A big 'Thank You' to "Knights of Columbus, St. John Fisher Council 12856 (serving St.James and St.Thomas More)" who have just spent the afternoon helping us with the refurbishment of our new community center. They demoed, gutted and started the preperation work required. Please click here to view some photos.
Fred's Bike Challenge !
Phoenix Children's Project are proud to announce "Fred's Bike Challenge" - open to children of the "Phoenix Children's Project" in 1st to 8th Grade, who promise to not miss one day of school between Oct 29 and Dec 31, 2012 !
Take up the challenge for your chance to win a brand new bike !. To find out how to take part please vist the news page.
Phoenix Children's Project is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in poverty in Phoenix, Arizona. Our goal is to help these children become healthy, self-reliant adults. First we help feed and clothe them; then we teach them how to help themselves so they can break the chain and create better lives for themselves as adults. In turn the community benefits.
Who we help
We help children living below poverty level in the Metro Phoenix area. Most of these children live in government housing and come from households with a total annual income of less than $9,000. They are well loved and happy children.
- Childrens ages range from 0-16 years
- Most come from single-parent homes with four or more siblings
How we help
Phoenix Children's Project assists in providing food, clothing and shelter for poverty-stricken children. We also help provide everyday essentials and assist with unexpected needs such as utility assistance, medical, hygiene needs, school requirements, etc.
We are committed to helping the kids build self-esteem and self-worth because the rewards of this world are endless if children are confident in their capabilities. Our volunteers and mentors are positive role models who inspire and encourage these kids to focus on education and well-being. Many of these children have never been exposed to the simple things in life that you or I may take for granted such as going to the movies, or even walking through a mall. Seeing these things helps expand their horizons and helps them set goals.
In addition to providing necessities for survival, we are committed to helping the kids' build the tools they will need to become healthy and responsible, contributing adults.
We help teach them how they can change their own lives to be more productive adults. They can achieve all they want too if they believe in themselves, get good grades in school and know they are loved. The older kids can earn a trip to Disneyland or summer camp by getting good grades in school. The rewards of this world are endless if they are confident in their capabilities.
We will also help the parents learn to fend for themselves. We will "give them fish a few times" but then "we teach them to fish". We help the poor help themselves. Most of the parents of these kids are uneducated so how can they teach their kids these important things if no one taught them?
We also emphasize teaching the children manners which are important in getting ahead. Most of the parents haven't taught their children manners because they themselves don't understand the importance because again, no one taught them. This whole thing is just a vicious chain that needs to be broken.