Annual Volcano Challenge for Underprivileged Kids

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We would like to inform you about an exciting new development with this project in Guatemala. Over the past ten years, we have been promoting the basic human rights of full education, food and employment in communities in Latin America by supporting schools and communities and investing in secondary education. These projects were known as the GVI Phoenix projects.

Each year in November a group GVI Volunteers, supporters and staff challenge themselves to scale 4 volcanoes in just one week in Guatemala to support these educational projects across Latin America. Funds have been raised through the GVI Charitable Trust to support these challengers and to add additional funds to GVI Phoenix

From 2013, these Phoenix Projects will be running independently as a new charity, Fly The Phoenix. If you wish to make future donations, please do continue to do so through Fly the Phoenix's GlobalGiving page and have a look at the Fly the Phoenix website. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the communities in Latin America through the GVI Charitable Trust, we really cannot thank you enough for your generosity. We wish Fly the Phoenix all the best in the future. 

Our annual volcano challenge raises much needed funds for local teacher salaries, daily food and fruit and utensils for our schools in Guatemala. The Challenge in 2011 was a great success and we are already looking forward to replicating this in 2013. This time around, all of the money raised will again go towards teacher salaries, especially as we plan to expand our legalisation program into Santa María. The challenge will be just as tough as always, seeing staff and volunteers scale 4 impressive volcanoes in Guatemala, however as always, it is so rewarding so see the difference the funds raised can make.

The fourth annual Volcano Charity Challenge in Guatemala is quickly approaching, aiming to continue to provide the children of Guatemala with an education. These Mother’s Day celebrations are just one example of how their lives can be improved.

After the recent success of our Phoenix’ Pájaro de Fuego School being granted official national school status, Mother’s Day celebrations this year were a formal affair. Current volunteers, local teachers, staff and of course the Mothers were invited to hold ‘Feliz Día de la Madre’ celebrations in the San Andres Itzapa Town Hall. Smart dress was a requirement and our volunteers and staff scrubbed up and headed off for a day of games and celebrations at our first official event as a national school.

As a national school Pájaro de Fuego provides employment for 8 local teachers, (some of them proud ex-students) and can now reward our pupils with formal qualifications. Towards the end of March, all 240 children in Pájaro de Fuego took their first official exams and with most of the grades coming through, we are seeing an incredible high average of marks with the majority of children averaging over 80%, this puts them in the top 10% of Guatemalan schools. This is largely thanks to the hard work of our volunteers who provide assistance to our local teachers and run reinforcement classes to help pupils who are struggling and at risk of failing exams.

After all this recent hard work and success, a well-deserved break and fiesta was had by all at the Día de la Madre celebrations. In addition to bringing the school and community together, it was a fantastic treat for all the current volunteers on the ground to experience celebrations the traditional Guatemalan way as well as meet the mothers of the pupils they teach.

The dates are set for the fourth annual Volcano Charity Challenge in Guatemala. This year the challenge is taking place on the 24-29th of November. This year, being our 10th year anniversary, we want to try and raise $20,000 in total which will go towards our local teacher salaries for 2013 in Guatemala. Recent challenges such as kayaking and hiking have helped pay for food programmes which help over 400 children in the indigenous communities in San Andrés Itzapa and Santa Maria de Jesus. We would like to keep raising the bar and keep providing education to the children of Guatemala. Without this, the children would simply not receive an education. By donating just a small amount, the project will receive funding to allow the school to have teachers who can provide official certificates for the children, which goes a long way to achieving our sustainable goals. We can continue our community schemes and the children can continue to receive breakfasts and fruit. 

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.


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