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.
During 2014 we would like to take our children on school trips as a reward for their efforts in the classroom as well as to broaden their horizons from their day-to-day lives in the communities. In Guatemala we would like to take our students to football competitions in the department as well as day trips to Antigua; in Honduras the Copán ruins would be a fabulous outing to show the children their heritage; in Nicaragua, visits to the local environment including waterfalls and rivers; in Ecuador we would like to repeat the success of our day trips for all the communities to nearby lakes and in Perú, as is custom, the day trip to the beach - something quite amazing for them, bearing in mind they live in a desert.
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!
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.
At Phoenix, we believe education is more than just teaching the basic curriculum, we believe it is also about showing the children what they can do with that education, where it will take them and what exciting opportunities there are when you have a good basis of education.
Recently, we were able to use some of the funds raised from our generous donors to take our older English students on a school trip to Antigua. Antigua is about an hour away from their town and some of them had never been before so were really excited! The reason they went was because a lot of people from smaller towns have come to Antigua and found very good jobs in tourism by having an excellent level of English. They went to six different places including banks, adventure shops, travel agents, a restaurant and an Art Gallery, all places where English is used in the work, and had to speak in English!!
Their faces lit up with excitement as they understood just where education could take them and what exciting and interesting work they could find if they studied hard. A lot of them also came away with some offers of work experience when they finished school.
A lot of the children in the school don't have any knowledge of where thier education can take them, they have only seen thier their families work in the fields and in the home, they don't understand what opportunities are out there! On the way home they couldn't stop chatting about what they want to do and how hard they were going to study to get there!!
Here is your regular update on our school trips in our schools in Latin America!
It is still football crazy in Nicaragua as the school football team in La Thompson took on a neighbouring town in the local championships. It was a close match but La Thompson conquered the local side and are through to the next round. The exciting thing about the next game is that the children will be making a trip to the nearest big town Estelií and playing in the official stadium rather than a muddy dirt patch!!
Our schools in Nicaragua also took a more serious school trip this month. Due to the extensive damage caused in previous rainy seasons these past few years in the communities, the children were taken out on a field-trip to learn about landslides, flooding and how to make sure they were well prepared for the imminent rainy season and what to do in emergency situations.
When your communtiy solely relies on very delicate houses to live in a crops from their own land to live off, some preparations and changes to their lifestyle can be the difference between eating and starving for these children. Hopefully they will take what they learnt on this school trip home and help their parents prepare for the inevitable rain.
Our English class in Guatemala are also preparing for their first trip to Antigua! They are going to be interviewing Guatemalans in English about their work and how they use English on a daily basis. Most of the kids have never been to Antigua but this trip will be able to show them what potential learning a second language can be and open their eyes to job opportunities they may have only ever dreamed of.
School trips are a fantastic way to get out of the classroom, experience new things and bring back new and better ideas to the classroom and home. Thank you for supporting our school trips and allowing these children's eyes to be opened.
School trips are really important for the children we work with as it opens their eyes to new ideas and communities. In Nicaragua an important part of their schedule is the trips to play football!!
Both our girls and boys teams get to go and play in local leagues, (the photo below is our girls team). The students are always very excited to be picked up in the bus, maximising their time to spend singing their favourite songs and just enjoying the adventure. The teams play in Esteli and we make sure we mix the two schools together so they can meet each other and work together.
It is always great to see the interaction between the students from La Thompson and Alexis as they get to know each other better and also just having a lot of fun playing football. A 'Man (or Woman) of the Match is always called at the end before jumping on the bus and heading back to the communities.
What a great way to spend the day in Nicaragua and an experience the children will never forget!
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