As 2013 comes to a close we can reflect to a terrific year in Honduras, especially our secondary school as yet more teenagers and adults graduate from Secondary school. Plan Café is ready for harvest and we are beginning to buy supplies for 2014. The primary school finished for the year with brilliant results, laying the foundations for an optimistic 2014.
During this festive season we have to look ahead to 2014 and beyond; get donations in the bank to ensure our programs progress and improve over the coming months; ensure our children have daily food and fruit; ensure we can pay our local teachers who do such a terrific job; make sure that the children have materials to study hard!
May I take this opportunity to thank you for previous donations and thank you in advance for donations to come. As we all share gifts this season, please share our message with friends and family and let’s all ensure a prosperous 2014 in The Phoenix Projects and their communities. Happy holidays!
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.
This month in Honduras the focus is on our college kids in San Rafael and what a month it has been for them!
We the school gates opened this year, we had a record 69 students in the secondary school and college, traveling from nine different towns around Copán to come to our school, deemed one of the best schools in the region! Some of the kids travel over an hour to get to the school, that is how dedicated they are to getting a good education.
And it is worth the walk as this month they have been doing their work experience placements for college in businesses and organisations in Copán. The kids absolutely loved it and their temporary bosses were even more impressed, saying they were the hardest bunch of students they had ever worked with. Not only has this given the students an incredible confidence boost but it has also shown the business owners what these small town kids are made of! Some of them have even been offered a job where they did their placement, once they have completed their education of course!
If that wasn't enough excitement for one month, the students were also invited to take part in a traditional folkloric dance at the Maratón de la Merienda Escolar in Copán, showing off their skills in front of other schools and the public.
Finally, we are almost ready for our first crop of coffee from our sustainable plan in Honduras, Plan Café. The college kids (again!) took time out of their very busy schedule to learn about the different methods for Plan Café and to help prepare the land for the first harvest!
All those opportunities have been funded by donations from you and other generous people just like you who really are helping thes children have the best start in life. Thank you.
We sent you an update on Saturday giving you an update on how the projects are progressing and how well the students are doing!
As I mentioned on Saturday, the students would not be making such progress in school if it wasn’t for your support and dedication to helping fund the projects.
Just in this moment, GlobalGiving started their June Bonus Day and are offering us 50% on all donations that are made today, whilst match funding lasts. If you were planning on making a further donation to the projects, this is the moment to do so!!
All we ask is that you click on the link below and make a donation and GlobalGiving will automatically add on the extra 50%!!
Thank you so much for your continued support.
This month in Honduras we focused on education and celebration!
Each year, we meet our new first graders in San Rafael and this year they have been as impressive as ever! They are so eager to learn they have specifically requested more homework each day – I wonder how long it will last!!
We also celebrated Mother’s day, an event organized by our secondary school students! They put on a program of dance, drama and comedy for the Mums, with the most memorable moment the ‘Honduran Sack Dance’ performed by some of our younger students.
What a proud and memorable day!
Good education (and fun!) is absolutely vital for the development of the children and their families. Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can keep improving the livelihoods of these communities!
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!
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