CONGRATULATIONS to all the Challengers on our first six Charity Challenges of 2011, biking from Guatemala to Honduras, the inaugural Nicaragua Volcano Challenge, Brazil's Chapada Diamantina Challenge , Guatemala's first Caribbean Kayak Challenge, Perú´s Cerani Pass and Ecuador's Volcano Challenge. Nicaragua's second volcano Challenge is set for 3rd-6th November and the third Guatemala Volcano Challenge dates are set for 27th November -2nd December.

Click on the following for our most recent official project reports for Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Perú and Brazil.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nicaragua starts

Finally after over a year, our new Phoenix project has started in the communities around Estelí, Nicaragua, the old Sandinista stronghold, close to the Honduran border.

One community is next to Estelí's garbage dump and the other is in the rural wilderness. There is no electricity, no running water and the houses are built from what can be found nearby.

We will be working primarily on teaching in the local schools, where one teacher semi-teaches many children of all ages, grades and abilities.

Adult literacy is also a priority, working alongside a government initiative to bring adult literacy to the fore. Lack of manpower has stalled this program, though we can now bring it forward.

We will also be working on stoves, letrines, wells and other community based projects which the members of the communities have stated are priorities.

We have already taken up materials for three stoves, which Rufus and Connie will start on this coming Monday.

Gabriel will start to make inroads into the teaching, where the problems are throughout and the children are far behind where they should be, not helped that the teacher turns up for a couple of hours.

I am very glad to add Nicaragua to our Phoenix projects and look forward to many years working in these communities.


How does GVI Phoenix make a difference?

The following film was made in Guatemala, though the message is the same across all GVI Phoenix projects