Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America

by Fly The Phoenix
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Peru
Peru

Everyone here at Phoenix wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving this coming week. There is also another reason to be extremely thankful thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who have generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for the unprecedented Global Giving 50% matching day on Tuesday 29th November where donations of up to $1,000 per donor per organization will be matched by 50% whilst funds last. In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from 29th November through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

How would this help our programs in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Perú? As we are in the middle of our Classroom Materials Appeal for 2017 we can receive a massive boost to reach our target of supplying materials for all our classrooms and the local teachers so the children can receive the best education possible. By receiving the donations before term starts we can buy more in bulk, getting more bang for our "matched"-buck! With each child having what is needed and not going short, their education, and the work by the local teachers, will be imprived dramatically.

During 2016 we have over 40 local teachers as part of Phoenix, most of whom were previous students, and we would like to add to the ranks in 2017. This matching Tuesday coupled with your generosity will take the projects on in leaps and bounds.

Every donation always helps us to help them, so please do dig deep this coming Tuesday 29th November and help us match their futures with the same generosity shown by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with Global Giving.

Thank you

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Essential classroom materials
Essential classroom materials

We are very excited to launch our 2016 Appeal today which aims to raise $15,000 for classroom materials in our schools for the rest of 2016 and the whole of 2017. Each $20 donated to this page is the equivalent of one child’s classroom materials needs for the school year. $500 will stock an average classroom size of 25 students.

As an additional bonus, for every $1 donated we will also plant one tree so with your help, all the classrooms will have the materials needed for the whole school year and 15,000 trees will be planted. Paper comes from trees and we use a lot of paper so this is our way of putting something back!

All Phoenix schools are free. However to empower the parents we ask that they supply the basics for their children which include notebooks and pencils so that they feel part of their child’s education process (our family sustainable plans help with these costs).

Phoenix covers all other costs including textbooks, art materials, exam papers and results sheets, educational games, extra notebooks, photocopies, teaching aids and materials, whiteboards, desks and chairs when necessary as well as classroom decoration and painting. The list is long though essential so please dig deep and donate to this page!

Thank you and cheers!

Maricruz in Peru
Maricruz 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 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, mostly local teachers, 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.

Over the next three months we look forward to many graduations across the board from pre-school, primary and college and that is al down to the hard work and long hours our local teachers put in each day - a big thank you to all of them. Our aim, funds permitting, is to set up each of our graduates with a small business sustainable plan which will help them cover costs of secondary school and college in the future.

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

Proud local teachers in Guatemala
Proud local teachers in Guatemala

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Teachers and students in Peru for the 7 Continents
Teachers and students in Peru for the 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

Cuicocha Lake in Ecuador - 7 Continents Challenge
Cuicocha Lake in Ecuador - 7 Continents Challenge
Digging a Plan Tilapia pool in Honduras
Digging a Plan Tilapia pool in Honduras
Children and teachers hiking in Guatemala
Children and teachers hiking in Guatemala

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Local teachers in Guatemala
Local teachers in Guatemala

With all the schools back up and running in 2016 we are already employing 40 local teachers, the majority of whom were once our students who we have helped through their further education to become qualified teachers. Due to increased numbers of children in the schools we plan to employ a further ten local teachers this year depending on donations and the success of our sustainable income plans. By employing local teachers they instantly become role models for the children as they all come from the same backgrounds - anything is possible!

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

Local teacher in Ecuador
Local teacher in Ecuador
Peru
Peru
Teachers
Teachers' preparation in Honduras
Nicaragua
Nicaragua

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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.thephoenixprojects.org
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
antigua, Guatemala
2016 Year End Campaign
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