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.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

4th Anniversary in Santa María de Jesús, Guatemala

Time flies in Guatemala, and to celebrate our 4th Anniversary in Santa María, the parents wanted to do it in style.

Since January, they got together and started to put aside a little money that they could from the harvests to make sure that the day, celebrated on 13th June (the anniversary is on 14th), would be one to remember!

I wasn't to know, although apparently all the volunteers this year have been in on it, and I was summoned to a "meeting" with Santiago and the fathers to discuss crops.
All the parents of the children were there, having been preparing since the early hours, along with the volunteers, making tortillas, Pepián and decorating.

The children, after weeks of practise, performed poems and excellent folkloric dances, continuing our tradition of keeping indigenous culture to the fore.

Speeches were made and a beautiful "tejido" was presented.

Then the food was distributed to everyone, more than 200 people: over 1000 tortillas were made and pepián for everyone. And we musn't forget the rum...yep, it flowed!

An amazing day and thanks, primarily to the parents of the children, Santiago and Petronilla, and also thanks to the many volunteers we have had over the past four years, to make the Santa María project so special, and we look forward to the next four years, and even longer!



Anonymous said...

now THAT was a day to remember!


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