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 Ecuador. 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!
The new school year has started in Ecuador and we will continue to provide daily transport to the centralized school as well as local teachers in the afternoon for reinforcement and daily breakfasts and fruit. Our sustainable plans implemented over the past few years see many of the older children starting and continuing further education this year thanks to the income generated by Plan Moo, Plan Cuy and Plan Pollo.
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 help neglected and remote communities receive an education here in Ecuador. The end of the school year is upon us with the children getting accustomed to travelling each day to the centralized school. We await the government decision as to whether the school will be moved yet further down the mountain in September. Muenala should be fully sustainable from September, including further education, thanks to the sustainable plans we have implemented these past years.
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 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
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