This month, Victor Maldonado celebrated its anniversary, with the usual “antorchas” marched around with pride at night! They also celebrated with a day in the school, with theatre, poems, songs and games. Celebrating the anniversary is so important for the children and the community, allowing them to learn and improve their future lives.
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!
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As we come close to US Mother's Day on May 12, we are focusing on supporting our Moms in Peru!
In Perú this month we have had an exciting addition to our nutritional program and provided by the Government! The Government irregularly send food to our project in Perú, if there isn't enough food then we cover the extra food costs as the children cannot manage without the food they are given in school. On top of the main meal, we also provide fruit everyday to each child to ensure they are given enough nutrition through vitamins and minerals.
This month, the Government has added the addition of powered milk to the nutritional programe! Powdered milk, with water added, can provide a plethra of nutrition for the children. It contains carbohydate, protein, calcium, amino acids, vitamins and minerals which will boost the children's health incredibly. This new addition to the children's diet, prepared by Phoenix cooks, will affect the children a lot and we hope to see health improving over the next few months.
Not only does the food program support the children greatly, it also lifts a weight off the minds of their Moms. All Moms want is the best for their children, and this program is giving them that.
We are part of Global Giving'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:
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In Peru, the communities and surrounding area of our schools have been severely affected by the unseasonal heavy rains. However, unperturbed, Summer School continued through January and February, with extra classes for the children who weren't so successful in their exams at the end of 2012 to try to get ahead for the new term.
Sometimes the children, for various reasons, aren't successful in completing the year first time, but that doesn't stop us! With one-on-one classes focusing on the areas where they struggle and a little bit of attention and confidence building we know they will be successful next year!
Look out for our next report on Tuesday afternoon with our exciting announcement and plans for 2013!
Thank you for your continued support.
With the new school year rapidly approaching in our schools in Perú, we are continuing with our summer school program, with the children going over the basics of mathematics and language, readying themselves for the new term starting in March.
This February, The Phoenix Projects and our charity Fly The Phoenix are launching Corporate February, where we are aiming to create partnerships with the Corporate Social Responsibility programs of large and small businesses, so we can work together for the future of all our projects in Latin America.
Business can play a huge role in educating children and supporting communities and we would love to expand our portfolio of like-minded companies working with us to achieve our longterm goals of sustainable education in marginalised communities in Latin America.
If you, family and friends are part of any business who would like to get involved, please do donate, and share the link of our program for Perú. Even a phonecall to your manager or Head Office can make all the difference!
2013 is upon us, quicker I think than we all imagined, although not quick enough for the kids, eager for the new term to start in March. Though we havn't stopped, we have vacation classes for those kids who need that little bit extra, to prepare them for the new school year.
This year, your very kind donations will be going towards the salaries of our local teachers and will also be helping our new Plan Imersion, a scheme which allow secondary students to get a feel of what jobs are available in the future in Arequipa. From where they are from, the Pueblos Jovenes in the desert, they know very little of what is on offer, so we will bring Arequipa to them, have open days with various members of industry to come and talk about what is on offer.
We will also be investing in Plan Chacra, which moves towards our sustainability model, by investing in income-generating sustainable plans, including agriculture and livestock, which in the future, will bring in income for the schools.
Finally, we will also be running various charity challenges in Perú, so if you want to come down, see where your money is going, lend a hand and get involved in a charity challenge, please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and have a look at the website on www.thephoenixprojects.org
Many thanks for making 2013 a special year, in the past, present and indeed future!
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