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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pacaya, porridge and pasta in Plan Ancianos - Guatemala

Every three months the grandparents of our school children in Santa Maria and Itzapa are provided with a food parcel in return for their grand-children attending school. This generally includes rice, sugar, mosh (a porridge like food), soups, pasta and maizena plus a fruit tree or medicinal plant which will help when food is sparce.

Recently, in Itzapa, 165 grandparents turned up to receive their food parcels and Pacaya trees, the eldest being 98 years old!! All the food was handed out by our current volunteers and when this eldery lady came in we naturally asked two of our young, strapping, male volunteers to help her back into a tuk tuk with her food. Unfortunately, they were too slow off the mark, another elderly grandmother helped her; the volunteers sheepishly returned to handing out the food parcels!!

It was wonderful to see all the older members of the community and to be able to support them, all thanks to the support of our ex-volunteers and donors who have continued to provide financial support for our projects. Thanks very much!


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