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.
This month in Ecuador we focused on nutrition for the children and their families.
Plan Papas is our new pilot project with a goal is harvest enough potatoes to create a revenue stream to pay for the nutrition programme at Muenala. The community is busy preparing their land ready for seeding over the next two weeks.
Plan Iron Woman has been a success so far with the vegetables being enjoyed at school by the children and at home by the mums. We are even providing some starter recipes to encourage different uses of spinach, onions and peas! The mums are also pooling their earned funds from some of the vegetable to buy the more seeds for the garden.
Finally, in Muenala we have planted our vegetable patch this week using homegrown compost to give the veggies the best chance at survival! This will complement the healthy spinach, chard and peas coming from Plan Iron Woman and of course our school nutrition program. And are making small but substantial steps forward for Phoenix.
Nutritional plans are absolutely vital for the development of the children and their families and their ability to absorb an education in the classroom. Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can keep improving the livelihoods of these communities!
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