We have been working with Pena Blanca, an Indigenous community on the edge of Guatemala’s beautiful Lake Atitlan for a number of years. Over this period volunteers have joined us from around the world to work in the school providing much needed classroom assistance. In addition donors have given generously helping us to work with the community to make dramatic improvements to the standard of and accessibility to education.
Project director Dom Williams explains: 'There are now 6 regular teachers in the school and the government has started to increase their own food supplies for the school. Thanks to the past few years of our involvement, the realisation that the work is necessary has given the community new impetus to move forward on their own.'
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported us and the community during this time, none of this would have been possible without you.
We will now be focusing our efforts in Guatemala on our work near to Antigua. We have a separate project live for this project which can be seen here. We work with two communities and have established our own schools which provide free daily education and food programs to some of the areas poorest children.
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.
During June and August, 14 Whole Foods Market Team Members joined the project in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
While in the community school, Team Members and GVI staff covered over 350 hours of instruction time in grades K-6. The average class size ranges between 20-34 students, with 185 students in total. The school in Peña Blanca, Buena Vista has increased their enrollment by 10% from the previous year. GVI staff and TMs assisted and presented their own lessons during the morning session and gave an additional 1.5 hours of instruction in the afternoon in a class run exclusively by TMs and GVI staff. This class consisted of students in grades K-4. Peak numbers in the afternoon reached 32 in attendance and an average turnout of 23 students.
It is so great to see this project moving forwards with brilliant results in the school as the children progress.
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