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!
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.
A fantastic few months in Itzapa and Santa María in Guatemala. Excellent results in our first set of exams with our ten 14 local teachers shining in their education roles. Semana Santa (Easter) was celebrated with our own procession to keep up tradition, being open to all. Construction in Santa María continues at pace and should be finished in the next month. Plan Moo was officially started with the purchase of our first cows, and one has already given birth to a beautiful female calf, to ensure progression and sustainability. Plan Moo involves families receiving a cow and the income from the sales of milk are shared between the family and the school's runing costs.
Amazing results for the school in San Rafael, Honduras. In late 2013, the Government ran tests nationally and our school, with averages in the high 80's and 90's beat the average (50s and 60s). And this year is no different with the children showing great progress. Our secondary school continues to cover 6 grades from teenagers from 9 different communities and we have introduced music classes. Thanks to donations, we could print out the exam papers for the whole school for the rest of the year, otherwise they wouldn't have been tested. Father's Day was celebrated with much fun and games and the daily food and fruit program continues.
It has been a brilliant few months in Nicaragua, celebrating our 6th Anniversary in La Thompson in April, with typical dress, a dance-off, a historical tour or our project and dancing into the night to include the whole community. Relaxation techniques have been bought into the curriculm, with some fantastic results. The educational work with all the children has been impressive with advances made in math and language. We have taken in children with special needs aswell and they have adapted well into the school environment.
In Perú, 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.
School is back underway in Ecuador after the mid-year break (classes started in September 2013) and immediately exams are on the horizon! Daily hot food is still handed out to the children and we continue to cover the transport costs of two familes' children to attend school - an hour each way - as well as the transport of the local teachers. Our four teachers we pay for continue to shine, especially in Larcacunga, where the government removed one of their two teachers, leaving a gaping whole which she quickly filled to continue the children's education. Community meetings have been held in Muenala to discuss the implentation of the next stage of Plan Moo to sustainably cover some school costs in the future.
As we swiftly move into February all our projects are now back up and running after the holidays and we can eagerly look ahead to providing yet more education, employment and daily food and fruit to almost 1000 children across Latin America.
We currently employ over 30 local teachers in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú and we plan to increase this number 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!
Two little words that can never be said enough!
Hope you are well. As the year draws to an end we wanted to send you a quick update of our main successes from the past ten months, to take a moment to reflect upon exactly what your support has achieved.
This year, across all of our projects, we accepted more students into the schools and are currently supporting over 1,000 children, handing out over 250,000 pieces of fruit, 35,000 pieces of bread and over 100,000 hot meals to keep them warm, full up and nourished!
We have kept over 50 locals in work with 30 of them teaching the children over 28,000 teaching hours in classrooms that have been built and refurbished. On top of that, 30 of our old students have graduated and are now new teachers, ready to educate the world!
Our vital sustainable plans are going really well; Plan Café in Honduras will have its first crop later this year, Plan Moo continues to support secondary school students in Ecuador and new plans, Plan Arveja in Santa Maria and Plan Papa in Ecuador, have started this year!
We have also had some wonderful volunteers building stoves, teaching, painting and helping out throughout the year. And of course YOU, supporting every one of these children get the start in life they deserve. Thank you.
Not bad huh? We will be in touch next week with some exciting Christmas news, but for now pat yourselves on the back and congratulate yourselves for the support you have given us over the last ten months and remember how important your continuing support is for these wonderful children.
In Santa Maria, thanks to you, we currently have three teachers working with the children Doreen, Santiago and Elvia. Both in the morning and afternoon our three teachers run classes to reinforce what the children are learning in their national school and helping them with their impossible homework!
Elvia has been working in the school for two years and supports the youngest of the children to learn their basic ABCs. Santiago has been the passion behind Santa Maria with Doreen since we opened our doors in 2004, running the projects and now focusing his energy on helping the older children with their homework. Doreen teaches the middle classes of varying levels, breaking them down into ability groups for their classes.
What our three wonderful teachers have in common is a passion for their work. Whether they are reciting the alphabet over and over again, cleaning a child's nose, comforting a child that has just grazed their knee and explaining how the universe works, you know they do it with all their passion and love, to help theie community and country. As Doreen says, "
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