Sol Naciente. His classes start everyday at 7:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. He then […]
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 […]
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 […]
Many children in La Esperanza do not get their nutritional needs met so here in the clinic we are trying to tackle this problem with the program in the school and we are also in the process of raising donations for children’s vitamins.
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.
With tears in her eyes, Lili smiled and said, “UPAVIM is nothing less than a second home for me and for my children”.