Project #1768

Education & nutrition for 60 children in Peru

by Fly The Phoenix

As ever the first month of 2016 is summer school in Perú and our numbers doubled from 2015. Results have shown that our teaching has prepared the children graduating from 6th grade so well that they are in the top 5% percentile entering secondary education. We teach them more in each subject than is required by the Ministry of Education and it is proving to be hugely successful. Donations permitting we plan to take on three assistant teachers this year, all of whom were our ex-students and also purchase more educational materials and games.

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


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 Perú. Each year we aim to spend over $30,000 on food and fruit programs in 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!


Day of the Student
Day of the Student

We recently celebrated Day of the Student in our school. Lots of food, games, dance and a clown made the day very special for all our children. Work has begun on the vegetable garden which is a challenge in itself due to the rocky and sandy nature of the terrain in the desert. We have managed to provide lots of new learning materials for the children, including text books. Plenty to look forward to in the next few months and we'll keep you posted!

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.

The school vegetable garden
The school vegetable garden
Text books
Text books
Daily fruit
Daily fruit
Seven Continent Charity Challenge
Seven Continent Charity Challenge

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 run our education program here in Perú. We added another teacher assistant this month as we strive to cover each grade with a teacher. Work is beginning on our vegetable gardens to try and sustain a basic food program and the children and the community recently took part in the Seven Continent Charity Challenge, walking around the community and the desert where they live.

Thank you for your support thus far and thank you now for helping us build a better future.

Where the children live
Where the children live
Traditional folkloric dance
Traditional folkloric dance

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. In Perú our local teachers, students and families will be hiking around Sachaca. Please sponsor the communities as we strive to move towards sustainability over the next few years by donating to this page.

A fantastic few months have flown by in Perú with the Maldonado Anniversay taking centre stage with folkloric dances (brilliantly choreographed by our local dance teacher) as well as celebrating Mother's Day. Local folkloric dance is so important to keep alive and the kids love to get involved, keeping the stories of their ancestors vibrant in the present day. Our new local assistant teacher and ex-student Elizabeth has settled in very well, teaching 1st and 2nd grade and we will be welcoming another ex-student to our teaching ranks this month. Both will receive a monthly salary and help towards their university fees.

Thank you all for your support and please do sponsor the community as they take on their hike on 6th June. Cheers

Traditional folkloric dance with a tree!
Traditional folkloric dance with a tree!
Last minute tips from our local dance teacher
Last minute tips from our local dance teacher
One of our local teachers, Ediluz
One of our local teachers, Ediluz
Mother's Day gifts
New teacher assistant Elizabeth
New teacher assistant Elizabeth

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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$35,266 raised of $50,000 goal
605 donations
$14,734 to go
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