2015 has got off to a great start with our daily food and fruit programs in all the countries. In Guatemala we provide fruit and hot breakfasts which comprise of a hot maíz-based drink acompanied with bread. In Honduras we have fruit and a daily hot meal, similarly in Nicaragua. In Ecuador the childre receive bread and fruit whilst in Perú we have fruit. We hope to expand the food programs during the year although as ever they are reliant on sustainable donations. All our children are within the lower percentiles in the BMI though being able to at least provide something daily, often the only meal of the day, is a start!
Thank you to all our donors who continually help to make this happen and who will make this happen in the future. Remember that on 6th June we are undertaking The Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge, where you can undertake any fundraising event at home, knowing that fundraisers are being held on the same day around the world. Please do get involved and use this page as your fundraising page - every cent counts!. For more information click here.
Thank you and have a great March!
This holiday season we would like to try and raise funds for our sustainable plan initiatives which help the families and the projects by generating income – please see the link at the bottom of the page to find out more on our sustainable plans. By donating now we can start plans to sustain the children’s education, daily food and fruit, local teachers, school materials and much more, well into the future. Please help us avoid empty fruits baskets, broken pencils and deserted classrooms by donating and sharing this month, as you have donated before, and help us sustain their future for years to come.
This year we would like your one-off generous Appeal donation to work now and sustainably in the future, providing daily food and fruit, local teachers’ salaries and materials for the children as well as extra local family income for years to come, hence we will be investing in sustainable income plans with this year’s Appeal!. To put it simply, every dollar you give to this year’s appeal will keep working now and for years to come, with the immediate income derived from the sustainable plans being shared between the families and the projects. You can get together with friends, family or work colleagues and basically build your own sustainable plan knowing that over the coming years it will be providing for the projects! Thank you and together we can go a long way to making the projects sustainable with this Appeal by donating here – cheers
Since we started in 2002 the children have eaten well over 1 million fruits thanks exclusively to generous donations, both regular or one-offs. This has made an incredible and visible difference in the health of the children, not just with their vitamin intake, though also water aswell. By implementing sustainable income plans as well in the future, this will add to the diet of the children, including more vegetables and meat.
In Santa María we started breakfasts for the children as many were arriving without having eaten since the previous day. We will be implementing this in Itzapa and hopefully in our other projects, depending on funds!
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.
Our fresh fruit and food programs continue in all countries with positive differences in levels of malnutrition obvious. That said, for many kids still the food we provide is sometimes their only meal of the day. We are hoping to bring in a breakfast program in Guatemala which will provide a hot drink and bread to help the start the day off well.
This year we will also be investing in school vegetable gardens to sustain the food programs in the future; this includes crops that can be eaten as well as sold in local markets to generate funds for foodstuffs that we cannot grow, including cooking oil, sugar, oil and salt.
Many thanks for your generous donations in the past and thankyou in advance for your donations in the future.
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