Elderly Support in Latin America

by Fly The Phoenix
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Elderly Support in Latin America
Generations enjoying communal food
Generations enjoying communal food

With normal classes back up and running after more than two years in Perú we recently had a great visit from fifty students and five teachers from Impington Village College, Cambridge, UK and thanks to their brilliant fundraising through GlobalGiving we were able to start our first sustainable irrigated vegetable garden which will provide food for the children and local families, including the elderly, over the coming years. For the first time since 2019 we were able to celebrate Mother’s Day and Day of the Child in May with plenty of dance and food and this time we invited the grandparents to watch their grandchildren perform which was great to see. The first Charity Challenge since 2019 was also undertaken with the Inca Trail conquered in late May – the dates are already set for 2023!  

Over the coming months in Ecuador we plan to invest in more sustainable plans including Plan Moo and Plan Cuy to help to generate income for the schools and the families, in particularly the elderly; something critical in this time of rising living costs. 

In Honduras work was also conducted on the sustainable income plans with smaller versions being started in the communities so the families can grow their own vegetables and generate income which will be of paramount help for the elderly generation. With the global situation causing excessive increases in day-to-day basic living costs these plans will help the families ride the current storm now and into the future. We have seen other local organisations implement our sustainable plan ideas which is a great thing as our funding can only go a small way. By educating other organisations to do the same thing we are all fighting for the same cause which is sustainable education and income for all the families.

We also plan to build a new sewing centre in Guatemala as many of the elderly generation have shown interest in learning new skills which they can put to good use! Whilst there is demand, donations permitting, we will aspire to do all we can do to help the local families generate their own income.

For all our donors who live in Ireland, Wales and England we are arranging some individual day fundraising hikes and events in September including Dublin on 17th, Kinsale on 19th, Anglesey on 22nd, Chester on 24th and The Peak District on 26th. If you happen to be in the area and want to join us please do get in touch by replying to this email or heading to the website link at the bottom of this page. As we strive to regain our momentum and funding post-pandemic, fundraising events play such a key role so if you have any in mind, no matter how small or big, please do let us know and thank you so much.

We already have the dates for our major charity challenges in 2023 including The Lost City challenge in Colombia between 6-13th May and the Inca Trail in Perú between 8-15th July. If you are interested in either please do get in touch by replying to this email or following the 2023 Charity Challenges link at the bottom of the page.

Thank you all for your continued brilliant support, without which our work would be impossible. We realise the current cost of living crisis has added to the hardships of the past couple of years so everything you can continue to do to support our work is very much appreciated – thank you!

Cheers

Plan Huerto in Peru
Plan Huerto in Peru

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I hope all is well with you. To give us a huge boost this week (Monday 4th to Friday 8th April) GlobalGiving will be 50% matching all individual donations to this page of up to $50 which is a fantastic opportunity for the projects as we aim to recover from the past two years and build towards a better sustainable future. If you can it would be fantastic if you could donate this week and your donation will go even further.

With 2022 now three months old it is already very different to the previous two years with all the students back in the classroom finally. We are aiming to maintain all the classrooms secure for daily teaching with cleaning products available with the health of their elderly relatives our utmost priority. Looking ahead donations permitting, whilst continuing to cover our daily costs of the projects, we aim to make a concerted effort to implement family sustainable income plans with small enterprises over the coming months. These plans are devised with the elderly in mind so they can purchase much needed medicines and food.

Whilst this programme is dedicated to purchasing supplies for the elderly, our other programmes provide education and sustainable plans for their grandchildren with the hope in the future the ability to gain employment will help their elderly relatives as well.

Thanks to your continued support we have managed to keep the projects going through these hard times and once again, with your donations, we hope to be in a position to move forwards with confidence – thank you! 

All the best for April and thank you in advance for your continued support.

Cheers

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A full plate of food
A full plate of food

As 2021 draws to a close we would like to thank first and foremost all our local teachers for continuing to teach the students to the best of their ability with the resources available, whether this was in limited classroom-based environments or heading out to their homes when they could to give out and collect homework and set topics in the students’ textbooks. By educatng the younger generation they themselves can support their elderly relatives in the future. Thank you also to everyone who has supported the projects this year in what has once again been a very difficult time all round.

We celebrated Christmas in Ecuador and invited all members of the four communities from the youngest to the oldest for food and dance which was appreciated by all - in stark contrast to last year. We will continue to help the elderly during 2022 when needs arrise in all our countries. This year we managed to distribute food and helped with solar lighting for those without electricity. There is more to be done and the implentation in sustainable income plans will provide extra money for medicines for the elderly.

