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, July 20, 2011

Our Go to Guy, Ronaldo - Nicaragua

We have a myriad of local Nicaraguans who help us immensely each day. Without these fine individuals we would not be able to run our projects as we would like. One of these individuals is Ronaldo Antonio Cardoza. We met Ronaldo by chance in Managua over a year ago as we were searching for a taxi outside of the airport. Not only was Ronaldo extremely nice and helpful but he charged us a fair price up front; this can be unusual outside of the airport in Managua!! Since this day, we have not used another taxi driver in Managua. Ronaldo was born in Matagalpa in northern Nicaragua and entered the civil war in Nicaragua when he was only 18 years old. After the war, Ronaldo went to Managua and worked in government jobs under the newly formed Sandinista government. Later, he became a taxi driver and has done this for twelve years now. When asked if he likes his job, Ronaldo smiles and answers in the affirmative stating he likes his job because of the friendships he has with many types of people from Nicaragua and outside of Nicaragua. He also said he loves working with GVI Phoenix Nicaragua because of the help we are providing for his country.


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