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.
We are delighted to share that this has been by far our most successful period, raising in six months nearly as much as we did the whole of the 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 including 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 realise their goal of seeing impoverished students through to completion of the primary education earning recognised 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.
At the end of 2011 we celebrated the anniversaries of our schools in the Phoenix project in Peru in both communities Maldonado and Triunfo. We have been working in the schools since 2006. It's such a treat to be able to see the parents, teachers, volunteers, and kids all come together in celebration of the great work these schools are doing.
Maldonado was practically bouncing on its foundations from all of the dancing the kids were doing...not to mention the free for all scramble when candy came showering down on them from teachers and volunteers alike! Triunfo was covered wall to wall in streamers, balloons, and glittery posters! The kids from Triunfo put on a choreographed traditional dance that was the absolute highlight of the party.
Congratulations to everyone at both schools and everyone who has supported us along the way to make this possible.
Thanks to funds raised for this project, we are able to keep traditions alive in our communities, by paying for traditional dance costumes and transport so the children can partake in dance competitions, growing in self-esteem and keep tradition strong. For the past month selected kids have been spending every spare moment practicing dancing, even during recreo! What for? This Sunday both schools, Truinfo and Maldonado, participated in a dance competition! Maldonado (wearing the red outfits) was first of the two schools to take the stage and did an exceptional job dancing a traditional dance from Cusco.
Theirs was the most complicated choreographed we had seen yet that day! Triunfo shortly followed and did an equally fantastic job with Erica, one of our second graders, participating as well. The kids from both schools were nothing but smiles, and sweat, after being able to show off their hard work and awesome dance moves. We are also so proud to say that Triunfo won 2nd place!!
What does this mean? That they had to keep on dancing. The following Monday, October 31, the kids once again put on the traditional dress and danced their hearts out in hopes of winning the competition. Stay tuned for the results!
Here in Peru, the Day of the Student fell on Friday September 23. To celebrate we took the children from the communities we work in, Maldonado and Triunfo, on a field trip to Quiscos, a park with a natural hot spring about 40 minutes away. The kids, volunteers, and profesoras were in heaven! It was amazing to be able to spend the day playing with the kids, some who have never even been in the water before...we do work in a desert! The kids were given the afternoon to run around, splash in the water, and to just be kids… and you know it’s a success when not a single kid cried! To eat everyone was provided a lunch as well as fruit, some soda, and something sweet for the ride home. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this project helping to make events like this possible.
Our schools at Truinfo and Maldonado in Peru are definitely feeling Spring Fever. Right when the weather began to get even warmer, the teachers began their decorating frenzy and have transformed the schools. Flowers, birds, and bright colours hang all around the classroom, even from the ceilings! The kids have been loving it as well, they have done many art activities around the theme and have put their work on the classroom walls to brighten up the spaces even more.
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