September is the month of Independence Day in Nicaragua and our kids joined in the parade in Estelí as well as activities in the school. Apart from the national festivities classes with the pre-school continue as we approach the end of the academic year in November.
We are in the pre-planning stage to invest in a start-up internet café, which will not only provide extra income for the school though also help students in the community to continue their schoolwork nearer home, rather than having to travel to Estelí each time they need to do computer-related homework.
Over the coming months we will also be investing in our income generating sustainable plans which should provide income for the schools as well as the local families. These include buying cows, chickens, weaving looms and micro-investment into local start-up businesses. By investing now we create employment for the future: education now, employment and income in the future. For more information on our sustainable plans, please follow this link and get involved!
Finally, let’s not forget what The Phoenix Projects are all for in Latin America: 40 local teachers, the majority of whom were previous students, teaching almost 1000 children daily whilst receiving food across five countries benefiting seven communities (fifteen if you include the communities our students come from in Honduras for our colegio)...all for under $200,000 a year - every penny and cent counts - thank you to everyone who makes this possible year after year.
During the past three months and for the rest of the year we will be concentrating on maximising our education with our pre-school, providing the materials necesary for our teachers to teach and impart knowledge to the best of their abilities. Pre-school is so important and lessons learned now puts the children in good stead in their forthcoming years of education.
We celebrated Day of the Child recently, with piñatas, food and dances which were enjoyed by the children and their parents alike. To move towards more sustainability of the projects we will be investing in plans to create income not just for the school though also members of the community to improve their standard of living aswell as sustainable income for the school.
Many thanks for your excellent support and please do keep it coming, together we can improve the future for Nicaragua and its children!
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.
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. Here's looking forward to the next few months. Stay tuned and please help us feed these children for the rest of the school year by donating to our Gift For Good. cheers
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.
In Nicaragua we plan to increase the number of local teachers we employ and supplement the food program, as well as providing better and more educational materials that will improve further the level of education we can provide.
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!
As 2013 comes to a close we can reflect to a terrific year in Nicaragua. Thanks to your donations we have been able to continue with our four local teachers, providing incredible education to all the children in the school. Food and fruit programs continue. The schools have closed for the holidays though will re-open in the new year with reinforcement classes, as well as food and fruit. Highlights of the year must be the graduation of all our kids in kinder school, ready for 2014 with relish in Primary school!
During this festive season we have to look ahead to 2014 and beyond; get donations in the bank to ensure our programs progress and improve over the coming months; ensure our children have daily food and fruit; ensure we can pay our local teachers who do such a terrific job; make sure that the children have materials to study hard!
May I take this opportunity to thank you for previous donations and thank you in advance for donations to come. As we all share gifts this season, please share our message with friends and family and let’s all ensure a prosperous 2014 in The Phoenix Projects and their communities.
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