This Giving Tuesday on 28th November we would like you to know where your fantastic donations have gone in the past and will continue going now and in the future, thank you in advance! The elderly aren't the only recipients of donations and what better way to sustainably help them by education their grandchildren. With an education comes jobs and extra income which they can help their grandparents in later life.
Daily education isn’t only about the teachers. Each year The Phoenix Projects also strive to provide classroom materials, teaching materials, teachers’ tools, food and fruit, exam papers, graduation costs, celebrations including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Day of the Child, school trips, transport, cleaning products, cleaners, soaps, toilet rolls, drinking water, first aid, internet, electricity, gas, rent, maintenance and painting, construction, scholarships…and of course, the teachers!
I will be touch later in the year to give you a further update and year review, I just wanted to reach out and ask for your help this Giving Tuesday to continue our essential work for the children and the communities now and in the future..
Recently we held the election for the Pájaro de Fuego Mayan queen with different Nahual characters in Guatemala. This is Mayan folklore where human beings have the power to transform either spiritually or physically into animal form, most commonly jaguar and puma but also others such as donkeys, birds, dogs or coyotes. The children’s teachers worked extremely hard to get their costumes ready and a beautiful stage back-drop for the event.
With the coronation of the Queen, we were proud to welcome Itzapa's Rumi'al Qatinamit, elected Mayan representatives, to undertake the ceremony. The elected students hold their posts for one year, representing the school.
These traditions are centuries old and ones that are told by our elderly generation to their grandchildren (our students today). It is so important to keep these traditions alive. As well as tradition, education is so important. The more years education we can provide, the better chance our students have of earning better wages which are then fed back into the family, especially the older generation.
Plans are underway for further investment into plans for the elderly population during 2018, including fruit trees, medicinal plants and vegetables - sustainable income for years to come.
When started our education projects over 15 years ago one of our priorities was to help the oft-forgotten members of the family – the elderly. There simply wasn’t enough money and food to go around. Today, coupled with the extra education their grandchildren now receive in our schools which translates into extra income due to job opportunities becoming available, our family sustainable income plans, especially Plan Pollo (chickens) and Plan Huerto (vegetable gardens) are now providing extra food and income for the elderly.
A couple of great examples: a few years ago we handed out fruit trees and various medicinal plants to our elderly population which now produce excellent fruit crops, more than enough for personal consumption so extra income is earned through sales of the fruits. Similarly, the medicinal plants now provide an alternative for various ailments.
We want to increase our sustainable plans for the elderly and families as we are seeing how beneficial they are and to make this goal a real possibility, here is some excellent charitable news from GlobalGiving who have $110,000 to match donations by 50% from 9am EDT on Wednesday 12th July whilst funds last! If you want to support the Seven Continents Charity Challenge 2017 for sustainable income plans, please do donate to this page from the time and date stated previously and we should get 50% bonus – brilliant!
Have a fantastic summer, cheers!
With a quarter of the year already gone we are making great strides towards our main goals this year. Our investment into Sustainable Income Plans is atop of our agenda for 2017 which not only provide income for the schools though also provide extra income for our elderly population. In a bid to raise these funds the third Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge got underway in Guatemala on 22nd March, summiting Volcano Tajumulco, the highest point in Central America. There are many events already planned during 2017 as part of the Challenge so if you would like to undertake a fundraiser using this page, please do contact us on the link below.
As a bonus, Global Giving will be running its Little by Little Matching Campaign from 3rd to 7th April, designed to celebrate the power of small donations and the power of the crowd. Global Giving will be matching donations up to $50 at 50% while the $50,000 in matching funds remain and there are also bonus prizes and incentives to grow our list of monthly donors! To take advantage of this, if you can donate no matter how small, you can do so directly onto this page early on 3rd April with all proceeds going towards sustainable plans in Guatemala which will benefit the elderly population as part of this year’s Seven Continent Charity Challenge. Thank you so much in advance.
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