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

Goodbye to Alexis Arguello

Goodbye Alexis Arguello!
Goodbye Alexis Arguello!

Hi there!

This month we achieved something huge in Nicaragua!

When we started our projects in Nicaragua we started them in two brand new villages that were completely unrecognised by the Government. The communities were living in tents made out of a plastic sheeting and a tree branch holding it up and being unrecognised, did not have any facilities, health support or, of course, education.

Whilst the communties fought to be recognised by the Government and get help we sought donations from generous donors like yourself and set up two schools, first in La Thompson and then in Alexis Arguello. The schools supported the children of the communities and the children thrived in the schools. Over time, the Governent started to recognised the communties and put in previsions for support.

As you know, our ultimate aim for the projects is sustainability and earlier this year we approached the Ministry of Education in Nicaragua to see if they would like to take our school, make it a national school and continue providing the education in the village. They agreed and in August they have taken over the costs of Alexis Arguello, making it sustainable and helping us reach our goal!

So, as our supporters, you have seen a community go from no education, to having a full, narional school, providing top notch official education. We started with nothing but with your support we have, built classrooms, a kitchen, provided teachers and educated a community. Now, the Government will continue that, using our teachers and keeping our students learning! What a success!

We are continuing with our school in La Thompson and of course need continued donations to help that school become sustainable too. Thank you so much for helping us achieve this.

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Sep 10, 2013

Free education for all!

Walking to secondary school and college
Walking to secondary school and college

Hi there

Here at Phoenix we love educating children, and we love it when more and more children want to be educated!

Thanks to initial and continuing donations, we opened and run our secondary school and college in 2008 in Honduras because the children in San Rafael, the village where we work, had to walk for at least an hour, if not more, up and down mountains in high temperatures just to get to the nearest high school and college in Copan. With costs and the long journeys for many children, it just wasn't possible.

When we opened our secondary school and college, we invited children from San Rafael to join and as we started to work in Barbasco, we also invited those children to come as well. As it grew and the children started to talk about it and their amazing results, word started to spread and other children wanted to join our school. We won't turn a child away if we can help so we happily accepted more and more children into the secondary school and college.

As the school gates reopened this year, we have 69 students attending the school coming in from nine rural communities around San Rafael including Barbasco, La Pintada, San Isidro, Boca del Monte, El Bonete, Miramar and Pueblo Viejo. What is more exciting is that children attending schools and colleges an hour away in Copan now trek up the mountains to come to our school!

The results speak for themselves, we have an incredibly strong team of teachers teaching 16 subjects and we have dedicated students working hard everyday. Imagine if all the children in your town, and the eight surrounding towns came in to go to one school, it would never happen huh, but here, good education is valued by all and they will walk for a long time to find it!

Thank you for making this possible.

Sarah

Learning about growing and picking coffee
Learning about growing and picking coffee
Studying hard!!!
Studying hard!!!

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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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