At Phoenix, we believe education is more than just teaching the basic curriculum, we believe it is also about showing the children what they can do with that education, where it will take them and what exciting opportunities there are when you have a good basis of education.
Recently, we were able to use some of the funds raised from our generous donors to take our older English students on a school trip to Antigua. Antigua is about an hour away from their town and some of them had never been before so were really excited! The reason they went was because a lot of people from smaller towns have come to Antigua and found very good jobs in tourism by having an excellent level of English. They went to six different places including banks, adventure shops, travel agents, a restaurant and an Art Gallery, all places where English is used in the work, and had to speak in English!!
Their faces lit up with excitement as they understood just where education could take them and what exciting and interesting work they could find if they studied hard. A lot of them also came away with some offers of work experience when they finished school.
A lot of the children in the school don't have any knowledge of where their education can take them, they have only seen thier their families work in the fields and in the home, they don't understand what opportunities are out there! On the way home they couldn't stop chatting about what they want to do and how hard they were going to study to get there!!
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. Just in this moment, GlobalGiving started their June Bonus Day and are offering us 50% on all donations that are made today, whilst match funding lasts. If you were planning on making a further donation to the projects, this is the moment to do so!! All we ask is that you click on the link below and make a donation and GlobalGiving will automatically add on the extra 50%!! Thank you so much for your continued support.
Hello there and welcome to the latest update from Guatemala!
Every year we celebrate Mothers Day in Itzapa, Guatemala but this year is was INCREDIBLE! Firstly, we enjoyed dances prepared and practices by each grade, the children did a spectacular job and they were dressed beautifully in traditional dress. We then played games and as the event came to a close…some surprise visitors arrived! Check out the video to see what the teacher’s did next http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHJHBfbmY3A!
On top of this, the girl’s football team competed in departmental football and in Santa maria we filmed an update on the children’s classes this month, firstly with Santiago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xdViVw0N3o and afterwards with Elvia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYx5GRPMeMQ.
Special celebrations and normal school days are all part of a well-rounded education and are vital for these children. Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can continue to make school great!
Next Wednesday, June 12, from 9am GlobalGiving is matching all donations to us at 50%. This means a donation of $10 would become $15 thanks to GlobalGiving. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to make your donation even BIGGER and have a BIGGER impact. I’ll send you a reminder just as the match funding starts but please, do consider making a donation that will give more than usual!!
As we come close to US Mother's Day on May 12, we are focusing on supporting our Moms in Guatemala!
Ex-volunteer Lisa Bailey brought four friends with her to Guatemala this week, her third visit, to run our very first Breast Health Workshop in Santa Maria.
Lisa, a specialist in breast cancer surgery and prevention at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in California, gave the first ever workshop on Breast Health to more than 80 Mothers in Santa Maria. The community was really interested and the talk was given in Spanish and Kaqchikel to ensure everyone understood the information that was being provided. The workshop covered the importance of breast health and how to check and monitor breast health and included the opportunity for a health check from one of the team.
We also launched Plan Iron Woman this week with the same team, distributing seeds of iron-rich vegetables. The plan is specifically aimed at expectant mothers and young mothers to improve nutrition in a child’s first 1000 days of life, the time deemed most important for a child's development.
We are part of GlobalGiving's Mother's Day campaign this year, celebrating Moms in the US and Guatemala through one gift. If you would like to support Mom's in Guatemala, whilst gifting your Mom a handmade scarf and set of worry dolls then please take a look at our gift:
Thanks to the continued support in the past, present and future, of you our donors, our 10 locally paid teachers worked hard to produce amazing results in our school in Itzapa, of over 200 indigenous children. What is even more special about these results is that many of our teachers came through the ranks of our school since the start back in 2002 and we helped them through teaching college to get where they are today, teaching their fellow community, thanks to donations.
Over all the subjects, including Spanish, Kaqchikel, English, maths, sciences, dance and theatre and PE the averages were very good; kinder: 77%, 1st grade: 84%, 2nd grade: 79%, 3rd grade (photo of José Angel – his class has 38 students): 80%, 4th grade: 71%, 5th grade: 77% and 6th grade: 79%. One must bear in mind that 4th grade is a huge step up from third grade, so an average of 71% is very respectable.
The fact that the school exists at all is a huge pat on the back for you, our donors, and we thankyou now and in the future for your continued support - cheers
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