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Your donations allow us to continue to help the aged population here in Guatemala. Just recently we handed out egg-laying chickens to our grandmothers in Santa María, sustaining an egg-a-day for them, which is crucial in this current climate as crops once again are deemed to fail this year. We also plan to start a chicken scheme from which the income will go on to help build and sustainably run an old people's home in Itzapa. On top of this we plan to hand out fruit trees later in the year as part of our annual appeal. So much in the pipeline!
Thank you for your support thus far and thank you now for helping us build a better future.
The rains have once again failed in Guatemala putting into doubt harvests for 2015. Our families rely on these harvests for essential daily food, including beans and corn. It is very hard to share a meal with the whole family when there is nothing to share and what little there is tends to miss the bowls of the elderly population. As a pre-emptive measure we have handed out egg-laying chickens to the grandmothers of our children in the school which will at least sustain one egg a day.
With donations to this page we will be able to increase this program and make sure it is sustainable each year to ensure at least some food in the households, especially for the elderly. $100 will provide 10 egg-laying chickens. In the future, depending on donations, we plan to build and run an old people's home, with a nurse, daily food and constant care for the elderly which could have running costs of $3,000 a month after the initial start-up - that is our aim. These chickens are the start of sustaining the elderly in the future.
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. In Guatemala our local teachers, students and families will be planting 5,000 trees and hiking around the communities. Please sponsor the communities as we strive to move towards sustainability over the next few years by donating to this page.
Over the next few months we plan to install an extremely ambitious sustainable income program some of whose benefits will go towards running an old people's home. Whilst still in the planning stages it will involve initiating local businesses with some of the profits going towards the sustainable running of the home, to include meals and daily help. With a fundraising target of $20,000 to get this started we are at the start of what could be an extremely beneficial project for years to come.
Thank you all for your support and please do sponsor the community as they take on their hike on 6th June. Cheers
2015 is the year when we really want to start investing in sustainable income plans which will benefit the families, especially the elderly, for the future. We have already started though there is still a long way to go: by investing in chickens (Plan Pollo) there will be daily eggs in the household and extra income; similarly with Plan Moo - fresh daily milk and years of subsequent calves which will become milk-producers themselves (if they are female - if they are male they are sold to purchase a female to continue the cycle). Plan Corte, weaving, allows us to purchase large-scale looms which the elderly can use to make traditional textiles to sell in the local markets. And of course the reforestation program not only prtects the crops from wind though sustainably provides a source of firewood when needed near to home, rather than walking miles each day collecting wood.
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.
This holiday season we would like to try and raise funds for our sustainable plan initiatives which help the elderly, the families and the projects by generating income – please see the link at the bottom of the page to find out more on our sustainable plans. By donating now we can start plans to sustain the children’s education, daily food and fruit, local teachers, school materials and much more, well into the future thus freeing up more available income for the elderly of the household. Please help us avoid empty fruits baskets, broken pencils and deserted classrooms by donating and sharing this month, as you have donated before, and help us sustain their future for years to come.
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