As part of the Fly The Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge on Saturday 6th June, the communities themselves will be undertaking events to raise awareness and funds. Please sponsor the communities as we strive to move towards sustainability over the next few years by donating to this page.
A brilliant few months across all the projects with some scintilating exams results, all thanks to our local teachers, the majority of whom we once our students and we have put through teaching college and now employ! In Guatemala, our first exams results were amazing from all the grades; the children are currently in their second set of exams as I write this report! In Honduras the 2014 national college results were published and Phoenix College was well above the national average in spanish language (80% compared to 60%) and maths (80% compared to 40%).
Our local teachers in Nicaragua continue to perform amazing work as our ever-growing classes have such a thirst for learning the basics! In Ecuador, our local teachers reported the neccesity of the afternoon reinforcement classes as the class sizes in the new centralized school are too big to allow individual attention and the children are falling behind. Ex-student Elizabeth, our new teacher's assistant in Perú, has settled in very well into her teaching role in grades 1 and 2 and we will be bringing in a new teacher's assistant, again an ex-student, in June.
Thank you all for your support and please do sponsor the community as they take on their hike on 6th June. Cheers
2015 has got off to a great start and it is mainly thanks to our forty local teachers accross the Phoenix Projects, the majority of whom were once our students so fully comprehend what it is like to come to school on an empty stomach and know what needs to be done in the classroom. Also, explaining difficult educational problems in their mother-tongue makes the job a lot easier! Also, the majority of our teachers are female which make for great role models in the community and demonstrates that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Guatemala leads the way with twenty local teachers, followed by Honduras with twelve. Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú make up the rest although plans are in the pipeline to add more teachers as the year goes on and we see where needs arise.
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.
In Honduras we have taken on four of our “colegio” students to help out across the 6 grades in primary school. As well as paying them a monthly stipend we will also be covering their University costs so that they become qualified teachers in the future. In 2015 we aim to increase this number to 6.
Independence Day was celebrated in style, with dancing, games, theatre and some good food, as well as marching through the communities. We also celebrated Day of the Child with similar aplomb!
A very sad way to celebrate our ten year anniversary working in Ecuador as Huayrapungo, Muenala and Larcacunga cease to function as schools with the government bidding to centralise education and populations. Our work in the communities continues however with transporting all the children daily to the centralised school and back, daily fruit, materials and more sustainable income plans in the communities to generate employment and ensure further education in the future. We also plan to keep on two of our local teachers to give reinforcement classes in the afternoons back in the communities. Happy Anniversary Ecuador!
September is the month of Independence Day in Nicaragua and our kids joined in the parade in Estelí as well as activities in the school. Apart from the national festivities classes with the pre-school continue as we approach the end of the academic year in November.
School continues at pace in Perú 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.
In Guatemala, our school drumming band and the rest of the school took the streets of Itzapa and were loudly applauded everywhere they went. We also celebrated Day of the Child, with lots of piñatas, games dancing and food. Both schools have excelled so far this year with our fifteen local teachers (ex-students we now employ) and our addition of another local teaching, acting as a classroom assistant in Itzapa has improved ten children so that they now should pass their final exams later in the year.
Our water tank was finished in Santa María which will provide daily water in the school, as opposed to one a week for one hour. Further construction is due in Itzapa with building more latrines and a full paint-job for both schools is in the pipeline.
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 local teachers we employ continue to provide education to almost 1000 children across Latin America. It is such a thrill taking on new teachers who used to be our own students, closing the circle! The exam results this year have been exceptional, proving once again that indigenous children react better to indigenous teachers, rather than employing teachers who so not comprehend the hardships of life these children live, having never been through this themselves.
This year and next year, we do intend to increase the number of local teachers we employ so thank you for your support in the past and thankyou in advance for your donations in the future, to help us make this all happen!
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