Fly The Phoenix

Fly the Phoenix believes that education, as well as daily food, are basic human rights. In order to combat the imbalances of these rights, we are creating sustainable, 25-year cycle, educational community programs. These are funded by our local income-initiatives, challenges and international donations through our registered charity, Fly The Phoenix.
Nov 17, 2011

Sustainable income generation

On the Phoenix project in Honduras we have developed a new income generating initiative to secure Secondary education for students in the communities of San Rafael and Barbasco.

Project director Dom Williams explains:  ‘After numerous meetings with the communities of San Rafael and Barbasco everyone is in agreement that is it a good idea and Plan Café has been given the green light to begin! Both communities have given a total of 2.5 hectares of land to the project and now Phoenix has bought roughly 12,000 small coffee plants to be planted on the land. The coffee, once the plants are mature in 2-3 years, will then be cut and sold, and the profit will go towards the secondary school to help pay teachers salaries year-on-year. All of this will help create a sustainable income for the school.

This initiative clearly demonstrates the long term vision we try to implement on our projects which enables communities to take the lead and provide and themselves provide the needs to secure continuation of the project.

 

In addition to ‘Plan Cafe’ donations to the GVI charitable Trust have helped to fund the food and fruit program in the school, bring in much needed educational materials, fund birthday celebrations four secondary teachers and the local dialect, Chorti teacher.

Nov 10, 2011

GVI win best volunteer organization!

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.


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Oct 25, 2011

Secondary School Scholarships in Nicaragua

Scholarship Beneficiaries in Nicaragua
Scholarship Beneficiaries in Nicaragua

The Phoenix project in Nicaragua set a goal in late 2010 to support secondary education in the communities in which we work, La Thompson and Chiriza. This goal has become a realization as we recently handed out six secondary scholarships; to two students in La Thompson and four students in Chiriza.

The scholarships offset the cost of public school uniforms, shoes, transport to school and the cost of school materials which proves prohibitive to many students in rural Nicaraguan communities preventing them from accessing education. Secondary education retention is alarmingly low in Nicaragua and we hope this initiative will help to improve the situation for students in these communities.

The scholarships will be awarded each semester if the students show consistent attendance, passing marks and bring report cards to be verified by project staff.

So far the scholarships have been viewed as a success given the feedback from the student’s parents as many of the children bought their school materials immediately after receiving the support.

Good luck to Karelia, Enma, Wendy, Joseph, Magdalena and Doribel in the upcoming semester!

Elsewhere on the project donations to the GVI Charitable Trust help to pay for the salaries of local teachers, transport to adult education classes, educational materials for the students, birthday celebrations, our teeth cleaning initiative and the all important feeding program.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our projects you really are making an incredible impact.

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