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.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Second class opens in Mata Escura, Salvador, Brazil

GVI volunteers at the Phoenix project in Brasil opened the school’s second class. With new students arriving every day it was becoming a bit squashed in class 1, so last Monday the older children moved to a different room to form class 2.

Suggestions are currently being taken for more interesting names for the classes! Brazilian footballers?! (perhaps not Melo!) Setting up a separate class for the older children has proven a huge success and they are coming on in leaps and bounds, learning numbers, syllables (and playing Bingo!) – in just one week they have made huge progress.

Similarly positive effects have been seen in class 1, where moving the older children has allowed the younger ones their opportunity to shine. In a quieter and calmer classroom, the younger children are fast finding the confidence to shout out answers and work at the board.

All the new work going at the school has got the mums interested - many have started coming in each morning to meet the volunteers and look at the children’s’ exercise books. Reactions have been fantastic, with one mum becoming tearful she was so proud of the work her son showed her. Roll on class 3!


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