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Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America

by Fly The Phoenix
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America
Ecuador parents discussing reforestation
Ecuador parents discussing reforestation

I hope all is well and you are staying as safe as you can during these testing times. Whilst Latin America has so far not been affected as badly as other continents the governments are taking no chances and have implemented severe travel restrictions, school closures and isolation policies. All our projects are currently closed.

None of our communities have been affected by Covid 19 and they are taking all the precautions they can, though lack of running water is an obvious issue. For example in Perú the families normally only receive water from 5am to 7am to store in buckets for the rest of the day although this has always been inconsistent week by week.

In Honduras the college students, as part of their course, received training in Covid 19 information and were due to make presentations to thirty rural schools in various communities though the government have since implemented a complete shutdown. These presentations will now be made once these rules are relaxed and it is considered safe to do so. As part of our Ecuador charity challenge we will be reforesting 1,000 trees around Tabla Chupa, the natural spring which is the source of water for many families in the region.

Water has always been an issue where we work. Previously we installed water-storage systems in Guatemala and Perú and we will be implementing a program of rain-collection tanks in all our communities to store water for the dry seasons in the future which will help families and irrigation for our Sustainable Plan Huertos.

The projects will continue in the future

During times like these we understand that charitable donations are generally nudged lower down in household budgets as belts are tightened to prepare for an uncertain immediate future.

Thanks to many of you over the past twenty years, which have themselves been extremely turbulent at times, we have been able to continue to highlight the plight of the communities where we work and we have been able to do something about it sustainably through thick and thin. Now is no different.

No matter what happens over the next few weeks and months, we will strive to continue our work as best we can with all the resources available to us during this time and for years to come.

Little By Little Campaign

For all our US donors, GlobalGiving will be matching all individual donations up to $50 by 50% between Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March which is brilliant news and will definitely help us through the next few weeks and months if you can donate, no matter how small.

To put this into examples, a donation of just $5 would be $7.50 for two weeks of gas for school meals.

A donation of $10 would be $15 for one month of classroom materials.

A donation of $20 would be $30 for one month of fruit for a class of children.

A donation of $30 would be $45 for a traditional celebration with food in a school.

A donation of $40 would be $60 for a small sustainable income vegetable garden plan for a family for years to come.

A donation of $50 would be $75 for one week’s salary for a local graduate teacher in charge of between 20 and 30 students.

We as Phoenix will also be matching our reforestation program of planting one tree per $10 donated in our effort to help offset the problems of deforestation and the effects of climate change as trees help reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So every $10 donated this week means two trees planted. Brilliant!

If you can, please help our communities in Honduras, Ecuador, Perú and Guatemala make the most of this fantastic opportunity and donate whatever you can this week – as you can see, it makes more than a difference and we get much more bang for your buck. Please also feel free to share this link with friends, work colleagues and family!

At this stage we will be undertaking our charity challenges in Perú and Ecuador in May and June still, which obviously depends on advice from local and international authorities (and not social media!).

Many thanks for anything you can donate and please take care.

Cheers

Covid 19 training in Honduras
Covid 19 training in Honduras
Water shortages
Water shortages
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Traditional dance in Ecuador
Traditional dance in Ecuador

With 2020 well into it’s second month we want to share with you our plans for the coming year.

In Guatemala we are initiating new projects with single teen mothers (more below) with small business initiatives to help them to continue with their education, giving University scholarships for recently-graduated female teachers and help in overcrowded classrooms, scholarships for secondary school and college students and medical checks for the elderly and sustainable income plans.  

We started our new projects with teenage single mothers and Plan Corte sustainable plan where we purchased five sewing machines so they can learn new skills and generate extra income. We are also paying for secondary school and college scholarships for teenagers who can’t afford further education. Depending on donations we aim to help between 600-1000 students over the coming years as well as purchase new sewing machines to involve more teenage mothers. If this trial is successful we hope to duplicate the program in other areas of Guatemala.  

In Honduras we plan to undertake an ambitious sustainable income plan implementation program in various communities for the local families to increase their personal income whilst helping with costs in the schools. There is also more construction and maintenance of classrooms in the pipeline. Paperwork has also been started to add agricultural studies to the curriculum in 2021.

