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, February 25, 2009

Return to Muenala, Ecuador

And so the adventure begins again. Those of you who worked in Ecuador between 2005 and 2007 will remember that we worked with the children in the Muenala community school.

For various reasons we suspended our work there, but last week we renewed our efforts in the school. The community leaders, parents and Señorita Fanny are all delighted that we have returned.

There has been no 1st grade in the school since last September as Fanny could not cope on her own, but now with the help of the GVI volunteers, not only have we started up a 1st grade class, but we are also working in the 3rd grade, 4th grade and with the special needs class.

The volunteers love the atmosphere at the school and the weekly schedule is giving them a chance to teach English and run music, dance and art classes with the entire school.

Our return also means that we can once again supplement the government food basics by bringing lots of vegetables and meat, along with daily fruit. Luckily, we don’t have to carry all the food on the walk to school.

Our weekly food supplies are loaded onto the back of a horse and taken up to the school for us, leaving the volunteers free to take in the spectacular views as they walk into school.

We have plans to start running classes in the afternoons one day a week for children who go to High School to give them help with homework. Plus, we will be teaching a 2hour class one morning a week at Muenala for those children who attend High School at the weekends.

It is great to be back at Muenala!


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