The most important part of philanthropic work is to make sure the projects can sustainably run themselves for years and years to come. We aim to implement small businesses run by the families in the rural communities where we work so teachers' salaries are covered and local families receive extra income. These plans, once trialled, can be replicated in literally hundreds of communities over the next few years.
The Phoenix Projects have provided education to thousands of children, teenagers and adults in Latin America over the past twenty years. At present the projects are 100% reliant on donations and fundraising. Also, the employment market for our students on leaving school is minimal.
By investing in sustainable income generating plans now, the projects become sustainable and employment and income is created through these micro-businesses in the future. As each family takes ownership of their sustainable income plans, more wealth is generated for them and their future income becomes more secure, whilst securing the projects.
In the future, these plans will be employment and income providers, both for the schools and for the families. Once initial income is derived these small micro-businesses can be expanded into small local industries which provide further employment. Sustainable education, income and employment is the goal. These plans can then be replicated in hundreds of communities in the future.