Education & food for 600 children in Guatemala

by Fly The Phoenix
Classroom materials
Classroom materials

Everyone here at Phoenix wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving this coming week. There is also another reason to be extremely thankful thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who have generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for the unprecedented Global Giving 50% matching day on Tuesday 29th November where donations of up to $1,000 per donor per organization will be matched by 50% whilst funds last. In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from 29th November through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

How would this help our program in Guatemala? As we are in the middle of our Classroom Materials Appeal for 2017 we can receive a massive boost to reach our target of supplying materials for all our classrooms so the children can receive the best education possible. By receiving the donations before term starts we can buy more in bulk, getting more bang for our "matched"-buck! With each child having what is needed and not going short, their education, and the work by the local teachers, will be imprived dramatically. 

Every donation always helps us to help them, so please do dig deep this coming Tuesday 29th November and help us match their futures with the same generosity shown by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with Global Giving.

Thank you


Essential school materials
Essential school materials

We are very excited to launch our 2016 Appeal today which aims to raise $7.500 for classroom materials in our schools for the rest of 2016 and the whole of 2017. Each $20 donated to this page is the equivalent of one child’s classroom materials needs for the school year. $500 will stock an average classroom size of 25 students.

As an additional bonus, for every $1 donated we will also plant one tree so with your help, all the classrooms will have the materials needed for the whole school year and 7,500 trees will be planted. Paper comes from trees and we use a lot of paper so this is our way of putting something back!

All Phoenix schools are free. However to empower the parents we ask that they supply the basics for their children which include notebooks and pencils so that they feel part of their child’s education process (our family sustainable plans help with these costs).

Phoenix covers all other costs including textbooks, art materials, exam papers and results sheets, educational games, extra notebooks, photocopies, teaching aids and materials, whiteboards, desks and chairs when necessary as well as classroom decoration and painting. The list is long though essential so please dig deep and donate to this page!

Thank you and cheers!

Itzapa local teachers
Itzapa local teachers

It has been a fantastic few months in Guatemala. Our local teachers, many of whom started teaching this year and who previously were students at our schools and who we helped through college, are settling well into their roles. The reinforcement teachers we pay for this year have paid immediate dividends with the average grades in the classes rising and the children lagging behind have mostly been brought up to speed.

One of the areas we have been focusing on this year across The Phoenix Projects is the implementation of sustainable plans, including cows, chickens, weaving, fish and small businesses. Here in Guatemala we have started Plan Moo (cows), Plan Pollo (chickens) and Plan Corte (weaving). Not only do these provide income for the schools’ running costs for years to come they also provide much needed employment in the communities as income from the plans is reinvested into future plans and also shared between the families and the school. We employ almost 60 people full-time directly across Phoenix and the plans increase this number to almost 200 which is phenomenal for the local economy and obviously the families as they now can provide for their families with an over-riding pride that they did it for themselves.

Over the next three months we look forward to Independence Day in September and the final exams towards the end of October and the final graduations from 6th grade. Our aim, funds permitting, is to set up each of our graduates with a small business sustainable plan which will help them cover costs of secondary school and college in the future.

Thank you all for your generous support in the past and hopefully in the future – all your donations are helping to build a fantastic and sustainable future for the communities in which we work.


Plan Moo helping families
Plan Moo helping families


The children hiking for the 7 Continents
The children hiking for the 7 Continents

On 30th April the children and the local teachers took part in the second Phoenix Seven Continents Charity Challenge to raise funds for local sustainable income plans by hiking around Santa María. 5,000 trees will also be planted around Itzapa in one day once the rains start. Volcano Acatenango was also summitted.  The plans not only provide income for local families to be able to help with their children’s further education costs, including college and university, though also to help sustainably cover our schools’ costs including local teachers salaries, daily food and fruit, school materials etc. This month, to get our Global Giving friends involved in the Seven Continent Charity Challenge, we would like to put all donations to this page towards sustainable income plans. A warm thanks in advance.

The first exams were undertaken in the schools with some very good results. This year as part of the drama and dance classes, the children have been learning new types of dance and genre, including mambo, 70's disco, duranguense, merengue, salsa and of course continuining with the traditional folkloric style to marimba. An emotional Easter Semana Santa procession was held in Itzapa for many hours around the streets.

Our various sustainable plans are coming along well with many families now involved in Plan Moo, Plan Pollo, Plan Huerto and Plan Negocio; please follow the link to find out more.

Many thanks and have a great May.


Acatenango Volcano
Acatenango Volcano
Different local dances
Different local dances
Semana Santa
Semana Santa


In Guatemala both Itzapa and Santa María opened their doors to the new school year. In Itzapa due to increased numbers of children we had to open a second 1st grade class, build a new classroom and take on a new teacher and assistant. We have also increased numbers of children in Santa María especially older children who have never been to school. In total, including children who have graduated from our school and are now in secondary school and college thanks to sustainable income plans we are implementing the number of children and teenagers in education this year will be around 600. In total we will be employing 20 local teachers, most of whom were once our students who we helped through their education.

Due to the huge success of our inaugural Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge in 2015 we will be repeating it on Saturday 30th April. This year we will be asking that all funds raised will go towards implementing a sustainable plan of your choice so please do have a look at the link below for different targets from as little as $150 and also more information on challenges that are already in the pipeline which so far include the London Bridges Challenge (25km and 16 bridges) and the Wharfdale 3 Peaks in England; events in Boston and Austin in the US; climbing Acatenango volcano in Guatemala; painting the whole school inside and out in Honduras and hikes in both Ecuador and Perú. If you want to get involved, please do contact us on



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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$62,607 raised of $75,000 goal
769 donations
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