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, February 8, 2009

GVI Phoenix school in Nicaragua takes shape

In the Nicaraguan community La Thompson there is just one two-room classroom for the approximately 600 families who live within the surrounding area to send their children to school, many don't go.

When classes officially started in the state schools this week, GVI Phoenix was able to see just how necessary the need for another school was, hence the reason for starting our own school.

Albeit a small school that GVI has built within the last month, the members of the community and GVI volunteers have already seen visible improvements in the students, and have been discussing plans to expand the project in the near future.

This week we have begun bringing fruit up for the kids, which is a treat considering their diet mainly consists of corn tortillas and beans. On a daily basis, we will now hand out fruit.

On Friday we held sports class and gave the kids a chance to play football, baseball, and other games with each other in a nearby field.

Unfortunately not all the kids that would like to attend classes can. Many of them miss school to work in the nearby tobacco fields in order to help support their families’ or need look after younger siblings.

However some kids find a way around these unfortunate obstacles. For example Ana Carrelia (ten years old) and Luiz Omar (nine years old) are left in charge of their one year old sister while their Mom works washing clothes during the day.

However this doesn’t stop them from coming to school. It’s a heartwarming site to see how eager they are to learn when they have to take turns holding their little sister in order to finish their schoolwork.


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