Project #1757

Feed 200 Neglected Elderly in Guatemala

by Fly The Phoenix
Plan Corte benefits the elderly
Plan Corte benefits the elderly

It has been a fantastic few months in Guatemala. 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. Here in Guatemala we have started Plan Moo (cows), Plan Pollo (chickens) and Plan Corte (weaving). 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 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.

The plans are designed so the elderly can benefit from them too, bringing their experience with weaving and livestock into play and using the proceeds of the plans to buy medicines and other food.

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.


Plan Moo and the elderly
Plan Moo and the elderly


Our weaving loom which the elderly can use
Our weaving loom which the elderly can use

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 which will 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.

Sustainable plans aren't new to many of our elderly generation who have received food, fruit trees, egg-laying chickens, cows, seeds and medicinal plants over the past years. This year, many are enjoying avocados which were planted a few years ago which allow them to sell the in the market to be able to buy medicines and other food, as well of course, eating them. As this year progresses, we plan to add more fruit trees.

Many thanks and have a great May!


Plan Moo helps the elderly with milk
Plan Moo helps the elderly with milk
Plan Pollo helps the elderly with daily eggs
Plan Pollo helps the elderly with daily eggs

2016 has got off to a great start for the elderly population in our projects in Guatemala with many already seeing the benefits of our sustainable plans in their homes, which include cows for milk and chickens. Later in the year we will be planting fruit trees in the houses too. Some who are fitter and more able are getting involved in our weaving sustainable plan too which brings in more family income for medicines.  

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 Guatemala. Each year we aim to spend over $30,000 on food and fruit 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 which will benefit the elderly members of the family aswell. 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!


Community meeting
Community meeting

We plan to implement a chicken rearing program which will benefit the elderly members of the community. Whilst our sustainable plans help the whole family we will be implementing a scheme whereby the children earn a chicken each week in the school (one child per class) and the chicken must be given to the the grandparent. This will show the children the value of working hard to earn a living and will show the elderly the benefits of an education. The elderly will also receive fruit trees as part of our Annual Appeal, as highlighted below.

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 $25 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 - including the elderly population. Many thanks for your donations in advance and together we can sustain daily food for the children.

Earning chickens for the grandparents
Earning chickens for the grandparents

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Fly The Phoenix

Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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