A Short History
The Phoenix Projects were started in 2002 by Dom and Doreen Williams and now work in several communities in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Perú aiming to provide primary, secondary and college education to over 1,000 children as well as implementing income and employment-generating projects and small local businesses. To see how Phoenix has evolved in each country, click on our slideshow below. For more information, please click here.
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The Phoenix Projects were initiated in Guatemala in 2002, starting a school in San Andrés Itzapa, a Kaqchikel-speaking indigenous community. Soon after, in 2004, another school was opened in Santa María de Jesús, as well, Kaqchikel-speaking. In the same year, The Phoenix Projects started operations in Honduras on fresh water tubing projects.
In 2005, we started education programs in Ecuador in the Quichua-speaking remote Andean communities of Urcusiqui, Muenala and Huayrapungo (all 3000m plus). In the same year the energy-efficient stove program was started in Guatemala which cut down wood consumption and removed smoke from the homes.
Education work began in Honduras in 2006 in the Ch’orti’ community of San Rafael, again, multi-grade classes with two teachers and no food program, which we soon implemented. We also did considerable structural changes to the school, including new roofing, toilets and a kitchen. Education opportunities after primary school were near nil. The stove project started.
Also in 2006, we started work in Perú, working in the predominantly Quechua “pueblos jovenes” in the desert communities of Sachaca, on the outskirts of Arequipa; Maldonado and Triunfo. In 2007 work was commenced in Larcacunga in Ecuador and in the following year, 2008, The Phoenix Projects opened their secondary school in San Rafael, Honduras.
In 2009, work started in Estelí, Nicaragua, building schools in La Thompson then in Alexis Arguello in 2010. In the same year, work commenced in Barbasco, Honduras. Itzapa was legalised as a formal primary school in Guatemala in 2012. In 2013, work commenced on self-sustainable income-generating projects throughout The Phoenix Projects.