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.
From now on, all donations to this page will be redirected to Funding a Teacher to Teach a Class, as all aspects like school trips, educational materials, construction and celebrations now come under this.
A fantastic few months in Itzapa and Santa María in Guatemala. Excellent results in our first set of exams with our ten 14 local teachers shining in their education roles. Semana Santa (Easter) was celebrated with our own procession to keep up tradition, being open to all. Construction in Santa María continues at pace and should be finished in the next month. Plan Moo was officially started with the purchase of our first cows, and one has already given birth to a beautiful female calf, to ensure progression and sustainability. Plan Moo involves families receiving a cow and the income from the sales of milk are shared between the family and the school's runing costs.
Amazing results for the school in San Rafael, Honduras. In late 2013, the Government ran tests nationally and our school, with averages in the high 80's and 90's beat the average (50s and 60s). And this year is no different with the children showing great progress. Our secondary school continues to cover 6 grades from teenagers from 9 different communities and we have introduced music classes. Thanks to donations, we could print out the exam papers for the whole school for the rest of the year, otherwise they wouldn't have been tested. Father's Day was celebrated with much fun and games and the daily food and fruit program continues.
It has been a brilliant few months in Nicaragua, celebrating our 6th Anniversary in La Thompson in April, with typical dress, a dance-off, a historical tour or our project and dancing into the night to include the whole community. Relaxation techniques have been bought into the curriculm, with some fantastic results. The educational work with all the children has been impressive with advances made in math and language. We have taken in children with special needs aswell and they have adapted well into the school environment.
In Perú, It has been a very productive first month of the school year in Maldonado with our paid-teacher Ediluz working well with three grades, without her the school would be a very difficult place to learn! We aim to start sustainable-income Plan Cuy (guinea pigs) in the houses of our children in the school, to benefit both them and our running costs in Maldonado. The sales of the guinea pigs, which reproduce very quickly, will not only provide a very useful income for the families though will also cover costs in the school, moving further towards sustainability.
School is back underway in Ecuador after the mid-year break (classes started in September 2013) and immediately exams are on the horizon! Daily hot food is still handed out to the children and we continue to cover the transport costs of two familes' children to attend school - an hour each way - as well as the transport of the local teachers. Our four teachers we pay for continue to shine, especially in Larcacunga, where the government removed one of their two teachers, leaving a gaping whole which she quickly filled to continue the children's education. Community meetings have been held in Muenala to discuss the implentation of the next stage of Plan Moo to sustainably cover some school costs in the future.
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.
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