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

More than just ABCs!

Preparing their English!
Preparing their English!

Hi there!

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!!

Lunch in a tourist restaurant
Lunch in a tourist restaurant

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Sep 10, 2013

Work experience can work wonders!

Folkloric dancing in Copan
Folkloric dancing in Copan

Hi there

This month in Honduras the focus is on our college kids in San Rafael and what a month it has been for them!

We the school gates opened this year, we had a record 69 students in the secondary school and college, traveling from nine different towns around Copán to come to our school, deemed one of the best schools in the region! Some of the kids travel over an hour to get to the school, that is how dedicated they are to getting a good education.

And it is worth the walk as this month they have been doing their work experience placements for college in businesses and organisations in Copán. The kids absolutely loved it and their temporary bosses were even more impressed, saying they were the hardest bunch of students they had ever worked with. Not only has this given the students an incredible confidence boost but it has also shown the business owners what these small town kids are made of! Some of them have even been offered a job where they did their placement, once they have completed their education of course!

If that wasn't enough excitement for one month, the students were also invited to take part in a traditional folkloric dance at the Maratón de la Merienda Escolar in Copán, showing off their skills in front of other schools and the public.

Finally, we are almost ready for our first crop of coffee from our sustainable plan in Honduras, Plan Café. The college kids (again!) took time out of their very busy schedule to learn about the different methods for Plan Café and to help prepare the land for the first harvest!

All those opportunities have been funded by donations from you and other generous people just like you who really are helping thes children have the best start in life. Thank you.

Walking into school
Walking into school
Preparing the land
Preparing the land

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Sep 10, 2013

Great grades for this semester

Studying hard!!!
Studying hard!!!

Hi there

Our project in has had some interesting activity over the last few weeks! 

Firstly, thanks to your continued support of the school, the children have studied for and taken some mid-year exams and the results have shown good promise. They showed particular strength in Maths and Lanaguages, maybe we have the next Issac Newton in our school!!

After such good results the students deserved a celebration and so we were able to use some of the wonderful donations we have recieved to celebrate Fiestas de la Patria and Day of Acheivement. For Fiestas de la Patria, the children prepared and carried out processions all around the community! For Day of the Achievement, the children got to show off all their hard work and achievements so far in this year. This is an incredibly important way to build their confidence by showing them how much they have achieved so far, it was a very proud day for everyone, seeing all the work the children have put in to studying.

Finally, some locals whom had had a few too many broke into our kitchen in the school to get a few hours of kip. Unfortunately, they caused a fire and burnt down the school kitchen, taking away the food programme from the children. Luckily, thanks to donations, we have been able to rebuild a simple structure and bought a new gas tank and the food programmes was restarted with little effect on the children.

As you can see, with your kindness, these children are studying hard and progressing really fast so thank you very much!

Preparing for the processions
Preparing for the processions

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