Thank you all once again for your continued support and all the best for 2022.

cheers

Involving the elderly
Involving the elderly
Handing out food
Handing out food
Educating the young to help the old
Educating the young to help the old
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Food in Ecuador
Food in Ecuador

I hope all is well with you. To celebrate Giving Tuesday today all donations will be supplemented with a share of a $1 million fund from GlobalGiving. If you can, please donate to this page today to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity from GlobalGiving for the projects with your donation making even more impact!

All today’s donations will be part of this year’s Fly The Phoenix Appeal which will go towards our educational projects in Latin America as well as the elderly members of the community.

In a bid to neutralize the projects’ carbon footprint from day-to-day activities which include boat travel for the students in Guatemala, pickup transport for the students in Honduras and teachers’ transport up into the mountains in Ecuador and desert in Perú we, Fly The Phoenix, are planting a tree for every $15 raised.

We continue to try and support the elderly in all our communities and recently food was given out in Ecuador. All our family sustainable plans we implement in all our countries aim to generate extra income for all members of the family in particularly the elderly so they can buy extra food, clothes and medicine. In Guatemala we recently provided solar-lighting for families without electricity many of whom have elderly relatives living there. 

Many thanks for anything you can donate to this page today to take advantage of the bonus funding.

Cheers

Elderly helping plant trees
Elderly helping plant trees
The young helping the old in Guatemala
The young helping the old in Guatemala
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Sustainable plans for the elderly
Sustainable plans for the elderly

I hope all is well with you. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause major problems in Latin America though the rollout of national vaccination programmes are giving some hope for the future “new normal”, albeit slowly. Our local teachers, who have all now been vaccinated, have continued to maintain the education of our students by travelling to the communities to hand out homework and answer any questions. Online teaching is not an option due to lack of internet and devices. Some staggered classroom teaching, with all the protocols in place, has been possible in some countries though normal classroom-based teaching for all is still months away.

This week’s Little By Little bonus donation campaign gives us a brilliant opportunity to build a foundation to work from as we look ahead to the final months of 2021 and into 2022. GlobalGiving will match each donation up to $50 by 50% from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September. It would be fantastic once again to rely on your support this week with whatever you are able to donate to this page.

Thanks to your donations during this time we have been able to keep everything going on a shoestring budget, including buying all the necessary biosecure products to maintain safety, though there has been so much we have wanted to do which has had to be put on hold. Restrictions due to Covid-19 have forced the cancellation of usual fundraising events including our charity challenges over the past nineteen months and the economic outlook remains uncertain. By keeping the classrooms safe we are increasing the safety of the elderly population for when the children return home after school.

Whilst the main priority is obviously keeping our current local teachers and the education of the children, once more funding becomes available we want to increase the number of local teachers, undertake maintenance, restock the classrooms and invest in more family sustainable income plans for the future which is even more critical during these times. The sustainable plans will provide extra income for the families to buy essential food and medicines as well as helping to fund the schools in the future.

We will also be planting a tree for every $10 raised during this week to help reduce the carbon footprint of the day-to-day activities of the projects. These include boat travel for the students in Guatemala, pickup transport for the students in Honduras and teachers’ transport up into the mountains in Ecuador and desert in Perú.

In Ecuador work and investment has continued with implementing sustainable income plans, including our Plan Chancho, Plan Pollo, Plan Cuy and Plan Huerto which aim to generate regular income specifically for the elderly population so they can buy medicines and extra supplies. Over the next year we plan to increase the herd in Plan Moo as well. The Covid pandemic has proven once again that the elderly get left behind in times of strife sadly so we want to put them first and forefront for the future.

The sewing project continues to be a great success for the single mothers and parents of the scholarship students as well as some of the elderly population eager to learn new skills. The extra income they have been able to earn through the project has been crucial during these times. We plan to increase the number of sewing machines in 2022 as more able members of the elderly population are getting interested!

Many thanks for anything you can donate this week to the Little By Little Campaign. It is such a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to get back on track after these past eighteen months and build a solid platform for the years ahead.

Also, if you are thinking of doing something different in 2022 please do follow the link in this report to our Charity Challenges in Perú and Ecuador in May and June taking in the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in Perú and volcanos in Ecuador – you can do either or both!

Have a great month and thank you all once again.

Cheers

Plan Chancho for the elderly
Plan Chancho for the elderly

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Location: Clare, Suffolk - United Kingdom
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Dom Williams
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala
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