School restarted for the new year in February with plenty of new faces eager to learn how to hold a pencil and color in "between" the lines! Before term started thanks to donations we managed to restock the toy box, buy essential education supplies including glue, papers, books etc. We have also replaced the ageing latrines and built new shelves for storage. We are hoping to employ two ex-students to help out in the school aswell to give our current teachers more support.
During the holidays, we invested in our sustainable Plan Ciber; purchasing five computers and installing internet so the older children can do their homework and printing, rather than having to travel miles to the nearest town to do this. We can also start computer classes for the school and also help members of the community; it is a great addition to The Phoenix Projects.
Thank you to all our donors who continually help to make this happen and who will make this happen in the future. Remember that on 6th June we are undertaking The Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge, where you can undertake any fundraising event at home, knowing that fundraisers are being held on the same day around the world. Please do get involved and use this page as your fundraising page - every cent counts!. For more information click here.
Thank you and have a great March!
This holiday season we would like to try and raise funds for our sustainable plan initiatives which help the families and the projects by generating income – please see the link at the bottom of the page to find out more on our sustainable plans. By donating now we can start plans to sustain the children’s education, daily food and fruit, local teachers, school materials and much more, well into the future. Please help us avoid empty fruits baskets, broken pencils and deserted classrooms by donating and sharing this month, as you have donated before, and help us sustain their future for years to come.
This year we would like your one-off generous Appeal donation to work now and sustainably in the future, providing daily food and fruit, local teachers’ salaries and materials for the children as well as extra local family income for years to come, hence we will be investing in sustainable income plans with this year’s Appeal!. To put it simply, every dollar you give to this year’s appeal will keep working now and for years to come, with the immediate income derived from the sustainable plans being shared between the families and the projects. You can get together with friends, family or work colleagues and basically build your own sustainable plan knowing that over the coming years it will be providing for the projects! Thank you and together we can go a long way to making the projects sustainable with this Appeal by donating here – cheers
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!
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