Education & food for 600 children in Guatemala

by Fly The Phoenix

I hope all is well with you. We are proud to have launched our Food and Fruit Appeal for 2016 which will be raising money for our daily food and fruit programs in Guatemala. Each year we aim to spend over $30,000 on food and fruit programs across Latin America so the more we can raise this Thanksgiving the more we can guarantee in 2016.

For every $40 donated one child will receive their daily food and fruit for the school year and we will also plant a fruit tree to help sustain the program for years to come in their own homes. To put this into perspective around 50% of wasted food in the Western world comes from the home with households throwing out hundreds of millions of tons of food and drink each year. Domestic food waste can cost the average household around $1,000 a year – we could feed 25 children and plant 25 fruit trees to sustain the program for that amount!

This year our food and fruit program that you have kindly donated towards in the past has had such an impact on the children with their BMI’s gradually rising from alarming and dangerous levels. Whilst still in the bottom percentiles, each year we are improving the situation with your help.

It would be so great to be able to guarantee our Food and Fruit program for 2016 so anything you can donate this Thanksgiving to this page would be gratefully received – and not a crumb wasted!

cheers

The Itzapa band hits the streets
The Itzapa band hits the streets

September is all about Independence Day in Guatemala. Our Itzapa school band played for hours through the streets in front of thousands of people keepíng up a good quick beat and bringing smiles to the hundreds who lined the streets. They have been practising for months and it all paid off. In Santa María traditional symbols were remembered in art classes. Both schools are coming to the end of the school year next month so plenty of preparation for the final exams!

This year’s Annual Appeal is dedicated to our daily food and fruit program with the aim to provide now and sustainably in the future: how? For every $25 donated to this page one child will receive the daily food and fruit we provide each year and we will also plant a fruit tree which will continue giving in the future. Many thanks for your donations in advance and together we can sustain daily food for the children.

The school band draws smiles from the community
The school band draws smiles from the community
Traditional Guatemalan symbols
Traditional Guatemalan symbols
Planting trees
Planting trees

On Wednesday July 15th, Global Giving will match donations made through this page up to $1,000 per donor based on the organization’s Partner Rewards level: as we are Superstars we get 50% extra per donation, whilst available funds last!. There is $115,000 available in matching funds and GlobalGiving are offering a $1,000 bonus award for the project with most individual donors and a $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. Matching begins at 9:00:01 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT.

Your donations allow us to continue to provide pre-school and primary education here in Guatemala. We recently planted over 25,000 trees around Itzapa and the excellent 2nd exam results were handed out. Santa María is finally just a Ministry of Education signature away from being official for 2016. We have started to increase Plan Pollo in both communities which should benefit over 150 families by the end of the year with increased income and employment. 

Thank you for your support thus far and thank you now for helping us build a better future.

cheers

Happy classes
Happy classes
Excellent first exam results
Excellent first exam results

As part of the Fly The Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge on Saturday 6th June, the communities themselves will be undertaking events to raise awareness and funds. In Guatemala our local teachers, students and families will be planting 5,000 trees and hiking around the communities. Please sponsor the communities as we strive to move towards sustainability over the next few years by donating to this page.

Impressive first-of-the-year exam results in Itzapa were handed out to the mothers in April with the next round of exams being undertaken as I write this report! Our local teachers have been tremendous, mostly all ex-students from years back. It is so nice to see the children being treated as equals. Mother's Day was excellent in both Santa María and Itzapa with plenty of folkloric dance. Our daily breakfast and fruit program continues with great success. We also held a meeting with the mothers of our graduating students to explain our proposed plan to help generate family income to pay for further education costs with chickens which we will provide - this was met with resounding happiness and enthusiasm.

During June we plan to plant 29,000 from our tree-nursery (5,000 on 6th June). The families of the children in the school will be given as many as they need to plant around their fields to form wind-breaks and avoid soil erosion.

Thank you all for your support and please do sponsor the community as they take on their hike on 6th June. Cheers

5,000 trees to be planted on 6th June
5,000 trees to be planted on 6th June
Mother
Mother's Day fun
Folkloric traditional dance
Folkloric traditional dance
Daily Fruit
Daily Fruit
Explaining Plan Pollo to the mums
Explaining Plan Pollo to the mums
Local teachers
Local teachers

Both our schools in Guatemala have started the year really well. We now employ twenty local teachers, most of whom were our ex-students we have helped through teaching college - full circle! As ever the daily fruit and breakfasts are provided. New toilets have been built in Itzapa and we plan to start on a new covered area in Santa Maria. The paperwork is underway to formally legalize Santa María as an official school, like Itzapa four years ago. Hundreds of families benefit from our schools and with the sustainable income plans we are putting in this year we hope to secure family income to allow the children to continue on to secondary school, college and university. So much to get excited about in the coming months and we will keep you up to date with all the goings-on!

Thank you to all our donors who continually help to make this happen and who will make this happen in the future. Remember that on 6th June we are undertaking The Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge, where you can undertake any fundraising event at home, knowing that fundraisers are being held on the same day around the world. Please do get involved and use this page as your fundraising page - every cent counts!. For more information click here

Thank you and have a great March! 

Daily Fruit
Daily Fruit
Carnaval
Carnaval
Lining up to be weighed and measured
Lining up to be weighed and measured
Classes
Classes

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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.thephoenixprojects.org
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$49,238 raised of $75,000 goal
 
614 donations
$25,762 to go
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