We started the year adding one more local Phoenix college teacher, bringing the total to nine Phoenix teachers. We also supplied text/workbooks for all the students in the primary, secondary and college as well as classroom materials thanks to the 2020 Appeal. In December last year, Girl Power was represented at the Phoenix College Graduation as all the graduates were girls! See below a photo of Norma, who was one of our first graduates from the Phoenix College and now works with us as a teacher, handing over the diploma to one of her own graduates – full-circle!  

We hope to restart the food program for the children in Ecuador with more investment in Plan Huerto (vegetable gardens) and Plan Pollo (chickens). We will also be implementing sustainable plans for the local families and adding another local teacher for the start of the new school year in September bringing the total to five Phoenix teachers and of course the Charity Challenge in June. 

The third set of exams are upon us and to celebrate them the children from 4th to 7th grade will head out for a day at Peguche waterfall. Phoenix teacher David has also been teaching 6th grade intricate weaving techniques. We have started a Plan Pollo as part of the children’s food at the school. At the end of 2019 we once again celebrated the community Christmas party for the youngest to the oldest with plenty of food and traditional dance as well as treating our local teachers to an end of year meal.

Finally in Perú, we hope to add another local teacher whilst covering their University costs, investigate potential sustainable plans, construction in the school including fencing off the area for security and our Inca Trail Charity Challenge in May.

At the end of 2019 fifty-two children and parents headed out for the annual Phoenix beach trip this month to celebrate the end of the school year. For many it is the first time they have seen so much water as they live in the desert outside of Arequipa with very little water. A successful Summer School followed in January which concentrated on going over maths and language as well as planting some trees in the community. The school returns for the start of the new year in March.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far to our 2020 Appeal. We are just $3,500 and 250 trees short of our target of 10% of our budget for 2020 so if you still wanted to donate, please do so by donating to this page.

 

The teams are building for our Charity Challenges in Perú and Ecuador in May and June 2020. Whilst our Inca Trail challenge is now full we will be opening up a tandem group via Salkantay to reach Machu Picchu on the same day. For those of you wondering what to do in 2021, we will be taking on one of our hardest challenges yet, Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador (which includes some glacier training!) in February and also the Inca Trail once again in May. Please do contact us by following the link to the Challenges below if you want to get involved in any of these events in 2020 or 2021 and help us reach our goals for the decade.

 

Have a great February and we will keep you updated in a couple of months!

 

Cheers

Girl Power in Honduras
Girl Power in Honduras
Norma full-circle
Norma full-circle
Beach Trip in Peru
Beach Trip in Peru
Reforestation in Peru
Reforestation in Peru
Scholarships in Guatemala
Scholarships in Guatemala

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School gets underway in Ecuador
School gets underway in Ecuador

The school year in Guatemala came to an end in October with very encouraging results from all the grades. We are preparing to use our experience we have gained over the last two decades to expand our operations in other communities in Guatemala to bring more graduate teachers into the classrooms whilst paying for their University costs. This is so important not just for the children in the primary schools who often have to share their teacher with two other grades, though will also show them what is possible, as these graduate teachers live in the same community can come from the same background.

We will also be setting up small businesses for teenage single mothers who can learn new skills and receive income so they can pay for their further studies which they had to leave behind once they became pregnant and, due to being single, are the only earners in the household.

The graduations from our Phoenix College in Honduras next month will be a “first” for a very important reason: all the graduates are girls! All our recent graduations over the years have been mixed though this year, after six years since this group started with us, they are all now graduating, which is a brilliant example of giving girls the same rights and opportunities as boys!

This will also be the end of our first year in our satellite Phoenix secondary school high up in the hills which has allowed students very rural communities to receive further education when before they couldn’t due to the long distances to travel each day. It has been a huge success and we will be adding another grade in 2020.

The college band once again wowed the crowds in Independence Day with more instruments that we purchased this year and we celebrated Day of the Child in La Pintada with food, games and of course piñatas!

In Ecuador the new school year got underway with the traditional ceremony of flowers and gifts with the parents and the students. The head of education of the area was in attendance. Work continued installing piping into the school for fresh water and the community got together for a minga to prepare a new playground for the children.

