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.
Jan 26, 2011

Plan Ancianos in 2011

Food bags
Food bags

In both Santa Maria and Itzapa, the communities in which we work in Guatemala we were kept very busy helping families prepare for the New Year. Plan Ancianos,  the food and support program for the elderly was first.

As usual we provided this neglected generation with food staples such as sugar, mosh, atol, rice, pastas, beans and soup. This time we have supplemented the packages with Pacaya plants- a fruit plant that will provide older people with vital nutrition once it is ready in four in five years.

We kicked off the event with a piñata which the old ladies loved. We often have piñatas for the children but this was a first for the old folks. It was a absolute hit and brought much laughter and fun to welcome the year ahead.

Pinata
Pinata
Dec 30, 2010

2010 in Guatemala

Santa
Santa

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!

Dec 17, 2010

Sustainable community plans empower children

Pick your cow parts!
Pick your cow parts!

GVI Ecuador project manager Tracey has come up with a great fundraising initiative for our sustainable community schemes.

Donations are used to purchase cows and guinea pig enclosures. The aim is to empower children by giving them an income stream to make sure that they are not excluded from education due to lack of funds. At the same time they learn a trade such as cheese and yogurt production or raising and selling Guinea Pigs.

The cows and guinea pig enclosures are expensive so to make this option available to more donors Tracey and her team have made artwork to value the different aspects of the cow and the value of a guinea pig and reached out to donors. By breaking a larger goal down it becomes more accessible and many of your have responded to this campaign with generous donations.

These plans are already working very well on the ground and we are very happy with the progress. News to follow soon.

Buy a Guinea Pig!
Buy a Guinea Pig!
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