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"Empowered Women Grow Communities"

UPAVIM’s mission: to support the women of La Esperanza in their fight for better economic, healthcare and educational opportunities for themselves, their families and their community.

Thank You for Your Support and Generosity

Although UPAVIM supports its school and daycare 100% through the sale of its crafts, our other programs rely on generous donations from people who believe in what we are doing and want to help. We gratefully accept donations and are extremely appreciative of any contributions to our programs. UPAVIM has received support from numerous churches, individuals, stores, non-profit organizations, and foundations since the cooperative began in 1988.

All donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.A.

The UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is a 501(C)(3) organization based in the United States. Part of our mission is to raise funds for the programs UPAVIM offers in Guatemala. UCDF is also currently raising money for construction of the 4th floor of UPAVIM’s second building, which will enable them to expand and improve their school and education program. All money received from donations, except a tiny amount used for stamps and envelopes to thank donors, goes directly to UPAVIM programs.

Thank you for your generous support.

UPAVIM’s fundraising needs at this time are:

Support Completion of the Annex Building

We tore down the building in 2000 to begin construction of our “Annex,” to stand next to our main building. We have had to build floor by floor as we raise money. The Global Fund for Women supported the first phase of construction and the Palmer Foundation supported Phase 2, which was completed in February 2004. Phase 3 was completed in 2008. The 4th floor was completed in 2016 and the roof-top playground was completed in 2017. Only the solar panels left to go!

The first floor houses our bakery, store and soy milk production factory, library, two classrooms and tutoring program. The third floor is connected to the third floor of building one and is an extension of the crafts program which has expanded through the years. Now that the 4th floor is complete the first two floor classroom has moved up and expanded. The much needed community library was able to increase in size and contain a computer lab. We also want to start a senior program where seniors could come a few mornings each week for a program and noon meal.

Support the English Program

By receiving high-quality, bilingual education, the children of La Esperanza will be better equipped to compete for employment in Guatemala’s increasingly global economy. The English Immersion Program not only broadens the future education and employment opportunities, but it also nearly doubles the number of hours students are in school, providing them with a nurturing environment away from the gang violence that is rampant on the streets of La Esperanza. When you make a donation to UPAVIM’s school, you are truly taking part in the transformation of this community.

Support for the Scholarship Program

For Primary School and Junior High students, the $63 Beca helps to cover the cost of their uniform, basic school supplies, and supplies for them to use at the UPAVIM tutoring center. All students are required to pass their classes to automatically receive this scholarship the following year. A committee of UPAVIMas evaluates the applications to determine which children in the community have the greatest need for the scholarships.

Suggested amounts:
  • 1 time payment of $63 for the year to sponsor 1 child
  • $10.50/month for 2 children
  • $15.75/month for 3 children

Support for the Library

The UPAVIM library serves as a vital resource for the children, parents, and teachers of La Esperanza and neighboring communities. We are excited to announce that construction on the school is complete and the library moved into a much larger and nicer space last fall! Viviana, our amazing librarian, has been doing a great job with the transition and is planning exciting ways to collaborate with the tutoring center in the new space. The library continues to serve as a vital resource for the children, parents, and teachers of La Esperanza and neighboring communities and is the only library of its kind that we know of in Guatemala City! We are thankful for those of you that have partnered with us to make the library a reality. Without the support you’ve provided, the library would not exist! With every dollar you donate, you are bringing precious books and a safe nurturing space to children.

Support for the Medical Clinic

The lab, pharmacy and medical clinic are open 5 mornings a week. The personnel consists of a doctor and lab technician, both from outside the community, and a local nurse. The consultation with the doctor costs Q 25.00 (approx. US$3.00). Some medicines are donated to us and others we buy from local pharmaceutical companies. We always sell the medicines at the lowest price possible so they will be affordable for the community.

General Donations

To be used where most needed.

Travel Expenses

Board members and volunteers are responsible for any travel expenses they may incur, however donations of unused air miles are gratefully accepted.

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