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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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Plan Ancianos in Santa María, Guatemala

This past week, we started the Plan Ancianos, or Old People's Food Program in Santa María de Jesús. This has been running in Itzapa for some time and now we have added it to Santa María, thanks to the GVI Phoenix volunteers and the GVI Charitable Trust.

Plan Ancianos works as follows: each month, the elderly generation of our children in the schools, will receive food parcels containing the basic foodstuffs: oil, salt, sugar, mosh (oatmeal), pastas, rice, frijoles (beans) and soap, which supplements what little they have at present.

Due to economic constraints, the elderly population tend not to eat much as the limited food does not stretch that far. Maybe a couple of tortillas and a chilli on a daily basis.

Plan Ancianos hopes that with this addition for the elderly population's food, there will be more for the children to eat, as well as the "ancianitos", continuing our aim of feeding and educating the children.

It is only available for the families with children in the school with us, so another reason for the parents to send their children to school each day - the child doesn't attend school, the "ancianitos" will not receive the monthly food packets.

We must remember that education is still a fairly new concept so the more visible benefits, the better. Also, we must remember that handouts do not solve the problem either so there must be a bit of give and take on behalf of the families, which means the children must attend school, rather than working in the fields.

Earlier this year we pioneered the Plan Fertilizante, where we provided fertlizer for each family for their crops. The land our families have/rent is on the outskirts of the good land, and often yields very poor crops as the soil is of poor quality.

To benefit from Plan Fertilizante, the families had to provide certain items to go towards the Plan Ancianos, which inlcuded oil and pasta. This way, the families were contributing something to the Plan Ancianos.

Plan Ancianos brings our project to involve the whole community, not just the children, though is interlinked with our project aims, to keep children in school and to make sure there is improved food supplies for the family, especially the children.



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