Fund a teacher and teach a class in Latin America

by Fly The Phoenix
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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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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

 

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Fly The Phoenix

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

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