Education & nutrition for 100 children in Ecuador

by Fly The Phoenix
Classroom at nearly 4000m
Classroom at nearly 4000m

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 Ecuador? 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 back up again in January 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.

The new school year which started in September has been going very well though we are in desperate need of good quality classroom materials as many of our stock is old. Better materials = better education!

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 classroom materials
Essential classroom materials

We are very excited to launch our 2016 Appeal today which aims to raise $5,000 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. The new school year starts in Ecuador in September and we plan to restock the whole school, which would be a fantastic effort!

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 5,000 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!

Plan Moo helping families and education
Plan Moo helping families and education

It has been a fantastic few months in Ecuador. Our local teacher paid immediate dividends with the average grades in the classes rising and the children lagging behind have mostly been brought up to speed. The school year has now finished and will restart in September.

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 Ecuador we have started Plan Moo (cows), Plan Pollo (chicken), Plan Cuy (guineas pigs) and Plan Huerto (vegetables). 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.

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. Plan Moo and Plan Cuy already help cover the education costs for many of the children and we plan to increase this over the coming year.

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.


End of the school year - back in September!
End of the school year - back in September!


Hiking Cuicocha for the Seven Continents
Hiking Cuicocha for the Seven 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 Cuicocha Lake. These plans will 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 school year is coming to an end in June so everyone is gearing up for final exams! Our local Phoenix teacher in the school has had a great first year in the centralized school and due to this success and the probablility that the government is going to cut their teachers from three to two we are planning on adding more Phoenix teachers to help in the classes. Our food and fruit programs have continued with great success especially as local crops have not produced as much as hoped. We are saving up to restock the school in September so as ever, donations to this page go a very longway!

Many thanks to you all and have a great May.


Daily Fruit
Daily Fruit
Food on the trail!
Food on the trail!


2nd grade
2nd grade

In Ecuador our school enters the second half of the school year. Donations depending we plan to add two more local teachers so at least every grade is covered. Our daily food program is proving critical as the climate has affected local crops. Thanks to sustainable income plans we have been implementing many more children are now entering secondary school and college which is fantastic news.

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
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Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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