Jun 25, 2021

How the projects have coped so far in 2021

Central Plan Huerto
Central Plan Huerto

Honduras continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic with cases remaining high and hospitals at breaking point. Limited testing, a slow vaccine roll-out and a lack of adherence to safety rules compound the problems already faced in the country, particularly in rural areas where we work.

Our local teachers continue to head out into the communities regularly for teaching and homework setting due to the Covid situation as virtual classes are not possible due to lack of internet and technology. With the students’ own parents’ literacy capabilities being limited to none, especially in further education, these visits are their only opportunity to ask questions. Staggered classroom opening was due to start from the end of February though rising cases of Covid-19 postponed this indefinitely.

As part of the agricultural course in our college the students undergo hands-on learning with all types of agricultural techniques from start to finish including soil, irrigation, fertilizers and different vegetable cycles for local market and export. By having a centralized Phoenix Plan Huerto the students can learn the process from start to finish and set up their own businesses, with our help, for their future. We plan to increase these plans in the second half of the year.

This year’s GlobalGiving Bonus Day will be celebrated is on 14th July where donations between $100 and $1,000 will be matched at varying levels whilst funds remain from 9am Eastern Time. The following matching structure will apply:

Donations of $100 - $499 will be matched at 15%

Donations of $500 - $749 will be matched at 30%

Donations of $750 - $1,000 will be matched at 50%

With fundraising events having been put on hold for the past year and half this is a fantastic way to help us raise the extra funds we need to keep the projects and education going in all our countries. If you can, please do donate early from 9am ET on 14th July to take advantage of the matching bonusses as the extra funds tend to go quite quickly and thank you so much in advance!

We are also looking for partnerships with businesses as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programs as we look to implement more sustainable income plans in all our communities over the coming years. If you know of a company looking to expand their own CSR program and wanting to support projects in Latin America, please do email me on info@thephoenixprojects.org By using the tax benefits for all US taxpaying companies by donating through GlobalGiving it is a CSR program which is beneficial to all parties, especially if the donation is made on the July 14th Bonus Day!

Thanks again for all your support and all the best for the second half of 2021

Cheers

Learning agricultural techniques
Learning agricultural techniques
Cucumber crop
Cucumber crop
Cucumbers
Cucumbers
Small business ideas for the future
Small business ideas for the future

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Jun 25, 2021

How the projects have coped so far in 2021

College scholarships
College scholarships

Guatemala is still struggling to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic with cases remaining stubbornly high and hospitals close to breaking point. Limited testing, a slow vaccine roll-out and fragmented adherence to safety protocols compound the problems already faced in the country, especially in rural areas.

Our fifty secondary school and college scholarship students from six different communities around Lake Atitlán continue to learn from home with no classroom-based teaching during the first half of the year. They have been unable to receive virtual classes due to lack of internet so walk to the school regularly to pick up and drop off homework. Due to their parents’ literacy capabilities being limited to none, especially in further education, these visits are their only opportunity to ask questions. Teachers are due to start being vaccinated over the next few weeks so it is hoped that some degree of group learning will be allowed in the second half of the year and final exams.

The sewing business we implemented last year continues to be a success and we have added more single mothers over the past few months, including mothers of the recipients of our scholarships. We even have some elderly members of the community keen to learn new techniques to be able to generate their own income.

This year’s GlobalGiving Bonus Day will be celebrated is on 14th July where donations between $100 and $1,000 will be matched at varying levels whilst funds remain from 9am Eastern Time. The following matching structure will apply:

Donations of $100 - $499 will be matched at 15%

Donations of $500 - $749 will be matched at 30%

Donations of $750 - $1,000 will be matched at 50%

With fundraising events having been put on hold for the past year and half this is a fantastic way to help us raise the extra funds we need to keep the projects and education going in all our countries. If you can, please do donate early from 9am ET on 14th July to take advantage of the matching bonusses as the extra funds tend to go quite quickly and thank you so much in advance!

We are also looking for partnerships with businesses as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programs as we look to implement more sustainable income plans in all our communities over the coming years. If you know of a company looking to expand their own CSR program and wanting to support projects in Latin America, please do email me on info@thephoenixprojects.org By using the tax benefits for all US taxpaying companies by donating through GlobalGiving it is a CSR program which is beneficial to all parties, especially if the donation is made on the July 14th Bonus Day!

Thanks again for all your support and all the best for the second half of 2021

Cheers

Sewing project
Sewing project
Benefitting local families
Benefitting local families
Never too old to learn new skills
Never too old to learn new skills
...and also never too young to learn!
...and also never too young to learn!

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Jun 25, 2021

How the projects have coped so far in 2021

Local Phoenix teacher Gladys
Local Phoenix teacher Gladys

The school year draws to a close this month with all the children graduating despite limited classroom teaching coupled with teachers’ visits to the children’s homes in the four rural communities where they live. Due to their parents’ own literacy capabilities being extremely limited these visits and staggered classroom time are their only opportunity to ask questions.

The Ministry of Health had visited the school and given the official green light for classes to be delivered in-person in March a couple of days a week thanks to all the protocols we had and continue to put in place. Previously the parents had given their consent for classrooms to be open on a staggered basis.

The Easter Fanesca (traditional bean and potato-based soup) and Day of the Child was somewhat different this year due to bans on communal meetings. We purchased the ingredients so the Fanesca could be made in the school by our local teachers and some mothers which was then taken back home in pots so the families could enjoy it together with their elderly relatives. To celebrate Day of the Child we brought cake for the children to eat at home as well.

With classes being held sporadically and with different grades per day due to Covid restrictions we took advantage of the “empty” school to do some maintenance, including a new paint-job.

We also started a communal sustainable plan, involving chickens, guinea pigs and chanchos (pigs) which will provide regular income for emergency supplies over the coming months, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable. We will be making substantial investment in more sustainable plans for the families this year and into 2022.

This year’s GlobalGiving Bonus Day will be celebrated is on 14th July where donations between $100 and $1,000 will be matched at varying levels whilst funds remain from 9am Eastern Time. The following matching structure will apply:

Donations of $100 - $499 will be matched at 15%

Donations of $500 - $749 will be matched at 30%

Donations of $750 - $1,000 will be matched at 50%

With fundraising events having been put on hold for the past year and half this is a fantastic way to help us raise the extra funds we need to keep the projects and education going in all our countries. If you can, please do donate early from 9am ET on 14th July to take advantage of the matching bonusses as the extra funds tend to go quite quickly and thank you so much in advance!

We are also looking for partnerships with businesses as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programs as we look to implement more sustainable income plans in all our communities over the coming years. If you know of a company looking to expand their own CSR program and wanting to support projects in Latin America, please do email me on info@thephoenixprojects.org By using the tax benefits for all US taxpaying companies by donating through GlobalGiving it is a CSR program which is beneficial to all parties, especially if the donation is made on the July 14th Bonus Day!

Thank you all so much for your continued support and all the best for the second half of 2021!

cheers

Painting the school
Painting the school
Plan Pollo for the elderly
Plan Pollo for the elderly
Day of the child
Day of the child
Fanesca "to go"
Fanesca "to go"
Staggered classes
Staggered classes

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