On 19th to 21st March, 15 challengers will be biking, hiking and kayaking around Lake Atitlán to raise money for our projects in Guatemala.
Recent reports showed that only an astounding 38% of children finish primary school in Guatemala. Our projects, which provides free education for over 600 children and support for further education can help these communities become more educated.
These charity challenges help to raise awareness as well as funds for the projects. This particular challenge will put funds towards food and fruit programs. Food is invaluable for these children who will be much better equipped to concentrate in class without being hungry.
We would like to share the most recent trustee report from the GVI Charitable Trust. This report covers the six month period from July to December 2011.
This has been by far the most successful period. In six months we have raised nearly as much as we did the whole previous year. This increase in funding has brought a corresponding increase in the impact we have been able to create on our programs around the world.
During this period we have invested in sustainable education across Latin America. This includes support for the elderly in Guatemala and income generation schemes to support education in Honduras and Ecuador. In Mexico we have worked with a community to establish a recycling centre and in Kenya our partners in Mombasa will now see impoverished students complete primary education to earn qualifications for the first time.
These are just a few highlights of an amazing, productive and rewarding six months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and played a crucial role in these achievements.
We are delighted to share that GVI have just been announced winners of the best volunteer organization category at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who voted for and supported us.
GVI volunteers work on this project throughout the year making important hands on contributions to our work. The attached article explains some of the impact made on our project in Guatemala and elsewhere thanks to everyone’s hard work and support.
Scholarships for national school were recently distributed in the community of Santa Maria De Jesus, Guatemala.
Each year in addition to providing a free education for many of the communities poorest children in our own school we fund scholarships for national school where the students can earn their recognised qualifications.
Donations to this project help us to support these students and give them a chance to learn, thank you to everyone who has supported the project.
The recently constructed school in Santa Maria is now in use and has brought huge benefits for the students, community and volunteers. The new school is much larger than the previous building and as such is able to cater for the ever increasing number of children benefiting from this project.
In addition to funding construction work GVI Charitable Trust donations have been funding food programs, birthday celebrations, educational materials and also scholarships.
Over the coming month scholarships for primary education will be rewarded to over 200 children in the Indigenous community of Santa Maria De Jesus. As Project Director Dom Williams explains ‘By paying for materials and school fees for the children, the parents are able to send their children to school, when otherwise they would not have had the money to do so.’
Donations to this project help children to access this basic human right and earn an education. Many thanks to everyone who has supported the project and played an important part in this.
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