Education & food for 600 children in Guatemala

by Fly The Phoenix
Charity challenge in Guatemala
Charity challenge in Guatemala

2013 is upon us, quicker I think than we all imagined, although not quick enough for the kids, eager for the new term to start on Monday. Itzapa moves into its second year as a legalised official school and Santa María paperwork is in for 2014, as well as secondary school in Itzapa. Our exam results from 2012 were incredible, with many children earning in the high nineties across the board of language, math, sciences and sport.

This year, your very kind donations will be going towards the salaries of our 12 local teachers. They will also go towards all the necessary utensils, materials and running costs of our schools, including fresh water to drink. We will also be investing in Plan Arveja China (green beans) and Plan Moo (milking cows), which moves towards our sustainability model, by investing in income-generating sustainable plans, including agriculture and livestock, which in the future, will bring in income for the schools.

Finally, we will also be running various charity challenges in Guatemala, so if you want to come down, see where your money is going, lend a hand and get involved in a charity challenge, please do email us on and have a look at the website on

Many thanks for making 2013 a special year, in the past, present and indeed future!


Local teachers
Local teachers
Sustainable Plans
Sustainable Plans


We would like to inform you about an exciting new development with this project in Guatemala. Over the past ten years, we have been promoting the basic human rights of full education, food and employment in communities in Guatemala by supporting schools with one teacher in each and investing in secondary education. This project, in conjunction with others in Latin America, was known as the GVI Phoenix projects.

Funds have been raised through the GVI Charitable Trust to cover project costs, which includes daily food and fruit, local salaries, educational utensils and construction work. Global Vision International (GVI) volunteers were also used to help with teaching in these schools.

From 2013, these Phoenix Projects will be running independently as a new charity, Fly The Phoenix. If you wish to make future donations, please do continue to do so through this GlobalGiving page and have a look at the Fly the Phoenix website - We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the communities in Guatemala through the GVI Charitable Trust, we really cannot thank you enough for your generosity. We wish Fly the Phoenix all the best in the future.

The Phoenix Projects believe that full education, food and employment are basic human rights, and have spent the past ten years promoting these rights in communities in Guatemala by building their own schools and hiring local teachers whilst also investing in secondary education.

During this time, Global Vision International (GVI) volunteers were used to help with the teaching aspect for The Phoenix Projects, who themselves raised funds through the GVI Charitable Trust to cover project costs, which includes daily food and fruit, local salaries, educational utensils and construction work.

From 2013, since The Phoenix Projects have set up their own charity, Fly The Phoenix, donations will be channelled to this charity and not the GVI Charitable Trust. We would like to take this opportunity to thank GVI and the GVI Charitable Trust.


During 2012, all our children that we gave secondary education scholarships to passed the year and will advance to the next level in 2013. We will hand out the next round of scholarships in January 2013 for the whole year, which will cover many items they need to complete the whole year.

Although more exciting than that, we are currently in the midst of paperwork to legalise our very own secondary school, whereby we will pay for our own teachers to give the secondary classes to the children, without them having to go to another school. By paying for teachers, we can reachout to even more children desperate to further their education and thanks to donors, past present and future, we can raise the funds necessary to cover teacher salaries in years to come.

Many thanks for all your support, please get involved in our Christmas Appeal, and bring on 2013, a great year for everyone



We are now drawing to the end of this year's offical cycle, with the children finishing off their final exams. The preliminary results look incredible with many marks in the high 80´s and 90´s which is amazing! This year has been a landmark year, as we move from volunteer-led teaching, to the hiring of local teachers, most of whom came through the ranks in our school over the past ten years, which just shows how well the education program is progressing, and becoming sustainable which is our overall aim! With the school now fully official in Itzapa and plans to make Santa María official in 2014, the future is looking very bright for the children in Guatemala.

Thank you once again to all of your generous donations which help us to make these fantastic differences, you can clearly see what a difference they are making to the lives of these children when they are young, providing them with the education & ability to come back to teach in the schools when they have grown up!

This month in our San Andres Itzapa Community we took a break from school for the day and headed off into the countryside for a day of tree planting. GVI’s in-field partners, The Phoenix Projects, run a reforestation program in conjunction with a Stove Construction Project where GVI volunteers build an energy-efficient stove for a family.  Without stoves the majority of families in the communities cook on open fires, burning large amounts of wood and clearing substantial areas of trees on a regular basis. Once a month all the children, staff and volunteers head off armed with tools and armfuls of tree seedlings for tree planting day; making an effort to counteract the negative impact deforestation has on the local environment.

Living conditions for the children who attend our school are basic; often a communal living space with an open fire for cooking. Not only is this dangerous with children living and playing near the open fire but it fills the living area with toxic smoke. The stoves that a GVI volunteer can build in just a week are fitted with a chimney to rid the indoor living area of smoke which in turn increases life expectancy as well as cutting fuel consumption by a considerable amount.

About 75% of the Guatemalan population burn wood as fuel for cooking and heating which contributes to more than 1620 Km of deforestation in Guatemala each year (AIR, Alliance for International reforestation). The knock on effect of this leads to problems with water supply, soil erosion, reduction in air quality and also depletes the natural supply of nutrients in the soil which, as farmers, most of our families rely on for source of food and income.

As well as reforestation Phoenix Project’s goal is to build a stove for each family of the 600 children that attend the two schools in Guatemala.

In addition to planting a considerable amount of trees on the day it was a great opportunity for our volunteers to see more of the local community and town where they work. Most of our pupils are already expert tree planters with knowledge of the local tree species so were able to teach the staff and volunteers a thing or two!

In the United Nations Development Programme’s 2011 Human Development Index (a worldwide measure of life expectancy, education and living standards) Guatemala ranked 131 out of 187.  The poverty is mainly concentrated among the indigenous communities who live in rural areas such as San Andreas Itzapa and Santa Maria where The Phoenix Projects are based.


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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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