Education & nutrition for 100 children in Ecuador

by Fly The Phoenix
Children learning
Children learning

We havn't stopped in our communities in Ecuador, with just two days off over Christmas, the children have been in school in both primary and secondary. Our funded teachers are doing especially well, imparting their knowledge to the little ones. Our secondary school kids are equally doing well, sponsored though further education through Plan Moo, whereby the income from milk helps cover the costs of their education.

This year, your very kind donations will be going towards the salaries of our local teachers who give classes to the children. We also pay a local teacher to give computing lessons. By investing in local talent, knowledge and qualified teachers, the projects become more sustainable as reliance from afar lessens over the years. Obviously donations are needed to pay for their salaries, though the very presence of local employment is a huge plus.

We will also be investing in Plan Moo (described above) and Plan Papa, which is investing in potato crops and local employment which moves towards our sustainability model; by investing in income-generating sustainable plans now, in the future income will be generated for the schools to help pay the monthly costs. Plan Ironwoman will continue to be invested in, which involves iron-rich vegetable and herb gardens for pre and post-natal mothers to counteract the sad effects of malnutrition.

Finally, we will also be running charity challenges in Ecuador, 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!


Children eating at school
Children eating at school


We would like to inform you about an exciting new development with this project in Ecuador. Over the past seven years, we have been promoting the basic human rights of full education, food and employment in communities in Ecuador 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 Ecuador 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 seven years promoting these rights in communities in Ecuador by supporting schools with one teacher in each and 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.

Kids in the Andes
Kids in the Andes

In our projects in Ecuador in 2012, both primary and secondary education have been a huge success, especially with Plan Moo, whereby we buy a cow for a family, and the proceeds pay for most of the costs incurred with secondary education. It has been a huge success, and funds-permitting, we plan to purchase a small herd over the coming months to satiate the need for further students moving to secondary school and also to help pay for our current local teachers we employ, thanks to donations.

We also hope to be able to feed all our children a hot meal each day, coupled with a piece of fruit, thanks to our on-going Christmas Appeal. The strides the children have made in their educational process this year have been long ones, and we strive to lengthen them even further in 2013; by employing more local teachers to cut-down the class to teacher ratio is a burden we must overcome.

Thanks to all our past, present and future donors, together, as a team, we can provide unequalled education for these communities over the coming months and years. Happy Holidays to you all.



The new school year is fully underway and soon to be coming into its second month! The new term has not been without some changes however; a new national schedule for the year has been implemented in Ecuador, with school terms being different lengths for this year. The team are busy adapting and coming to terms with it all!

We have also started employing local teachers for the 1st grade and computer classes, which is a great step forward! This could only have been done though the continuous support and generous funding from donors. These teachers will help show the children in the communities that good studies leads successfully to good employment, of which becoming a teacher is seen as a very good job! Having local staff will also foster strong communities and ensure the indigenous popluations are not swallowed up by development and ruralisation.

Thank you for continuing to support the communities in Ecuador

The school year has just come to a close, and even more children will be heading into secondary school for the first time, as well as those children who started previously continuing with their studies. If this was not possible, many would be working in the fields as their parents cannot afford schooling.  It is incredible to see the advances of this program for secondary education, giving the children the opportunities that they deserve, especially with Plan Moo, with the proceeds of the milk helping costs in a sustainable manner. We hope that over the years this school will continue to teach many children. It will be run and funded by local communities in the future, meaning that it will also foster strong communities and ensure the indigenous populations are not swallowed up by development and ruralisation – making sure that this project is sustainable is a priority. Luckily, with just a few generous donations this can become a reality.


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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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