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.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

In a volunteer's words - GVI Phoenix Perú

Ian Baker's response to the "The lives of our children in the Pueblos Jovenes in Perú" entry.

"I worked in Arequipa for thirteen weeks. I had a wonderful time with the other volunteers there, and the organisation that goes into the project is second to none. It´s clear where the money goes. But what I saw happen to everyone, including me, is this...

Whatever heaven is to you, being here allows a part of that heaven to touch you. It´s only when you leave and the children have their chance to say thankyou and goodbye, that it is impossible not to cry for all the joy and happiness that has been shared. Everyone around you is so grateful for the part you have played in the development of their worlds.

You may think: I´ll be strong and not cry, but you've already made the choice to come here and in doing so, you are giving a part of yourself to help. And at a level the children know this, and love you for it.

Here you are given the chance to show what every child needs to know; that they do matter. That they are worthy of your attention and love. That someone does care. The children´s smiles do not lie. Go and see, go and touch a part of heaven."

Ian Baker, volunteer, 2007


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