Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America

by Fly The Phoenix

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

Local teachers
Local teachers

Our forty two local teachers we employ in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú have made such a huge difference this year to the children's education. By having our main teachers working alongside our reinforcement teachers no child is left behind. Exam results accross the board are statistically higher than 2014 and this is down to the hard work of our teachers. Final exams are due in Guatemala and they are on course to be the best ever. Honduras finishes at the end of November for the school year, along with Perú and Nicaragua though the teachers are optimistic for fantastic results. Ecuador has restarted the school year and our reinforcement teachers there are ready for the next cycle!

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.

Students teaching the next generation
Students teaching the next generation
Ecuador back underway
Ecuador back underway
Elizabeth in Peru
Elizabeth in Peru

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 local teachers here in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú. By employing local teachers, as well as assistant local teachers, we have seen the results improve impressively  providing added attention, an extra pair of hands and most importantly empathy for the children as they come from the same backgrounds. It is all about employment generation and having local teachers in the schools, the children themsleves can aspire to being teachers, knowing there is a way out!

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

cheers

Excellent first exam results in Guatemala
Excellent first exam results in Guatemala

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.

A brilliant few months across all the projects with some scintilating exams results, all thanks to our local teachers, the majority of whom we once our students and we have put through teaching college and now employ! In Guatemala, our first exams results were amazing from all the grades; the children are currently in their second set of exams as I write this report! In Honduras the 2014 national college results were published and Phoenix College was well above the national average in spanish language (80% compared to 60%) and maths (80% compared to 40%).

Our local teachers in Nicaragua continue to perform amazing work as our ever-growing classes have such a thirst for learning the basics! In Ecuador, our local teachers reported the neccesity of the afternoon reinforcement classes as the class sizes in the new centralized school are too big to allow individual attention and the children are falling behind. Ex-student Elizabeth, our new teacher's assistant in Perú, has settled in very well into her teaching role in grades 1 and 2 and we will be bringing in a new teacher's assistant, again an ex-student, in June.

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

Incredible national results in Honduras
Incredible national results in Honduras
The thirst for knowledge in Nicaragua
The thirst for knowledge in Nicaragua
Essential reinforcement classes in Ecuador
Essential reinforcement classes in Ecuador
New teacher assistant Elizabeth in Peru
New teacher assistant Elizabeth in Peru
Local teachers in Guatemala
Local teachers in Guatemala

2015 has got off to a great start and it is mainly thanks to our forty local teachers accross the Phoenix Projects, the majority of whom were once our students so fully comprehend what it is like to come to school on an empty stomach and know what needs to be done in the classroom. Also, explaining difficult educational problems in their mother-tongue makes the job a lot easier! Also, the majority of our teachers are female which make for great role models in the community and demonstrates that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Guatemala leads the way with twenty local teachers, followed by Honduras with twelve. Nicaragua, Ecuador and Perú make up the rest although plans are in the pipeline to add more teachers as the year goes on and we see where needs arise.  

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

Thank you and have a great March! 

Local Phoenix teachers preparing in Honduras
Local Phoenix teachers preparing in Honduras
Local teacher Karla painting in Nicaragua
Local teacher Karla painting in Nicaragua
Local teachers in Ecuador
Local teachers in Ecuador
Local teacher Ediluz in Peru
Local teacher Ediluz in Peru

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Fly The Phoenix

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