Due to the Ministry of Education taking over the school in Nicaragua we will no longer be requiring donations to cover project costs. It is in the benefit of the school to be able to place the reponsibility in the government's hands and also shows an encouraging sign that local government is becoming more involved in education. Over the years scores of children have come through our classrooms and have been well-prepared for primary school which is a huge testament to our local teachers. May I take this chance to thank every single donor who has helped make our work possible in Nicaragua these past years and please know, the school is in very good hands.
With the school holidays over the school has recently opened its doors again for the 2016 educational year. As ever we will be concentrating on pre-school and those older students who need extra help with their school work. The government is finally becoming more involved with education so our preparation for the students is key to take advantage of better education opportunities in the future.
Due to the huge success of our inaugural Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge in 2015 we will be repeating it on Saturday 30th April. This year we will be asking that all funds raised will go towards implementing a sustainable plan of your choice so please do have a look at the link below for different targets from as little as $150 and also more information on challenges that are already in the pipeline which so far include the London Bridges Challenge (25km and 16 bridges) and the Wharfdale 3 Peaks in England; events in Boston and Austin in the US; climbing Acatenango volcano in Guatemala; painting the whole school inside and out in Honduras and hikes in both Ecuador and Perú. If you want to get involved, please do contact us on email@example.com
I hope all is well with you. We are proud to have launched our Food and Fruit Appeal for 2016 which will be raising money for our daily food and fruit programs in Nicaragua. Each year we aim to spend over $30,000 on food and fruit so the more we can raise this Thanksgiving the more we can guarantee in 2016.
For every $40 donated one child will receive their daily food and fruit for the school year and we will also plant a fruit tree to help sustain the program for years to come in their own homes. To put this into perspective around 50% of wasted food in the Western world comes from the home with households throwing out hundreds of millions of tons of food and drink each year. Domestic food waste can cost the average household around $1,000 a year – we could feed 25 children and plant 25 fruit trees to sustain the program for that amount!
This year our food and fruit program that you have kindly donated towards in the past has had such an impact on the children with their BMI’s gradually rising from alarming and dangerous levels. Whilst still in the bottom percentiles, each year we are improving the situation with your help.
It would be so great to be able to guarantee our Food and Fruit program for 2016 so anything you can donate this Thanksgiving to this page would be gratefully received – and not a crumb wasted!
Our pre-school continues to go from strength to strength with a lot of emphasis on manual dexterity. Independence Day celebrations were undertaken in September with local values and traditions a key part of the classes building up to the big day. Our assistant local teacher has really shown her value as our overcrowded classes receive help from her.
This year’s Annual Appeal is dedicated to our daily food and fruit program with the aim to provide now and sustainably in the future: how? For every $25 donated to this page one child will receive the daily food and fruit we provide each year and we will also plant a fruit tree which will continue giving in the future. Many thanks for your donations in advance and together we can sustain daily food for the children.
On Wednesday July 15th, Global Giving will match donations made through this page up to $1,000 per donor based on the organization’s Partner Rewards level: as we are Superstars we get 50% extra per donation, whilst available funds last!. There is $115,000 available in matching funds and GlobalGiving are offering a $1,000 bonus award for the project with most individual donors and a $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. Matching begins at 9:00:01 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT.
Your donations allow us to continue to with out pre-school here in Nicaragua. Recently, earthquake and other emergency practices were undertaken in the school as the rainy season approaches and often the river near the community bursts its banks, leaving many homeless. Our pre-school continues at pace with our hope to add another teacher assistant for the remainder of the year. Our sustainable Plan Ciber, an internet café, now covers our monthly fruit costs.
Thank you for your support thus far and thank you now for helping us build a better future.
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