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!
We would like to inform you about an exciting new development with this project in Peru. Over the past six years, we have been promoting the basic human rights of full education, food and employment in communities in Peru by supporting schools with one teacher in each and investing in secondary education. This project, in conjunction with others in Latin America, was known as the GVI Phoenix projects.
Funds have been raised through the GVI Charitable Trust to cover project costs, which includes daily food and fruit, local salaries, educational utensils and construction work. Global Vision International (GVI) volunteers were also used to help with teaching in these schools.
From 2013, these Phoenix Projects will be running independently as a new charity, Fly The Phoenix. If you wish to make future donations, please do continue to do so through this GlobalGiving page and have a look at the Fly the Phoenix website - http://www.thephoenixprojects.org/. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the communities in Peru through the GVI Charitable Trust, we really cannot thank you enough for your generosity. We wish Fly the Phoenix all the best in the future.
The Phoenix Projects believe that full education, food and employment are basic human rights, and have spent the past six years promoting these rights in communities in Perú by supporting schools with one teacher in each and investing in secondary education.
During this time, Global Vision International (GVI) volunteers were used to help with the teaching aspect for The Phoenix Projects, who themselves raised funds through the GVI Charitable Trust to cover project costs, which includes daily food and fruit, local salaries, educational utensils and construction work.
From 2013, since The Phoenix Projects have set up their own charity, Fly The Phoenix, donations will be channelled to this charity and not the GVI Charitable Trust. We would like to take this opportunity to thank GVI and the GVI Charitable Trust.
2012 has been a good year for our projects in Perú, despite the numerous teacher strikes and disruptions to the children's education, though we got there in the end, with final exams currently being finished off.
2013 brings us to ever-more expansion in our education goals for the communities, with a lot of work to be put into secondary education, with Plan Immersion (whereby we introduce opportunities and examples of future employment by bringing in business owners to talk with the children about opportunities in Arequipa, something they would never have had without further education).
We will also continue to reinforce primary education, especially giving the vital one-to-one attention for a few kids, and also continue employing local teachers, the only way to make a project sustainable in the long-run. Also, thanks to our ongoing Christmas Appeal, we will hopefully be able to feed all our kids daily.
Thanks to your ever-present donations, past, present and future and Happy Holidays to you all
For the past three months the children's education has been affected by country-wide teacher strikes, though we have still managed to get in and carry on teaching, despite this hindrance! We continue with the food program and the children receive their utensils that they need for enhanced learning. Our local teachers we employ are obviously not involved in the strikes so continue to work as normal.
We are moving towards the end of the year which means the final exams and we are confident that most children will pass onto the next grade in 2013. Those that finish primary school will receive their schoilarships for secondary school and this, coupled with Plan Imersion, whereby we promote the opportunities these children can have in Arequipa.
The future is looking bright, thanks to all the generous donors!
Recently, we were lucky enough to have 7 members of the GVI team in Perú who took to conquer the Atacama Desert. We trekked 35 kilometers in two days along a beautiful Peruvian coast, raising money for the GVI Charitable Trust. The money raised through this challenge will continue providing the children of Perú with daily fruit and lunch. Although the challenge was tough, as we walked through the driest place on earth, in temperatures of 40+, we were amazed at the beautiful scenery that engulfed us. Surrounded by mountains on one side with a seemingly never-ending ocean on the other, we felt we must have been the first people to have ever stepped foot on that land.
This is going to help our aim of providing long-term, sustainable help by improving basic education and access to water in small communities, "los pueblos jovenes", around the city of Arequipa, Peru.
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