Due to the potential increased transport costs following the Government’s decision to cancel fuel subsidies we have set up a monthly fund for all the teachers so they will be able to travel each day up into the mountains where we work. At time of writing this still hasn’t come into action so this fund will go towards a food program for the children. 

We celebrated our 13th Anniversary in Perú recently with lots of traditional dance, food and games. Edyluz, our longest serving teacher since 2006, once again was the start of the show. Our aims for 2020 are to increase the numbers of local teachers in the school as the current ratio is just one teacher per three grades. Thanks to your donations we can achieve this.

As part of the the curriculum the importance of personal hygiene and prevention of illnesses was taught at the school. Most families don’t have running water and the school itself gets water twice a week. The lack of water means the families have to make the most of what they have.

On 3rd December Global Giving will be adding bonuses to all donations whilst funds last as part of their #GivingTuesday campaign so if you can donate, please donate early and thank you very much in advance! All donations made will go towards our Christmas Appeal which aims to raise $15,000 towards our local teachers’ salaries and University scholarships, sustainable income plans for local families, fruit and food, school materials and celebrations during 2020.

We will also be planting one tree for every $15 donated in our effort to help offset the problems of deforestation and the effects of climate change as trees help reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Thank you so much for any donation you can make to the Appeal and 2020 and all the best for the upcoming festive season!

13th Anniversary in Peru
13th Anniversary in Peru
Independence Day in Honduras
Independence Day in Honduras
Full circle in Guatemala
Full circle in Guatemala
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Inti Raymi in Ecuador
Inti Raymi in Ecuador

 

As part of their final year in Honduras, our college students make regular visits to local rural communities to give talks over a range of subjects including health, nutrition and the effects of climate change – this is the 4th year in a row the crops have failed. They not only impart useful information it also helps them get used to speaking in public. They must also teach in the local primary schools, providing important individual attention and reducing the class/teacher ratios, as well as adult literacy. These past couple of months they have been involved in reforestation in the surrounding areas of Copán including up near our new satellite secondary school in Barbasco. The students also learned about recycling methods to create indoor vegetable and plant garden s using old water containers. As with every August a lot of time has been spent practicing for Independence Day with the newly improved school band! Photos to come next month!

As our school in Guatemala becomes more self-sufficient and taking control of its own direction we can start thinking about phase three of our work in Guatemala: replicating what we have learned over the past seventeen years to sustainably help other communities. This includes adding recent graduates into rural schools where the teacher/class ratio is often 1-3 whilst helping them with University costs and adding sustainable income plans. We aim to focus on communities in Huehuetenango, Lake Atitlán and the “dry corridor” areas of Chiquimula, Jocotán and Camotán over the next few years.

With the school off for holidays in Ecuador we are undertaking maintenance, including adding water piping into the school and the community is busy laying pipes for their houses in the communities. We are adding another teacher when school starts up again next month, Zoila´s daughter, to bring the teacher/class ratio down even further. To celebrate graduations this year we paid for our first trip to the beach with the graduating students and their parents which was an experience for all! As ever June was Inti Raymi month celebrating the sun (Inti) where the children and the community got involved with dance and tradition. Finally, well done and a huge thank you to our charity challengers who scaled Imbabura and Fuya Fuya and circumnavigated Lake Cuicocha with the local families and teachers back in June. We’re doing it all again in 2020 – for information please see below!

The children learned about different traditions, food and cultures this month to celebrate Arequipa Day – and got to eat the results too! Due to increased seismic activity in Perú we have been doubling up earthquake drills and the children also undertook a nature hunt in the surrounding area of the school; admittedly there were slim pickings! Finally, well done and a huge thank you to our charity challengers who completed the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu as well other day hikes! 

Business can play a huge role in education, employment generation and supporting communities and is an area where we, as Phoenix, would like to explore further over the coming years to benefit the countries in Latin America – not just our projects though other communities as well. If you would like more information on how your company could get involved in the future please do contact me on dom@thephoenixprojects.org

Our recent Whole Foods Market trip in Guatemala saw them visiting their micro-credit partners in Huehuetenango, funding and helping to build a kitchen for a family at Lake Atitlán and reforesting an area on Pacaya Volcano.

