In Ecuador our running costs are $48,000 a year which cover everything from daily food and fruit, daily transport, secondary school scholarships and self-sustainable income plans. Please click on the thumbnails below to see it all in detail.
Every day we provide a hot meal for the children to maintain a regular diet. Temperatures can plummet in the Andes and the importance of a hot meal cannot be underestimated, as well as daily fruit for vitamins. We budget $10,000 a year.
Ecuador is susceptible to climatic phenomena and we want to have a disaster fund of $3,000 in place to give immediate support to our communities
The Phoenix Team costs $8,500 a year, including accommodation, food, communications and materials
We introduced Plan Moo a few years back, whereby each family receives a milk-producing cow, the proceeds of which once the milk is sold go towards covering secondary school costs. For $800 a cow, the initial investment is paid back after a few years and the plan becomes sustainable. We plan to invest more into Plan Moo over the coming years to help cover projects costs.
We spend $7,000 a year providing the children and the schools with the necessary materials for their education , including arts and crafts, pens and crayons. We also invest in textbooks for the schools to work from and run a Summer School where children can receive reinforcement.
Each year we spend over $12,000 on daily transport to the remote communities in which we and the local teachers work. The roads are mostly unpaved and without this transport, the teachers would have to work miles with their materials to get to the schools.
Plan Ironwoman is a new scheme, costing $3,000 to implement, whereby we create gardens and provide the mothers’ with seeds for iron-rich vegetables. Child-malnutrition, especially iron-deficiency is a major problem in the communities and by changing the diets of the mothers-to-be before they give birth can address this imbalance.