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.
As part of the Fly The Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge on Saturday 6th June, the communities themselves will be undertaking events to raise awareness and funds. In Nicaragua our local teachers, students and families will be hiking around La Thompson and the surrounding hills. Please sponsor the communities as we strive to move towards sustainability over the next few years by donating to this page.
Progress is being made in leaps and bounds with the pre-schoolers in the school. Our local teachers are coping well with the increased numbers of children and we will be bringing in teacher assistants shortly to help with the workload. A lot of effort is being made in group learning and bonding (many households see violence and separation) so the children can see the school as a safe and fun place to be, whilst obviously learning the basics to read and write.
Thank you all for your support and please do sponsor the community as they take on their hike on 6th June. Cheers
School restarted for the new year in February with plenty of new faces eager to learn how to hold a pencil and color in "between" the lines! Before term started thanks to donations we managed to restock the toy box, buy essential education supplies including glue, papers, books etc. We have also replaced the ageing latrines and built new shelves for storage. We are hoping to employ two ex-students to help out in the school aswell to give our current teachers more support.
During the holidays, we invested in our sustainable Plan Ciber; purchasing five computers and installing internet so the older children can do their homework and printing, rather than having to travel miles to the nearest town to do this. We can also start computer classes for the school and also help members of the community; it is a great addition to The Phoenix Projects.
Thank you to all our donors who continually help to make this happen and who will make this happen in the future. Remember that on 6th June we are undertaking The Phoenix Seven Continent Charity Challenge, where you can undertake any fundraising event at home, knowing that fundraisers are being held on the same day around the world. Please do get involved and use this page as your fundraising page - every cent counts!. For more information click here.
Thank you and have a great March!
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