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, November 11, 2009

Bread-making and Day of the Dead in Ecuador

The volunteers had the opportunity to commemorate Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead) at the start of November with the children in the schools here in Ecuador.

After shopping for all the ingredients, they helped to make colada morada – a hot drink made from blackberries, blueberries and maize flour – and also the traditional bread – the guaguas de pan.

The communities really appreciated having the volunteers there, particularly this year, as the parents in both Huayrapungo and Muenala had decided they could not afford the costs of all the ingredients and so were not planning to mark this traditional day as a community – so they were delighted when we offered to help.

Our long time GVI driver and friend Jaime helped out at Huayrapungo with the large volume of egg cracking and got stuck in with making the dough into shapes.

Some impressive artistry was seen from the volunteers with creative bread shapes being made – horses, cows and elephants all went to be cooked and came back looking like…, well, their creators were able to identify them….sort of!! At least the bread tasted good!!



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