We would like to inform you about an exciting new development with this project in Guatemala. Over the past ten years, we have been promoting the basic human rights of full education, food and employment in communities in Guatemala. For this project, we have been focusing on providing food and essential items for the elder generation, who beforehand were simply left till last whenever there was food available for the community. Over this time, funds have been raised through the GVI Charitable Trust to cover these needed provisions. This project, in conjunction with others in Latin America, was known as the GVI Phoenix projects.
From 2013, these Phoenix Projects will be running independently as a new charity, Fly The Phoenix. If you wish to make future donations, please do continue to do so through this GlobalGiving page and have a look at the Fly the Phoenix website - http://www.thephoenixprojects.org/. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the communities in Guatemala through the GVI Charitable Trust, we really cannot thank you enough for your generosity. We wish Fly the Phoenix all the best in the future.
The Phoenix Projects believe that full education, food and employment are basic human rights, and have spent the past ten years promoting these rights in communities in Guatemala whilst also providing food and essential items for the elder generation who simply were left til last when food was available.
From 2013, since The Phoenix Projects have set up their own charity, Fly The Phoenix, donations will be channelled to this charity and not the GVI Charitable Trust. We would like to take this opportunity to thank GVI and the GVI Charitable Trust.
2012 was a difficult year for the old people's plan although we did manage to provide many elderly people with food parcels and medicinal plants. In 2013, funds-permitting, we plan to return to our regular food-drops and increase the number of elderly relatives of our children who will benefit from this program. As our numbers swell in our schools, so to the numbers of elderly relatives and it is vital that, in these times of food insecurity and crop failure, that basic foodstuffs are available for the whole family, not just the adults, though the children and the grandchildren aswell.
Every three to four months, we plan to invest $2000 in the food parcels, which include rice, beans, sugar, oil, medicinal plants, soups, pastas, salt and other staple requirements. With each elderly adult receiving this parcel, it should be sufficient to see them through until the next installment. With the elderly receiving their food, there is more of the little there is in the household to go to the children, thus filling two sets of stomachs each day.
Happy Holidays to all our donors, past, present and future and thankyou in advance, especially in this time of our Christmas Appeal, which is raising funds for food for the kids in 2013
Thanks to the incredible generosity of a private donor, matching funds up to $2000 have been pledged to our Old People's Program, which has suffered a little this year with funding. With this generosity, we are lucky enough to be able to put the program back on track for the next few months which is fantastic, as well as the food parcels which are so important, especially as it looks like crops will fail for a third year in a row, will be started again to give them the basics that they need.
Many thanks once again to any donations, it is obvious to see the difference that they can make!
We really hope to resume our program for the elderly in Guatemala in September. Due to the unfortunate lack of funds this great program has had to be put on hold. However, as soon as more funds become available to us we will be able to continue supplying the elderly with rice, beans, salt, oils, soaps, sugar and medicinal plants to the grandparents of the children we teach in school. As always, the children whose attendance is high earn this food parcel for their families, with food in such shortage, it is a great way for them to learn to be responsible for their elder relatives.
We have had some very generous donations in the past, and we can all see the amazing difference such donations can make to the lives of these elderly in Guatemala, we just hope that the project can be restarted as soon as possible, so that we can provide the help needed.
We thank you.
Our next round of food parcels for Guatemala is due at the end of June, and we want to make it an extra special parcel this time around, as almost all food saved from last year has run out. The elderly of Guatemala we help are at present on the bare minimum until the next harvest, around November time.
We plan, thanks to very kind donations, to add in so many pounds of sugar, rice, pasta, porridge, beans as well as medicinal plants to help them through this hard time and the winter. We are still educating families on age related issues and in the future the young people of these communities can keep indigenous culture alive.
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