One of our great passions for our group of older people in the community is to keep them as involved in the work of the community as possible. They work so hard for their families and they are so passionate about their communities that we want to make sure they have a role in the community work we do.
For the first time in Phoenix history we have involved our older people in our reforestation programme! Deforestation is a huge problem in Guatemala and can lead to more destruction when there are heavy floods during the rainy season. To combat this problem we ask our women's group (which has included some of our older people this year) to grow 25,000 trees in our vivero which once a year we plant in the surrounding areas where there are problems of deforestation. Some of our older people even took trees home with them to plant on their own land and around their own homes to help with the problem.
We are also still collecting funds for our older people's programme. So far, we have collected over $2000 from you and other kind donors which we are using the collect together food parcels to hand out to the older people once we have enough for everyone. We will continue to collect funds for the food parcels over the coming months so that we can hand out food to the older people once supplies through other means start to dwindle later on in the year.
Thank you once again for your continued support, if you know of any friends or family that would also like to support this wonderful cause please do pass on the details to them.
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 GlobalGiving'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:
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Our next scheduled hand out of food to our older people will be over the next two weeks. This includes a parcel of food full of the basic nutrients we need and fruit and medicinal trees, grown locally by the women’s group, to help with general ailments and vital vitamins and minerals missed by lack of food. In turn, the grandparents are more able to support their children, in the home, getting them to school and helping them anyway they can with their work. All of this can be done thanks to our generous donations.
We will be able to hand out more food to the grandparents with your support 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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The new school year has started with great success in both Itzapa and Santa María, with the children knowing that their attendance and work in school goes towards their elderly relatives receiving regular food parcels in the future.
This February, The Phoenix Projects and our charity Fly The Phoenix are launching Corporate February, where we are aiming to create partnerships with the Corporate Social Responsibility programs of large and small businesses, so we can work together for the future of all our projects in Latin America.
Business can play a huge role in educating children and supporting communities and we would love to expand our portfolio of like-minded companies working with us to achieve our longterm goals of sustainable education and help for the aged in marginalised communities in Latin America.
If you, family and friends are part of any business who would like to get involved, please do donate, and share the link of our program for Guatemala. Even a phonecall to your manager or Head Office can make all the difference!
2013 is upon us, quicker I think than we all imagined, and not soon enough for the elderly generation of our kids in the school, as we resume our Old People's Program, regularly handing out basic foodstuffs to allow them to receive the basics to survive and provide vital education to their grandchildren that the elderly generation must not be forgotten.
This year, your very kind donations will be going towards packs of food, vital for the nutrition of the elderly. These packs, as ever, will include cooking oil, pastas, rice, sugar, salt, soups and medicinal plants. To cover each distibution costs around $3,000 so that over 200 elderly poeple receive what is required, hence your donations are of paramount importance.
We will also be investing in agricultural self-sustainable initiatives, the proceeds of which will benefit the the program with income to invest into the plan, as well as some of the products. Finally, we will also be running various charity challenges in Guatemala, so if you want to come down, see where your money is going, lend a hand and get involved in a charity challenge, please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and have a look at the website on www.thephoenixprojects.org
Many thanks for making 2013 a special year, in the past, present and indeed future!
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