Our teachers are some of the most inspiring individuals! Working tirelessly to educate 1020 children across Latin America, preparing them well for their future!
But sometimes, you just have to let your hair down...
Every year we celebrate Mothers Day in Itzapa, Guatemala but this year is was INCREDIBLE! Firstly, we enjoyed dances prepared and practices by each grade, the children did a spectacular job and they were dressed beautifully in traditional dress. We then played games and as the event came to a close…some surprise visitors arrived! Check out the video to see what the teacher’s did next!
A small performance by both the male and female teachers showcasing how vital our Mums are...and giving them a chance to let their hair down and have a laugh! It was hilarious and enjoyed by all the Mothers, staff and very much so by the teachers themselves...we haven't stopped talking about it since!
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!
Next Wednesday, June 12, from 9am GlobalGiving is matching all donations to us at 50%. This means a donation of $10 would become $15 thanks to GlobalGiving. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to make your donation even BIGGER and have a BIGGER impact. I’ll send you a reminder just as the match funding starts but please, do consider making a donation that will give more than you expected!
As we come close to US Mother's Day on May 12, we are focusing on supporting our Moms in Guatemala!
Ex-volunteer Lisa Bailey brought four friends with her to Guatemala this week, her third visit, to run our very first Breast Health Workshop in Santa Maria.
Lisa, a specialist in breast cancer surgery and prevention at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in California, gave the first ever workshop on Breast Health to more than 80 Mothers in Santa Maria. The community was really interested and the talk was given in Spanish and Kaqchikel to ensure everyone understood the information that was being provided. The workshop covered the importance of breast health and how to check and monitor breast health and included the opportunity for a health check from one of the team.
We also launched Plan Iron Woman this week with the same team, distributing seeds of iron-rich vegetables. The plan is specifically aimed at expectant mothers and young mothers to improve nutrition in a child’s first 1000 days of life, the time deemed most important for a child's development.
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:
Global Giving’s first bonus day of the year starts NOW, 9am EST!
Global Giving are matching donations at 30% from right now! There is $50,000 available in matching so if you would like to donate to the project plans below for 2013 please so do now so we can benefit from the extra donation!
Our teachers are the backbone of our organization. With 39 of them working tirelessly to teach our children across Latin America we are incredibly proud of them and the work they do.
Each teacher has their own class in schools, sometimes covering more than one if needed. But class sizes are big and we would love to be able to split grades, add in teach support and grow our teacher force to 50 by the end of this year.
As you know, the smaller the ratio of teacher to student, the more the children will receive attention, build confidence, learn more and get more out of school. Our teachers are reliable, resourceful and the best of the best.
If you would like to help pay for them and for new teachers, use the Global Giving bonus day to do so. Please, consider a donation today and let us benefit from a further 30% on top of your donation COMPLETELY FREE!
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2013 has started extremely well, with the schools reopening after the holidays in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Perú restarts in March and Ecuador never actually stopped (their holidays are in July!). For Fly The Phoenix it is a year when the number of our own local teachers surpasses 40 on the ground. That means we have created 40 new jobs in the teaching environment in Latin America, thanks to donations. An incredible effort and the children benefit from having locally-trained teachers.
Many of the teachers are products of the Phoenix education system over the past 10 years; we have paid for them to go to school and teaching college, so for the children to see that this is possible is even better for the future - it CAN be done!
The number of children benefitting from education this year is over 1000. In our projects they receive daily food and fruit and the most of the materials they need to study effectively. The parents still must ratain a certain degree of responsibility for their child's education, so they must provide the basic necessary materials at the start of the year, including workbooks, pens, pencils etc. We provide the rest!
So in 2013, what we are seeing are over 40 new jobs created in the teaching profession and over a 1000 children receiving full-time education. Thankyou all so much for your donations this far, and in the future. Together we will provide a better future in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú - cheers
As we come into the holiday season, with Thanksgiving and Christmas and other holidays, it is always important to put everything into perspective around the world for those less-fortunate. During this season, we are aiming to raise enough funds to support our food and fruit program for every single child in our projects in Latin America. Daily food is a human right and also enable the children to concentrate more on their studies. Studying on an empty stomach is not possible. As we strive to provide as good an education for our children as we can, food and fruit is up there as being very important. Thank you in advance for helping prepare our children for 2013 and onwards.
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