This year we would like your one-off generous Appeal donation to work now and sustainably in the future, providing daily food and fruit, local teachers’ salaries and materials for the children as well as extra local family income for years to come, hence we will be investing in sustainable income plans with this year’s Appeal!. To put it simply, every dollar you give to this year’s appeal will keep working now and for years to come, with the immediate income derived from the sustainable plans being shared between the families and the projects. You can get together with friends, family or work colleagues and basically build your own sustainable plan knowing that over the coming years it will be providing for the projects! Thank you and together we can go a long way to making the projects sustainable with this Appeal by donating here – cheers
Our recently implemented and on-going investment in Plan Moo (our income generating plan which creates income for families and the school through the sale of milk) is also hugely beneficial for our ageing population - see the photos. More income in the family means more food for the whole family, and this includes the elderly, so Plan Moo is a huge success so far.
A recent study showed that medicinal plants we gave out during the last two years to our group of elderly population have been another great success. The small plants have now become large bushes and what the elderly don't use for personal consumption is sold in the local market, creating further disposable income.
Over the coming months we will also be investing in our income generating sustainable plans which should provide income for the schools as well as the local families. These include buying cows, chickens, weaving looms and micro-investment into local start-up businesses. By investing now we create employment for the future: education now, employment and income in the future. For more information on our sustainable plans, please follow this link and get involved!
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.
As we move into the second half of the year we can look back at some advances in the first six months, including planting over 25,000 which will help all our families, including the elderly, by creating windbreaks around their crops to avoid damage in the coming harvests and also ensuring a plentiful supply of firewood in the future.
We are also investing in many sustainable income generating plans, which include milking cows and chickens, the proceeds of which are split evenly with the family and the school. This means that the elderly will have their share of eggs and milk daily, especially important with food supplies currently dwindling.
Many thanks for your support and please dig deep to help us reach our goal of creating sustainable help for the elderly in the future.
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.
Work continues in the nursery, preparing the medicinal plants for the elderly generation in the community, which will be ready to be handed out in July/August. Food is starting to be scarce again in the families' households and as ever, the elderly suffer more than most.
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 as well as making sure we can do our best for the elderly member of the community.
During 2014 we aim to grow many medicinal plants in our nursery to be able to give to the elderly relatives of the children in our schools, so they have a sustainable access to simple remedies for the coming years. We also hope to continue our provision of basic products.
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!
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