September is the month of Independence Day in Guatemala with lots of marches, drumming and patriotism on 15th and they didn’t disappoint! Our school drumming band and the rest of the school took the streets of Itzapa and were loudly applauded everywhere they went.
We also celebrated Day of the Child, with lots of piñatas, games dancing and food. Both schools have excelled so far this year with our fifteen local teachers (ex-students we now employ) and our addition of another local teaching, acting as a classroom assistant in Itzapa has improved ten children so that they now should pass their final exams later in the year.
Our water tank was finished in Santa María which will provide daily water in the school, as opposed to one a week for one hour. Further construction is due in Itzapa with building more latrines and a full paint-job for both schools is in the pipeline.
Over the coming months we will also be investing in our income generating sustainable plans which should provide income for the schools as well as the local families. These include buying cows, chickens, weaving looms and micro-investment into local start-up businesses. By investing now we create employment for the future: education now, employment and income in the future. For more information on our sustainable plans, please follow this link and get involved!
Finally, let’s not forget what The Phoenix Projects are all for in Latin America: 40 local teachers, the majority of whom were previous students, teaching almost 1000 children daily whilst receiving food across five countries benefiting seven communities (fifteen if you include the communities our students come from in Honduras for our colegio)...all for under $200,000 a year - every penny and cent counts - thank you to everyone who makes this possible year after year.
It has been an excellent three months in Guatemala, with incredible exam results and investments being made on our sustainable income plans, like Plan Moo (income from milk). Over the next few months we intend to invest more in Plan Pollo (eggs) as well as more cows which eventually will cover many of our day-to-day costs.
Due to water shortages we built an underground water tank which will now ensure daily water one of our schools. With two more sets of exams to go, Independence Day, Day of the Child and more sustainable plans, the next few months are very busy. Thankyou for all your support now and in the future.
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.
A fantastic few months in Itzapa and Santa María. 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.
Much to come in the next few months, with more exams, further Plan Moo purchases and construction. Keep in touch and please do donate to out Gift For Good appeal, cheers
Both our schools started up again after the holidays with more new children adding to our exisiting numbers. We have taken on more local teachers, many who are products of our projects over the years. 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.
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!
As 2013 comes to a close we can reflect to a terrific year in Guatemala. A truly brilliant effort from all our local teachers in Itzapa, especially Luis in 6th grade with all his students graduating from Primary school to Secondary school. The new school year starts in January with 250 children signed up, which is phenominal. Santa María starts up in January too with two new local teachers on our payroll, bringing us to 15 locally paid teachers.
During this festive season we have to look ahead to 2014 and beyond; get donations in the bank to ensure our programs progress and improve over the coming months; ensure our children have daily food and fruit; ensure we can pay our local teachers who do such a terrific job; make sure that the children have materials to study hard!
May I take this opportunity to thank you for previous donations and thank you in advance for donations to come. As we all share gifts this season, please share our message with friends and family and let’s all ensure a prosperous 2014 in The Phoenix Projects and their communities.
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