Following on from our excellent Phoenix Charity Challenges in Perú and Ecuador we will be doing it all again in 2020 with the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu dates from Saturday 23rd-30th May and Ecuador volcanoes from Saturday 30th May-6th June. It is a fantastic way to economically tick off Machu Picchu and volcano hiking from your bucket list whilst raising funds for Phoenix! We will need confirmations of places for the Inca Trail by the end of September so if you are interested please follow the link below and please do contact us soon so you don’t miss out as there are limited places on the trail.

Arequipa Day in Peru
Arequipa Day in Peru
Whole Foods Market in Guatemala
Whole Foods Market in Guatemala
Recycling for indoor gardens
Recycling for indoor gardens

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Pawkar Raymi
Pawkar Raymi

I hope all is well with you.

Our school in Guatemala nears the mid-way point in the educational year with some excellent exam results. As the school becomes more and more sustainable we are looking to expand our work in different areas in Guatemala, including Lake Atitlán and the Dry Corridor where there is an extreme dearth of educational opportunities. We always aim to use every cent of donation money as best we can and we feel that investing in local teachers can provide the best “bang for our buck”. Over the years we have seen the huge benefits of taking on local teachers as they are from the same environments as the children so understand the difficulties though also are actual living proof that it is possible no matter your background – they are fantastic role models.

The past months in our college in Honduras have been extremely successful and not just in the classroom. Recently our students were involved in reforesting 1000’s of trees in the area. They also continued giving talks in the local primary schools about health, nutrition and climate change. This is part of their course and not only imparts useful information it helps them get used to speaking in public.

Our new satellite secondary school in Barbasco is a huge success – it is in an extremely rural area, increasing our catchment area for children who otherwise couldn’t access further education. Our support for the local primary school in La Pintada is still in its infancy and an area we want to increase over the coming years.

In Ecuador it wasn’t just teaching that was the highlight of the past months. Mother’s Day was celebrated with lots of dance, including La Bomba de Chota, food and games to celebrate their well-deserved day!

Each Easter the traditional Fanesca (a soup made from different types of beans, dried fish and boiled eggs) is served in the school. This year we shared responsibilities with the parents in buying the ingredients and the mothers cooked an amazing feast. 

Our local Phoenix teacher David continued to spend time with the parents whenever there is a community meeting to talk about literacy and numeracy. Many parents have difficulties with these simple rights, especially the older generations.

Finally Pawkar Raymi was celebrated, thanking Pachamama (Mother Earth) for the first crops of the year (which are then eaten communally!). More community meetings were held to talk about the school, sustainable plans and the future as our local Phoenix teachers continued to excel.  

Mother’s Day and the school’s Anniversary was celebrated in Perú and our fruit program continues in the school with bananas, melons, apples and more! We have seen such a change with the children with this program as they don’t eat much out of school. The government provides some limited food though no way to cook it, so we provide the gas for the cooker!

Over the next five years we aim to continue investing in family sustainable income plans which help cover the costs of further education, medical costs and of course income for food for the whole family. Some of the income will go towards covering the projects’ costs too as we aim to increase our work in all the countries! Examples of successful plans include Plan Moo (cows), Plan Huerto (vegetable gardens), Plan Pollo (chickens) and Plan Negocio (small businesses). Hundreds of families have benefited from the plans over the past few years and we plan to triple this numbers over the next few years.

We completed our two Charity Challenges in the past couple of weeks for all our projects, completing the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in Perú followed by climbing volcanoes in Ecuador, each a week long. We managed to raise some fantastic funds for the projects and will be repeating the challenges next year with the Perú challenge in the week of 25th May and Ecuador in the week of 1st June 2020. If you are interested in joining us please do contact me on dom@thephoenixprojects.org and it will be great to have you on board!

Thank you and all the best for the next few months and let us know if you are interested in joining us on the Charity Challenges next year in Ecuador and Perú!

Cheers

Reforestation in Honduras
Reforestation in Honduras
Anniversary in Peru
Anniversary in Peru
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antigua, Guatemala

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