This month in Ecuador we focused on nutrition for the children and their families.
Plan Papas is our new pilot project with a goal is harvest enough potatoes to create a revenue stream to pay for the nutrition programme at Muenala. The community is busy preparing their land ready for seeding over the next two weeks.
Plan Iron Woman has been a success so far with the vegetables being enjoyed at school by the children and at home by the mums. We are even providing some starter recipes to encourage different uses of spinach, onions and peas! The mums are also pooling their earned funds from some of the vegetable to buy the more seeds for the garden.
Finally, in Muenala we have planted our vegetable patch this week using homegrown compost to give the veggies the best chance at survival! This will complement the healthy spinach, chard and peas coming from Plan Iron Woman and of course our school nutrition program. And are making small but substantial steps forward for Phoenix. Nutritional plans are absolutely vital for the development of the children and their families and their ability to absorb an education in the classroom.Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can keep improving the livelihoods of these communities!
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As we come close to US Mother's Day on May 12, we are focusing on supporting our Moms in Ecuador!
This month, across Latin America in our projects we have gone Mom crazy! Ecuador shares its Mother's Day with the US and in Ecuador they have been spending more time focusing on our Moms in the projects. Plan Ironwoman continues to be a huge success, so much so we have started it in our projects in Guatemala as well.
In Ecuador we have planted Iron-rich vegetables which are known to be the best veggies to help pre-natal nutrition for Mom and baby. The Moms in the village tend to the vegetables and when they are ready they are distributed to the families for the Moms and babies. The project has become such a success we now have a surplus of vegetables and so the Moms bring them into the school to supplement the children's diet at school too. This plan is running really well and as a pilot scheme is becoming hugely significant in the families health.
We are part of Global Giving's Mother's Day campaign this year, celebrating Moms in the US and Ecuador through one gift. If you would like to support Mom's in Ecuador, whilst gifting your Mom a handmade scarf and set of worry dolls then please take a look at our gift:
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In the last week of February, the Larcacunga community in Ecuador enjoyed a field trip to the four lakes in the area, looking closer at nature. We helped cover the costs and invited the whole community to join them, some who may never have had the opportunity to see lakes and certainly go on a boat!
In Muenala we had the first community project with each student bringing in their own ornamental flower to plant along the entrance of the school in recycled pots. They also constructed a bird sanctuary with houses and feeders to encourage birds to join us in the school.
And the 1st of February was a special day, uniting all three communities in the Kichwa wedding of Zoe and Alan, our project leaders, our fist Phoenix community wedding!!
Look out for our next report on Wednesday morning, with our exciting announcement and plans for 2013 in Guatemala!
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2013 is a big year for our projects in Ecuador as the Government is trying to unite schools to make communities support each other better. Our communities will be uniting with other local schools and we of course will be going with them, continuing our education and nutrition program.
We have started making our own abono (fertilizer) for our school vegetable garden for the children to learn from and the community to benefit from. The kids and communities are working hard together to make it work.
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School has been continuing as normal in 2013, and currently on a 2 week break after mid-term exams in all our communities. Thanks to our local teachers, including those sponsored by generous donations present and future, the results should be good!
This February, The Phoenix Projects and our charity Fly The Phoenix are launching Corporate February, where we are aiming to create partnerships with the Corporate Social Responsibility programs of large and small businesses, so we can work together for the future of all our projects in Latin America.
Business can play a huge role in educating children and supporting communities and we would love to expand our portfolio of like-minded companies working with us to achieve our longterm goals of sustainable education in marginalised communities in Latin America.
If you, family and friends are part of any business who would like to get involved, please do donate, and share the link of our program for Ecuador. Even a phonecall to your manager or Head Office can make all the difference!
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