On 30th April the children and the local teachers took part in the second Phoenix Seven Continents Charity Challenge to raise funds for local sustainable income plans across all our countries. The plans not only provide income for local families to be able to help with their children’s further education costs, including college and university, though also to help sustainably cover our schools’ costs including local teachers salaries, daily food and fruit, school materials etc. This month, to get our Global Giving friends involved in the Seven Continent Charity Challenge, we would like to put all donations to this page towards sustainable income plans. A warm thanks in advance.
In Guatemala, the first exams were undertaken in the schools with some very good results. This year as part of the drama and dance classes, the children have been learning new types of dance and genre, including mambo, 70's disco, duranguense, merengue, salsa and of course continuining with the traditional folkloric style to marimba. An emotional Easter Semana Santa procession was held in Itzapa for many hours around the streets. Our various sustainable plans are coming along well with many families now involved in Plan Moo, Plan Pollo, Plan Huerto and Plan Negocio; please follow the link to find out more.
In Guatemala both Itzapa and Santa María opened their doors to the new school year. In Itzapa due to increased numbers of children we had to open a second 1st grade class, build a new classroom and take on a new teacher and assistant. We have also increased numbers of children in Santa María especially older children who have never been to school. In total over 20 local teachers will be employed this year in Guatemala, teaching over 300 primary children. Thanks to sustainable plans we have already implemented and hope to implement this year a further 100 to 200 children and teenagers should also enter secondary and college education.
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 Guatemala. Each year we aim to spend over $30,000 on food and fruit programs across Latin America 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!
September is all about Independence Day in Guatemala. Our Itzapa school band played for hours through the streets in front of thousands of people keepíng up a good quick beat and bringing smiles to the hundreds who lined the streets. They have been practising for months and it all paid off. In Santa María traditional symbols were remembered in art classes. Both schools are coming to the end of the school year next month so plenty of preparation for the final exams!
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 $30 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 run schools here in Guatemala. We planted over 25,000 trees around Itzapa and the excellent 2nd exam results were handed out. Santa María is finally just a Ministry of Education signature away from being official for 2016. We have started to increase Plan Pollo in both communities which should benefit over 150 families by the end of the year with increased income and employment.
Thank you for your support thus far and thank you now for helping us build a better future.
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