We have launched our Gift For Good, where for a donation of just $35 you will receive a hand-made fabric purse and also feed one child for the rest of the school year, definitely the perfect Gift For Good! Please follow this link or the link at the bottom of this report to make a difference.
From now on, all donations to this page will be redirected to Funding a Teacher to Teach a Class, as all aspects like school trips, educational materials, construction and celebrations now come under this.
A fantastic few months in Itzapa and Santa María in Guatemala. Excellent results in our first set of exams with our ten 14 local teachers shining in their education roles. Semana Santa (Easter) was celebrated with our own procession to keep up tradition, being open to all. Construction in Santa María continues at pace and should be finished in the next month. Plan Moo was officially started with the purchase of our first cows, and one has already given birth to a beautiful female calf, to ensure progression and sustainability. Plan Moo involves families receiving a cow and the income from the sales of milk are shared between the family and the school's runing costs.
Amazing results for the school in San Rafael, Honduras. In late 2013, the Government ran tests nationally and our school, with averages in the high 80's and 90's beat the average (50s and 60s). And this year is no different with the children showing great progress. Our secondary school continues to cover 6 grades from teenagers from 9 different communities and we have introduced music classes. Thanks to donations, we could print out the exam papers for the whole school for the rest of the year, otherwise they wouldn't have been tested. Father's Day was celebrated with much fun and games and the daily food and fruit program continues.
It has been a brilliant few months in Nicaragua, celebrating our 6th Anniversary in La Thompson in April, with typical dress, a dance-off, a historical tour or our project and dancing into the night to include the whole community. Relaxation techniques have been bought into the curriculm, with some fantastic results. The educational work with all the children has been impressive with advances made in math and language. We have taken in children with special needs aswell and they have adapted well into the school environment.
In Perú, It has been a very productive first month of the school year in Maldonado with our paid-teacher Ediluz working well with three grades, without her the school would be a very difficult place to learn! We aim to start sustainable-income Plan Cuy (guinea pigs) in the houses of our children in the school, to benefit both them and our running costs in Maldonado. The sales of the guinea pigs, which reproduce very quickly, will not only provide a very useful income for the families though will also cover costs in the school, moving further towards sustainability.
School is back underway in Ecuador after the mid-year break (classes started in September 2013) and immediately exams are on the horizon! Daily hot food is still handed out to the children and we continue to cover the transport costs of two familes' children to attend school - an hour each way - as well as the transport of the local teachers. Our four teachers we pay for continue to shine, especially in Larcacunga, where the government removed one of their two teachers, leaving a gaping whole which she quickly filled to continue the children's education. Community meetings have been held in Muenala to discuss the implentation of the next stage of Plan Moo to sustainably cover some school costs in the future.
As we swiftly move into February all our projects are now back up and running after the holidays and we can eagerly look ahead to providing yet more education, employment and daily food and fruit to almost 1000 children across Latin America.
Across the board we plan to increase the number of local teachers we employ and supplement the food program, as well as providing better and more educational materials that will improve further the level of education we can provide. Along with all this we want to invest in cultural celebrations in all countries, like traditional dance competitions, Day of the Child, Mother's Day amongst others. Tradition is so important and for the children to get really involved is a bonus for their education.
It is thanks and testimony of your support during these past years, and years to come, that we can continue the projects, getting better each year and providing an education for these communities that had little chance or opportunity.
In 2014, we will be holding three charity challenges in Guatemala as well, so if you fancy heading down, seeing the projects and raising funds by challenging yourself, please see our website on http://www.thephoenixprojects.org/donate-now/challenges/
Thank you for your continued support during 2014!
Two little words that can never be said enough!
Hope you are well. As the year draws to an end we wanted to send you a quick update of our main successes from the past ten months, to take a moment to reflect upon exactly what your support has achieved.
This year, across all of our projects, we accepted more students into the schools and are currently supporting over 1,000 children, handing out over 250,000 pieces of fruit, 35,000 pieces of bread and over 100,000 hot meals to keep them warm, full up and nourished!
We have kept over 50 locals in work with 30 of them teaching the children over 28,000 teaching hours in classrooms that have been built and refurbished. On top of that, 30 of our old students have graduated and are now new teachers, ready to educate the world!
Our vital sustainable plans are going really well; Plan Café in Honduras will have its first crop later this year, Plan Moo continues to support secondary school students in Ecuador and new plans, Plan Arveja in Santa Maria and Plan Papa in Ecuador, have started this year!
We have also had some wonderful volunteers building stoves, teaching, painting and helping out throughout the year. And of course YOU, supporting every one of these children get the start in life they deserve. Thank you.
Not bad huh? We will be in touch next week with some exciting Christmas news, but for now pat yourselves on the back and congratulate yourselves for the support you have given us over the last ten months and remember how important your continuing support is for these wonderful children.
In July the school year came to a close in Ecuador but not until we used some of our celebration funds to put on an end of year party!
Across the three schools, 97% of the children passed all of their exams which is a phenomenal achievement and left a lot of smiles on the children's faces (and their parents!). As this year's exam results smashed the record we decided they certainly deserved a moment to celebrate how fantastic they are! It is so important to continue to tell the children how wonderful they are and with such great results, we wanted to show them exactly how proud we are.
The day started with an official speech from the headmistress and the official reading of the results but soon turned it a huge party with party games, dancing and a big feast of roasted chicken and guinea pig (a delicacy in Ecuador). The children had such a lovely day and we sent them off to their school holidays with big smiles on their faces.
We also said a goodbye to Zoe and Als who have been running our projects in Ecuador for a number of years and to Andy who has helped them over the last year. This was a big moment for Phoenix as we handed the running of the projects on the ground to local staff member Jaime, removing all foreigh staff from the project and taking a step closer to sustainability.
We celebrated this special day thanks to the generosity of you, our donor, who continues to support these wonderful children, thank you.
We sent you an update on Saturday giving you an update on how the projects are progressing and how well the students are doing!
As I mentioned on Saturday, the students would not be making such progress in school if it wasn’t for your support and dedication to helping fund the projects.
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Thank you so much for your continued support.
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