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 pay for local teachers who were once our students for 400 children to receive official education in pre-school and primary as well as daily fruit.
We aim to start sustainable income plans in 2015 to help our graduating students through secondary school, college and even university.
Plan Estufa was set up to provide energy efficient stoves and nullifying in-house air pollution and Plan Reforestación gives income to the mothers, as well as planting 25,000 trees each year. Plan Moo (income generated by milk) and other sustainable income-generating plans have been 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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