Project #1757

Feed 200 Neglected Elderly in Guatemala

by Fly The Phoenix
Hand-made fabric purse - Gift For Good appeal
Hand-made fabric purse - Gift For Good appeal

We have launched our Gift For Good, where for a donation of just $35 you will receive a hand-made fabric purse and also feed one child for the rest of the school year, definitely the perfect Gift For Good! Please follow this link or the link at the bottom of this report to make a difference.

Work continues in the nursery, preparing the medicinal plants for the elderly generation in the community, which will be ready to be handed out in July/August. Food is starting to be scarce again in the families' households and as ever, the elderly suffer more than most.

Work in the nursery
Work in the nursery


The nursery where we will be growing the plants
The nursery where we will be growing the plants

As we swiftly move into February all our projects are now back up and running after the holidays and we can eagerly look ahead to providing yet more education, employment and daily food and fruit to almost 1000 children across Latin America as well as making sure we can do our best for the elderly member of the community.

During 2014 we aim to grow many medicinal plants in our nursery to be able to give to the elderly relatives of the children in our schools, so they have a sustainable access to simple remedies for the coming years. We also hope to continue our provision of basic products.

It is thanks and testimony of your support during these past years, and years to come, that we can continue the projects, getting better each year and providing an education for these communities that had little chance or opportunity.

In 2014, we will be holding three charity challenges in Guatemala as well, so if you fancy heading down, seeing the projects and raising funds by challenging yourself, please see our website on

Thank you for your continued support during 2014!



Trees for the elderly
Trees for the elderly

As 2013 comes to a close we can reflect to a terrific year in Guatemala with our elderly members of the community. We have brought more of them into the reforestation program, allowing them to grow their own trees which will be later used for firewood in years to come. As well, they are part of the vegetable and medicinal plant program, ensuring sustainable income for them.

During this festive season we have to look ahead to 2014 and beyond; get donations in the bank to ensure our programs progress and improve over the coming months; ensure our children have daily food and fruit; ensure we can pay our local teachers who do such a terrific job; make sure that the children have materials to study hard!

May I take this opportunity to thank you for previous donations and thank you in advance for donations to come. As we all share gifts this season, please share our message with friends and family and let’s all ensure a prosperous 2014 in The Phoenix Projects and their communities. Happy holidays!

Carrying the trees to plant
Carrying the trees to plant
Generations working together
Generations working together


Children working in the veggie garden in Ecuador
Children working in the veggie garden in Ecuador

Across Phoenix we are always trialing new ideas to try and improve our services to the communities we work in and with our older people's programme, we are no different.

Handing out food to the older members of the communities has always worked really well for them, but, in other projects we have been trialing veggie gardens. These are plots of land in the community where we provide the seeds and fertilizer to the community and, on rotation, they tend the garden and share the veggies between those of the cooperative.

In Ecuador we have put a veggie garden in each of the communities and so far they have grown lots of different vegetables including spinach, onions and peas and it has been going really well!

"The Mums are really enjoying the vegetables and we have been giving them hints and tips on recipes to incorporate the new foods in their diet. The community are really getting involved in the projects, and in the home, everyone is benefiting for the meals."

Zoe, Ecuador project manager

We think this is a fantastic way to involve the whole community in improving the diet of their entire families. In Guatemala, the older people will be able to tend the gardens and then take the food home, learn how to use the vegetables in cooking and feed the whole family. From the oldest to the youngest member, every person in the family will recieve more nutrition from the garden - it is a whole community effort!

Thanks to continued donations from you, we can now trial this in Guatemala and will be keeping you updated on how the project is progressing! 

Thanks very much!



A grandmother collecting the trees with grandson
A grandmother collecting the trees with grandson

One of our great passions for our group of older people in the community is to keep them as involved in the work of the community as possible. They work so hard for their families and they are so passionate about their communities that we want to make sure they have a role in the community work we do.

For the first time in Phoenix history we have involved our older people in our reforestation programme! Deforestation is a huge problem in Guatemala and can lead to more destruction when there are heavy floods during the rainy season. To combat this problem we ask our women's group (which has included some of our older people this year) to grow 25,000 trees in our vivero which once a year we plant in the surrounding areas where there are problems of deforestation. Some of our older people even took trees home with them to plant on their own land and around their own homes to help with the problem.

We are also still collecting funds for our older people's programme. So far, we have collected over $2000 from you and other kind donors which we are using the collect together food parcels to hand out to the older people once we have enough for everyone. We will continue to collect funds for the food parcels over the coming months so that we can hand out food to the older people once supplies through other means start to dwindle later on in the year.

Thank you once again for your continued support, if you know of any friends or family that would also like to support this wonderful cause please do pass on the details to them.

A grandfather taking his trees to plant
A grandfather taking his trees to plant

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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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