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, September 13, 2009

Stoves and teaching at altitude in Perú

After a few weeks away, due to Swine Flu "prevention", GVI Phoenix's childcare project has been back in Chivay since August. Canocota, a traditional mud brick community, at 3600m, less than an hour away from Chivay, has welcomed the new volunteers with open arms.

The kids there are fantastic fun, willing to learn and very receptive to the volunteers, although we do have our work cut out trying to encourage the girls and boys to play together and trying to get the girls to play something other than volleyball and the boys something other than football at PE every week!

We have also kick-started stove-building in Canocota, with 3 stoves nearly completed and another 2 in the pipeline. Both the President of the community and the school director have expressed appreciation for the work that GVI does, hopefully this cooperation will grow from strenth to strength.

Further out from Chivay, the community of Ampi nestles at over 4600m, amid some beautiful landscapes, where the locals rear alpacas for wool and meat.

Ampi is challenging because the kids are very timid and have fallen behind in their education but this presents a great opportunity for GVI volunteers to help get them up to speed in core subjects like maths and Spanish language.



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