Education & food for 600 children in Guatemala

by Fly The Phoenix
GVI Responsible Travel Article
GVI Responsible Travel Article

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 in Santa Maria
Scholarships in Santa Maria

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 new school in Santa Maria
The new school in Santa Maria

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.

Thanks to donations and funds raised from the recent volcano and bike challenges the construction of our school in Santa María is almost complete. With so many kids now since we started in 2004, we needed a bigger space!

We are building six new classrooms, a kitchen, two toilets and two rooms to store all our supplies, tables and chairs at the foot of Volcano Agua. Since November, Beto (our stove mason) and other masons have been busy under the baking sun, readying the school to open later in April 2011.

When we re-open the doors, over 250 children will continue to receive first-time and continued education in literacy and numeracy. Thanks to all the challengers, donors and volunteers who have made this possible.


2010 was a very tough year for Guatemala as Tropical Storm Agatha devastated both of the communities in which we work. There was loss of crops, homes and very sadly lives. When the storm finally passed the extent of the damage really became clear and a long term plan was necessary to help people.

We started a fundraising campaign and the response from our supporters was overwhelming, with the funds we were able to provide emergency food supplies, fast growing crops and rebuild houses, streets and our schools. We could also provide raincoats to children to prevent drenching their clothes if they brave the journey to school in poor weather and emergency supplies so that next time a disaster like Agatha strikes our communities will be more prepared.

The Agatha campaign helped to bring some stability to the communities during this very hard time meaning that we were able to continue our work in the schools. As with every year there seem to be many more eager students in both schools as the projects are constantly expanding. Excellent results have been achieved as proof that the projects are working and these great kids are receiving the opportunity to earn an education and the benefits this will bring.

To round off the year we had joyous Christmas Celebrations with a surprise visit from Santa himself!


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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$62,607 raised of $75,000 goal
769 donations
$12,393 to go
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