School continues at pace and we will soon be introducing after school reinforcement classes as well as sustainable plan workshops which will enable the older children and their families to learn new trades which they can then take on and create their own businesses.
At the same time, we are planning to employ ex-students to come back in the afternoons to help out the children with their homework in exchange for us helping to cover some of their University costs.
To celebrate Day of the Child/Student we took the kids to a local pool where they had a great time, splashing around acompanied by some food. Bearing in mind they live in the desert and rarely get to go to these pools, it was a fantastic day out for them.
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.
A brilliant past three months in Maldonado, celebrating Mother's Day, the Anniversary and starting work on sustainable plans to ensure the future of the school. Ediluz, our local teacher tells me the children are learning fast and improving their basic reading and writing and mathematics.
In the past month the children have been working on sustainable vegetable gardens to provide produce for the daily food plans, which enables us to invest more money into more sustainable plans which in the future will hopefully cover the costs of the school itself.
The community feel in Maldonado is buzzing at the moment, with so much happening and the future is looking brighter than last year, thanks to you and your support: together we can do great things for the population of Sachaca!
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.
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.
Many things to look forward to in the next few months, including the anniversary and Mother´s Day. Please help us feed the kids fof the rest of the school year by donating towards our Gift For Good appeal. cheers
During January and February we will be running reinforcement classes for the children during the holidays, with term due to start in March. This has given us the chance to prepare the children who had fallen behind in 2013.
In Perú 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 our projects in Perú. Thanks to your donations through the year we have kept our locally paid teacher in place, teaching three grades of children. The school term is coming to an end this month until February 2014 though we will continue with holiday classes, providing food and fruit and education to prepare the children for the scholastic year ahead! We will finish the year with a great Christmas Party and maybe Santa will make an appearance!
On a serious note, 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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