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Guatemala - Santa María opened its doors on 4th Feb to 140 children of which 40 are new from the ages of four and five. We welcome back Stephen Leather and Priti for a few weeks. Carnival was celebrated with Pica Pica in Itzapa on 12th.
Honduras – Primary, secondary and college started on 4th in San Rafael: 14 in 1st grade with Phomolo, 15 in 2nd, 12 in 3rd, 19 in 4th, 11 in 5th and 11 in 6th. In the Phoenix Secondary School and College we have 13 in 7th, 16 in 8th, 10 in 9th, 11 in 10th and 18 in 11th.
Nicaragua – Matriculation and cleaning between 1st-8th and all prepared for 11th, when the schools restarted; Día del Cariño was celebrated on 14th and Plan Identidad on 15th, learning about national poet, Ruben Dario; football match and school trip on 22nd; birthdays 27th.
Ecuador – 2nd – Zoe and Al´s Muenala wedding in Muenala – the photos are a treat!; 1st-18th school holidays. Carnival 11th-12th – the foam and water fights! First harvest of Sustainable Plan Iron Woman. Muenala brings in recycling, bird feeders and plants and the Larcacunga community visit the four lakes in the area.
Charity Challenges – none
Feb 13th – Mar 30th – Ella Fearon, ex-Phoenix staff and now Fly The Phoenix Trustee is a teacher, and her school, St. Augustine’s primary school in Gateshead, UK, is running a Lent Fundraiser, learning about our projects in Guatemala and raising money for the schools.
Feb 14th – ex-Guatemala volunteer and staff (2006-2008) and now teacher Shonagh MacKenzie held a fundraising event at her school, Carlton Junior and Infant School, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, UK. We held a school-to-school skype conversation on 30th January.
17th – Ritsuko Birch, friend of Phoenix, birthday fundraiser
25th – Kate Downer, volunteer in Nicaragua in 2010, and RS Consulting held an Oscars Party fundraiser for the projects including a film quiz, lunch and a guessing game. (Kate won the prize for fewest correct guesses for the second year in a row, which she is truly proud of!)
25th – Teacher Annie Clark (volunteer in Ecuador in 2010) and her school, Barn Croft Primary School, Walthamstow, London, UK, are holding a fundraiser assembly to learn about the projects in Ecuador and raise money for the projects.
26th – Brianna Bienkiewicz, volunteer in Guatemala in 2009 and now teacher is holding a fundraiser in Rhode Island, US. Amongst other things, she is giving Guatemalan articles, like bracelets, hair-ties, worry dolls, purses and key-rings which we sent up, in exchange for donations.
Thankyou to RS Consulting, UK; they regularly support our sports programs in Nicaragua.
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