Fly The Phoenix

Fly the Phoenix believes that education, as well as daily food, are basic human rights. In order to combat the imbalances of these rights, we are creating sustainable, 25-year cycle, educational community programs. These are funded by our local income-initiatives, challenges and international donations through our registered charity, Fly The Phoenix.
Sep 10, 2013

School veggie gardens to supplement diets

Tasty food in Nicaragua
Tasty food in Nicaragua

Hi there

Over the last year we have started to implement new plans to boost our already ample food and fruit programmes in the schools. As you know, all students receive a hot meal and a piece of fruit daily to combat the effects of malnutrition and full their tummies so they can concentrate on learning.

We are well aware however, that this, in most cases, is the only place they receive food so we are trying to provide more and more nutrition to help their little bodies grow.

As more generous donors support this project on Global Giving, we have been able to slowly implement our vegetable plans. In the communities that need it, we have started allotments, the community providing the land and us the seeds. The community manages the land and then the produced vegetables are split between the school meals, the families and sold for income. Thus, providing nutrition for the children in the schools and the families back home plus an income for the community.

As we receive more donations, more vegetable patches can be started, our most recent patch was started at Lacacunga after Zoe and Als donated the money for it, now, 21 Mums are in charge of the land and we will soon be adding new vegetables to the school meals!

Please keep supporting all of our food programmes, helping the children and the community to grow.

Potatoes in Ecuador
Potatoes in Ecuador

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Sep 6, 2013

More than just ABCs!

Preparing their English!
Preparing their English!

Hi there Massie Family!

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!!

Having lunch at a tourist restaurant
Having lunch at a tourist restaurant
A tour of a travel agents
A tour of a travel agents

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Sep 6, 2013

A new school year starts

Final speeches in the school
Final speeches in the school

Thanks to our wonderful donors school opened for a new year on 2 September!!

School closed for the year at the end of July with a 97% pass rate across the three schools which gave parents, teachers and the kids a good reason to celebrate! So on the last day, school was officially closed with some speeches, dancing, silly games and a delicious meal of roasted chicken and guinea pig (eurgh!).

We also said a sad farewell to Als & Zoe who have been running the projects for many years together and Andy who has been supporting them for the last year. The project has now been handed over to the communities to run as we step into the second phrase of sustainability plan with Fly The Phoenix funding the education but the local community running it.

As school reopened on Monday, you, our wonderful donor, will be continuing to fund the children's daily education and nutrition programmes whilst also funding our sustainable plans. Plan IronWoman and Plan Papa are continuing with excellent success with all 300 tons of potatoes being cared for by our Dads, Don Guitarra and Don Lanchimba.

Thank you for making this happen and continuing to support our three schools in Ecuador!

A good excuse for some games!
A good excuse for some games!
Plan Papa
Plan Papa

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