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, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú. 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!
Our daily food and fruit programs in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú have proven to be essential for the children's daily intake of vitamins and simply having soething in their stomachs to enable better learning. We have seen weight increases and their BMI's, whilst still in the malnourished zone, have improved over the year. This program must continue and become sustainable in the future.
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 $30 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.
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 daily food and fruit here in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú. As we strive to sustainably provide food and fruit in the future, many sustainable plans are already underway, including chickens, milk and vegetables in various countries. We plan to add fruit trees to our portfolio later in the year which will be handed out to families so they themselves can harvest each year.
Thank you for your support thus far and thank you now for helping us build a better future.
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. Please sponsor the communities as we strive to move towards sustainability over the next few years by donating to this page.
Our daily food and fruit programs continue at pace across our projects in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú. We have also started to implement sustainable family income plans which can provide extra food including milk, eggs, vegetables and meat. With harvests continually being ruined by changes in the climate and the uncertainty of whether they will produce at all, having daily family mini-businesses they can resort to is a major bonus for all our families. The more funds we receive, the more of these plans we can introduce.
Thank you all for your support and please do sponsor the community as they take on their hike on 6th June. Cheers
2015 has got off to a great start with our daily food and fruit programs in all the countries. In Guatemala we provide fruit and hot breakfasts which comprise of a hot maíz-based drink acompanied with bread. In Honduras we have fruit and a daily hot meal, similarly in Nicaragua. In Ecuador the childre receive bread and fruit whilst in Perú we have fruit. We hope to expand the food programs during the year although as ever they are reliant on sustainable donations. All our children are within the lower percentiles in the BMI though being able to at least provide something daily, often the only meal of the day, is a start!
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.
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