Beetroots for the elderly in Peru
One of the best ways we can support the elderly in the communities where we work is the make sure their grandchildren have access to quality education so that in the future they can secure employment and help their grandparents in any way they can. We are continuing to provide this education and have already seen many of our former students gain employment and help out at home with extra costs.
Whilst there are still years to go for many of our students to gain employment and help out this way, we are putting in place sustainable plans to provide daily food for many elderly in the community and when we can, celebrate with them so they can at least eat a sturdy meal now and then! In Perú we are celebrating our first harvest of the large scale vegetable garden which will provide daily vegetables not only for the children though also for the aged generation. In Ecuador we are resuming Plan Moo, the purchase of cows, which will provide regular income for the family home, including the elderly, with the sale of milk.
This year The Phoenix Projects are celebrating twenty years in Latin America and thanks to you around five thousand children, teenagers and adults have been able to receive a quality education during this time in Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Perú and previously in Brazil, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
We have built schools, extra classrooms, kitchens and energy efficient stoves, provided employment for dozens of local people, planted hundreds of thousands of trees, distributed educational materials, daily meals and hundreds of tonnes of fruit and implemented sustainable income plans on an average annual budget of around $100,000/£85,000.
Additionally, over three hundred families have benefitted from the implementation of sustainable income plans including cows, chickens, weaving, vegetables and small businesses.
To celebrate our 20th Anniversary we are launching this year’s Appeal today and all donations up to $50/£40 through this page will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving between Monday 12th September - today - until Friday 16th September. Larger donations can of course be made although the matching will only apply to the first $50/£40 and only once per individual donor.
We still have so much more we want to do over the coming years with the experience we have gained, including replicating the projects in other communities with sustainable plans covering running costs from the start.
Your continued support in helping to fund local teachers’ salaries and scholarships, school materials, food and sustainable income plans is as important now as it has been in the last twenty years.
We realise that times are uncertain though anything you can donate to the Appeal through this page this week to take advantage of the 50% matching will help us start the next twenty years in the best possible way!
Thank you so much in advance.
Plan Moo in Ecuador