The Phoenix Projects began in Kaqchikel-speaking (click here for some vocabulary) San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala in 2002 and expanded into Santa María de Jesús in 2004. We built schools for children to receive first-time education and now fund over 600 children to receive official education in pre-school, primary, secondary and college levels, aswell as daily fruit, breakfasts and birthday celebrations.
To include the whole family in the education process, thus keeping children in school, Plan Estufa was set up to provide energy efficient stoves and nullifying in-house air pollution, Plan Ancianos was set up to give the grandparents vital food parcels every three months; Plan Fertilizante provides fertilizer to the fathers to ensure better quality crops, weather permitting and Plan Reforestación gives income to the mothers, as well as planting over 20,000 trees each year. Plan Moo (income generated by milk) and Plan Arbeja China (green beans) will be started to cover the costs of local teacher salaries as our school in Itzapa became recognised in 2012 and Santa María will follow suit soon.
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