Health
 Guatemala
Project #11973

Food & fruit for 1,000 children in Latin America

by Fly The Phoenix
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Daily Fruit in Peru
Daily Fruit in Peru

It has been a fantastic few months across the Phoenix Projects. Our local teachers, many of whom started teaching this year and who previously were students at our schools and who we helped through college, are settling well into their roles. The reinforcement teachers we pay for this year have paid immediate dividends with the average grades in the classes rising and the children lagging behind have mostly been brought up to speed.

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. Not only do these provide income for the schools’ running costs for years to come (including the daily food and fruit) 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.

Daily food and fruit is crucial - we monitor the weights and height of the children and there has been a definitive improvement in the children's BMI - it is by no means perfect and there is still a long way to go though we are on the right track. Hopefully we will be setting up school vegetable gardens, funds permitting, over the coming months to add a few more ingredients to the daily food program!

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.

Cheers

Plan Huerto - vegetables in the schools
Plan Huerto - vegetables in the schools

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Hiking Santa Maria, Guatemala - 7 Continents
Hiking Santa Maria, Guatemala - 7 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 across all our countries. The plans 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.

In Guatemala, the first exams were undertaken in the schools with some very good results. This year as part of the drama and dance classes, the children have been learning new types of dance and genre, including mambo, 70's disco, duranguense, merengue, salsa and of course continuining with the traditional folkloric style to marimba. An emotional Easter Semana Santa procession was held in Itzapa for many hours around the streets. Our various sustainable plans are coming along well with many families now involved in Plan Moo, Plan Pollo, Plan Huerto and Plan Negocio; please follow the link to find out more.

The new school year has got off to a great start in Perú and we purchased new materials including excercise books, text books, pens and other materials to see them through the year. First exams are due up in May and our Phoenix local teachers are confident! We have added more local teachers to help out in the school; they are our ex-students and in return we will pay them a small stipend to help them through University education.

In Ecuador, 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!

Finally in Honduras we have had a great few weeks with both Mother's and Father's Day celebrated in style with our Phoenix College students taking charge of the festivities. First exams have come and gone with success and our Phoenix local teachers in the primary, secondary and college are very happy with the progress. Plans are afoot to start new business models which we can involve our college students in so they have employment once they graduate so watch this space!

Many thanks for all your help and have a great May

Cheers

Digging a Plan Tilapia pool in one day - Honduras
Digging a Plan Tilapia pool in one day - Honduras
7 Continents Challenge in Ecuador
7 Continents Challenge in Ecuador
Hiking Sachaca in Peru for the 7 Continents
Hiking Sachaca in Peru for the 7 Continents
Quick snack on the road
Quick snack on the road

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Ecuador
Ecuador

With all our schools back underway for 2016 we will be continuing our daily food and fruit plans for all the children. For those of us who eat three meals a day with snacks in between we will never know what it is like to eat once a day and still have to concentrate in class. By providing daily fruit the children receive their essential vitamins and other food helps to fill the gap inside! This year we will also be planting fruit trees with the families so in the future, at least for some months each year, they will have their own fruit.

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 dom@thephoenixprojects.org

Hot breakfasts
Hot breakfasts
Daily fruit
Daily fruit

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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!

cheers

Daily Fruit
Daily Fruit

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.

 

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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.thephoenixprojects.org
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Guatemala
$11,698 raised of $35,000 goal
 
 
217 donations
$23,302 to go
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