The secondary school in Honduras continues to be a huge success and when we have more funds, we can potentially employ more teachers for further education, which will of course make a huge difference to the lives of all of the children in the community in Honduras. At the moment, three teachers are employed, however if we could afford more this would provide huge benefits to all of the children, giving them more one to one attention and thus improving their grades and general behaviour, making everyone’s lives a lot easier.
Sadly we couldn't afford the fourth teacher that we had hoped to re-employ in the future, but as soon as more donations flow in this is at the top of our priority list. Children from three communities benefit from this secondary school program and it is essential that the work continues to provide countless benefits to the children of the community.
Thank you very much
The Phoenix run secondary school is located in rural San Rafael, Honduras and is coming along leaps and bounds. Donations are helping us to pay for the salaries of three local teachers ($350 a month each). Which wouldn’t be possible otherwise and the children would not have access to further education due to the rural areas in which they live.
Results are positive and depending on further donations, we hope to open up a “Carrera”, or further education in 2013. This will further open up the prospect of brighter futures for the children of San Rafael and the surrounding rural area.
The fifth year of our secondary school started up recently, a tremendous achievement for these tiny communities on the outskirts of Copán. When you think that these teenagers from four different communities would have no chance of further education, seeing over 100 of them involved is incredible. Funds raised pay for the teachers wages, so it isn't just education, though employment creation.
We would like to share the most recent trustee report from the GVI Charitable Trust. This report covers the six month period from July to December 2011.
This has been by far the most successful period. In six months we have raised nearly as much as we did the whole previous year. This increase in funding has brought a corresponding increase in the impact we have been able to create on our programs around the world.
During this period we have invested in sustainable education across Latin America. This includes support for the elderly in Guatemala and income generation schemes to support education in Honduras and Ecuador. In Mexico we have worked with a community to establish a recycling centre and in Kenya our partners in Mombasa will now see impoverished students complete primary education to earn qualifications for the first time.
These are just a few highlights of an amazing, productive and rewarding six months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and played a crucial role in these achievements.
On the Phoenix project in Honduras we have developed a new income generating initiative to secure Secondary education for students in the communities of San Rafael and Barbasco.
Project director Dom Williams explains: ‘After numerous meetings with the communities of San Rafael and Barbasco everyone is in agreement that is it a good idea and Plan Café has been given the green light to begin! Both communities have given a total of 2.5 hectares of land to the project and now Phoenix has bought roughly 12,000 small coffee plants to be planted on the land. The coffee, once the plants are mature in 2-3 years, will then be cut and sold, and the profit will go towards the secondary school to help pay teachers salaries year-on-year. All of this will help create a sustainable income for the school.
This initiative clearly demonstrates the long term vision we try to implement on our projects which enables communities to take the lead and provide and themselves provide the needs to secure continuation of the project.
In addition to ‘Plan Cafe’ donations to the GVI charitable Trust have helped to fund the food and fruit program in the school, bring in much needed educational materials, fund birthday celebrations four secondary teachers and the local dialect, Chorti teacher.
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