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 11, 2013

Learning through recycling

Children
Children's murals in Guatemala

Part of the curriculum in Guatemala is learning about the damage caused by not throwing trash away correctly and the benefits of recycling.

In Guatemala waste disposal is a big problem. Recycling of waste is done by the trash collectors as part of their waste recycling service but the problem lies in getting the trash to the waste disposal units. Most people, uneducated in the effects of trash on the environment just throw it in the street.

Each year students in our school learn about why it is important to throw trash in the bin, recycle products and save their environment. As part of the activity they go and collect trash, looking and learning about the effects of it as they do. They bring the trash back to school and then learn how to recycle it correctly and use it in the school.

This year, the students saved some of the trash and along with some educational materials of the school, they made murals to represent different problems with throwing trash in the streets. Then, we invited all the parents to come in and look at the murels and recieve a presentation from the whole class on what the problem is and how recycling improves the environment. 

This is such an important topic for the whole community to understand and be educated on. By using our educational materials we could help everyone understand and improve their community.

Thank you.

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Sep 10, 2013

End of year celebrations in Ecuador!

Opening the celebration
Opening the celebration

Hi there

In July the school year came to a close in Ecuador but not until we used some of our celebration funds to put on an end of year party!

Across the three schools, 97% of the children passed all of their exams which is a phenomenal achievement and left a lot of smiles on the children's faces (and their parents!). As this year's exam results smashed the record we decided they certainly deserved a moment to celebrate how fantastic they are! It is so important to continue to tell the children how wonderful they are and with such great results, we wanted to show them exactly how proud we are.

The day started with an official speech from the headmistress and the official reading of the results but soon turned it a huge party with party games, dancing and a big feast of roasted chicken and guinea pig (a delicacy in Ecuador). The children had such a lovely day and we sent them off to their school holidays with big smiles on their faces.

We also said a goodbye to Zoe and Als who have been running our projects in Ecuador for a number of years and to Andy who has helped them over the last year. This was a big moment for Phoenix as we handed the running of the projects on the ground to local staff member Jaime, removing all foreigh staff from the project and taking a step closer to sustainability.

We celebrated this special day thanks to the generosity of you, our donor, who continues to support these wonderful children, thank you.

Children being rewarded for good grades
Children being rewarded for good grades
Playing games
Playing games
More games
More games

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Sep 10, 2013

Our teachers in Santa Maria, Guatemala!

Our three teachers in Santa Maria
Our three teachers in Santa Maria

In Santa Maria, thanks to you, we currently have three teachers working with the children Doreen, Santiago and Elvia. Both in the morning and afternoon our three teachers run classes to reinforce what the children are learning in their national school and helping them with their impossible homework!

Elvia has been working in the school for two years and supports the youngest of the children to learn their basic ABCs. Santiago has been the passion behind Santa Maria with Doreen since we opened our doors in 2004, running the projects and now focusing his energy on helping the older children with their homework. Doreen teaches the middle classes of varying levels, breaking them down into ability groups for their classes.

What our three wonderful teachers have in common is a passion for their work. Whether they are reciting the alphabet over and over again, cleaning a child's nose, comforting a child that has just grazed their knee and explaining how the universe works, you know they do it with all their passion and love, to help theie community and country. As Doreen says, "

They are lovely kids and it is amazing to see them everyday, trying to learn new things!".


Santa Maria celebrated a wonderful nine years of educating children a little while ago and that has been down to your long-term support as well, together we are constructing a future. Thank you.

 

 

School opens with our teachers ready!
School opens with our teachers ready!
Elvia and her class
Elvia and her class
Santiago and his class
Santiago and his class

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