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 Ecuador our local teachers, students and families will be hiking around Lake Cuicocha. Please sponsor the communities as we strive to move towards sustainability over the next few years by donating to this page.
It has been a brilliant few months on the projects. The children are slowly getting used to the centralized school and we continue to provide daily transport up and down the mountains so they can continue to study whilst also providing breakfast and daily fruit. Our local teachers who are giving afternoon reinforcement classes back in the communities report that the children are learning quickly with them - the importance of our local teachers cannot be stressed enough as the larger class sizes in the new centralized school leads to many children being left behind. By offering our afternoon classes this is minimalized.
Our Plan Pollo, where we introduced egg-laying chickens in the classrooms of the now-closed local schools, is coming along very well with the first eggs being laid two weeks ago. This should help sustain future costs of the school and provide the local community with extra income for medicines etc
Thank you all for your support these past few months and please do support the communities on their challenge on 6th June by donating to this page
Now into the third month of 2015 and the children are slowly but surely getting used to their new education in the centralized school. We continue to fund daily transport to and from their mountain comunities by pick-up truck which allows them this education which otheriwse probably wouldn't have been possible, especially for the smaller children, due to having to walk miles each day. We continue to provide bread and fruit aswell. To counterract the possible confusion of the children being in bigger classrooms and new teachers we pay for our two local teachers who were once ex-students to give afternoon classes back in the communities; this way we hope that no child is left behind.
Our sustainable Plan Pollo (chickens and eggs) is coming along very well with first eggs due in a few weeks. The income from the egg sales will not only help sustain the daily costs of transporting the children to school it will also bring in much needed income and employment to the rural communities. It is hoped we will expand Plan Pollo over the coming months.
Thanks to all our donors who make this possible each day and have a great March
This holiday season we would like to try and raise funds for our sustainable plan initiatives which help the families and the projects by generating income – please see this link to find out more on our sustainable plans. By donating now we can start plans to sustain the children’s education, daily food and fruit, local teachers, school materials and much more, well into the future. Please help us avoid empty fruits baskets, broken pencils and deserted classrooms by donating and sharing this month, as you have donated before, and help us sustain their future for years to come.
This year we would like your one-off generous Appeal donation to work now and sustainably in the future, providing daily food and fruit, local teachers’ salaries and materials for the children as well as extra local family income for years to come, hence we will be investing in sustainable income plans with this year’s Appeal!. To put it simply, every dollar you give to this year’s appeal will keep working now and for years to come, with the immediate income derived from the sustainable plans being shared between the families and the projects. You can get together with friends, family or work colleagues and basically build your own sustainable plan knowing that over the coming years it will be providing for the projects! Thank you and together we can go a long way to making the projects sustainable with this Appeal by donating here – cheers
A very sad way to celebrate our ten year anniversary working in Ecuador as Huayrapungo, Muenala and Larcacunga cease to function as schools with the government bidding to centralise education and populations. Our work in the communities continues however with transporting all the children daily to the centralised school and back, daily fruit, materials and more sustainable income plans in the communities to generate employment and ensure further education in the future. We also plan to keep on two of our local teachers to give reinforcement classes in the afternoons back in the communities. Happy Anniversary Ecuador!
Over the coming months we will also be investing in our income generating sustainable plans which should provide income for the schools as well as the local families. These include buying cows, chickens, weaving looms and micro-investment into local start-up businesses. By investing now we create employment for the future: education now, employment and income in the future. For more information on our sustainable plans, please follow this link and get involved!
Finally, let’s not forget what The Phoenix Projects are all for in Latin America: 40 local teachers, the majority of whom were previous students, teaching almost 1000 children daily whilst receiving food across five countries benefiting seven communities (fifteen if you include the communities our students come from in Honduras for our colegio)...all for under $200,000 a year - every penny and cent counts - thank you to everyone who makes this possible year after year.
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