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As I told you in my last report, the schools are open and the children flocking back to receive another year of education. But, there is something new this year to add to their packed curriculum.
Plan Identidad is designed to teach children of their background, traditions and history. In an attempt to unite families and explore more difficult issues, we have now invited all family members to join the meetings. Covering topics like family violence, and Nicaraguan history we try to help the families understand and combat issues in their community.
This month, we talked about bullying, a topic not known of in the communities, with information on what it is, the effects and how to avoid it so that families can feel more united and children have a safe environment to grow in.
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In La Thompson 38 children have joined us this year in pre-school, over three levels in the school. We have had more children arrive into primary as well as more and more families understand the importance of education.
The new school year has started well in Alexis Arguello with 107 children; 50 in preschool, 15 in 1st grade, 13 in 2nd grade, 12 in 3rd grade, five in 4th graade, four in 5th grade and eight in 6th grade - and of course day one had to start with a piñata!
On 14th February, Día del Cariño was celebrated in both schools, with emphasis on the importance of love within families and friendship between students. Whilst a commercial day in many countries, it is important to stress the reasons behind this day, and hugs were given all round!
Look out for our next report on Wednesday morning, with our exciting announcement and plans for 2013 in Guatemala!
Thank you for your continued support.
Classes start on 11th February, with our pre-school and primary levels receiving education from our 7 dedicated local teachers, thanks to donations present and future. Over 200 children now benefit from our programs which were started almost 5 years ago.
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 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 Nicaragua. Even a phonecall to your manager or Head Office can make all the difference!
February 14th 2013 is upon us, quicker I think than we all imagined - the day the kids return to school for kinder, primary and secondary with us on The Phoenix Projects, and they can't wait. The classrooms are being prepared, planning sessions are being undertaken to make 2013 the best year so far for our education projects in Nicaragua.
This year, your very kind donations will be going towards the salaries of our local eight teachers who give classes to the kinder children and reinforcement sessions for primary and secondary. We are also bringing in a local sports teacher, as well as a local English teacher, to prove that anything is possible in the communities. By investing in local talent, knowledge and qualified teachers, the projects become more sustainable as reliance from afar lessens over the years. Obviously donations are needed to pay for their salaries, though the very presence of local employment is a huge plus.
We will also be investing in Plan Chicken, which moves towards our sustainability model, by investing in income-generating sustainable plans and in the future, will bring in income for the schools to help pay the monthly costs. Eggas and meat which come from chickens can be used in the school meals and also sold to bring income into the school.
Finally, we will also be running charity challenges in Nicaragua, 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!
We would like to inform you about an exciting new development with this project in Nicaragua. Over the past five years, we have been promoting the basic human rights of full education, food and employment in communities in Nicaragua by building schools and hiring local teachers, whilst also investing in secondary education. This project, in conjunction with others in Latin America, was known as the GVI Phoenix projects.
Funds have been raised through the GVI Charitable Trust to cover project costs, which includes daily food and fruit, local salaries, educational utensils and construction work. Global Vision International (GVI) volunteers were also used to help with teaching in these schools
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 Nicaragua 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 five years promoting these rights in communities Nicaragua by building schools and hiring local teachers, whilst also investing in secondary education.
During this time, Global Vision International (GVI) volunteers were used to help with the teaching aspect for The Phoenix Projects, who themselves raised funds through the GVI Charitable Trust to cover project costs, which includes daily food and fruit, local salaries, educational utensils and construction work.
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.
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