Friday, June 26, 2020

One Door Leads to Another

From time to time, we connect with people who are just as passionate about their work as they are with giving back to communities. We are always grateful when Isa Mundo meets such people and businesses to collaborate on a common goal.

As we look for additional storage for donations and create usable meeting space for volunteers, we need to be innovative in finding solutions during this COVID crisis. As we renovate a small garage space we needed to ensure it is secured and safe. Our volunteer contacted Lions Gate Garage Doors Ltd. (Alfredo) to provide a quote for a new garage door. Upon arriving on-site, Alfredo was able to provide sound advice and found a cost effective solution for our project. Alfredo was also keen on learning more about Isa Mundo and committed to helping us. Alfredo was able to contact North West Door (NWD) and in turn, NWD donated a garage door free of charge. Lions Gate Garage Doors Ltd. (LGGD) matched the in-kind donation by providing free labour to complete the project. 

Isa Mundo Foundation committed to donate to the Boca Education Project in Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico on behalf of LGGD and NWD based on their contributions. Our organization wanted to pay forward this kind gesture and continue to support our projects in communities we serve. We will be focusing on providing food hampers for families in Boca de Tomatlan via the local Food Bank. We will send an update from the community once our support reaches Boca in the coming week.

Thank you to North West Door and Lions Gate Garage Door Ltd, specially Alfredo - for their commitment to support our work and improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Update from Empowerment International

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We wanted to highlight the incredible work of Kathy Adams and her team at Empowerment International in Nicaragua. The organization, its staff and volunteers have committed to improve educational opportunities in the country since 2004 and its program has reached an annual school retention rate of over 96% since 2008 in communities they serve.

We still hope to return to Nicaragua in the near future to continue to find a way to collaborate and partner with Empowerment again. For those interested in sponsoring students and supporting Empowerment, please visit their website at www.empowermentinternational.org

For an update, please click on their current INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

COVID Mundo


We wanted to provide an update on how COVID19 has affected our work at Isa Mundo Foundation. Like many other families, communities, businesses, institutes and non-profits worldwide, the Isa Mundo family and community of members and supporters have been hit by this crisis.

The cancellation of the Mexico trip in March affected the donation of much needed education supplies to Boca school and surrounding areas that we planned. The upgrade of technological supplies to Bambang Elementary School in the Philippines was also affected as fundraising stalled due to economic turmoil, increased unemployment and social distancing. We respect efforts being made by our Isa Mundo members and volunteers to find ways to support each other and community partners we serve.

At this time, we have contacted local organizations in Ottawa and Vancouver to offer our support and engage in a discussion as to how we can divert some of our funds to local charities and projects. In the spirit of partnership, we will work with local organizations and continue providing assistance to less fortunate citizens in our communities.

As part of our Isa Mundo protocol, we want to remind everyone that if you are not feeling well to quarantine, self-isolate and call emergency / visit local hospitals if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID19. To learn more about COVID19 Symptoms and Treatment - visit the Public Health Agency Canada website.

In addition, we encourage all Mundoers:

1) To practice good hygiene at home and abroad.
2) Wash your hands often with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
3) For those who will need to travel back to Canada and/or return to their home countries from regions where our projects are located, please keep up to date on screening protocols for airports you are transiting through and have customers service numbers for your airlines ready to call.
4) Be aware of travel insurance ie: trip disruption, medical, trip cancellation and call your personal insurance and travel advisors.
5) Know where your home country's consulate or embassies are located and register on-line before you depart.

Stay safe and healthy and we will get through this together.

Salamat po, Thank you, Merci, Gracias !


Posters courtesy of WHO COVID19 Infographics





Sunday, March 15, 2020

MEXICO TRIP UPDATE!!

Sadly and with a heavy heart, we wanted to inform our volunteers, members and local organizations and schools we serve that we have cancelled our trip to Mexico due to the COVID19 crisis. This decision was based on advice from public health agencies, airline partners, sponsors and also our project coordinators on the ground in Mexico.

It was not an easy decision as our flights were booked, donations packed and we had aligned supplies to be purchased upon arrival to support our projects in Mexico. But for the safety of everyone, we must all practice social distancing at the moment and we hope to re-book this trip in the near future.

We will continue to find ways to bring our donated supplies to our partners and we thank everyone and specifically our airline partners and folks who provide discounted accommodations to Mundoers when we visit. We cannot thank you enough for your patience in refunding our costs and fees.


To learn more about the COVID19 and how to remain safe and healthy, please review information available at Public Health Agency of Canada and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov.

Take care of yourself and each other!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Hola Mexico!!

We have set our dates for the first trip to Mexico in 2020. We will be arriving the week of March 16th and will visit Boca de Tomatlan school and Casa Connor/Pasitos de Luz.

The main for focus in Boca will be to assess how to launch a feeding program to allow students to have a meal while in school. There are still students in the area that may not have access to food while in school which affects their studies. Isa Mundo is hoping to provide one meal per week (either breakfast or lunch) for as long as funding is available. Our goal is that other organizations will be able to support or sponsor monthly/ yearly to continue the program.

We will also provide additional supplies and funding our IMEC in Boca and meet with education coordinator, Cynthia Leigh, to learn about educational goals and activities for 2020.

As we always do in every visit in the PV area, we are meeting with Teena and Peter, Arturo and the rest of the Pasitos de Luz staff at Casa Connor to visit the children and hear their plans for 2020. We will be learning more about the construction of the outdoor therapeutic pool and begin our own plans on how to contribute to completing this project.

To donate to all these projects and causes, visit the Donate link at www.isamundo.org

Gracias, Merci, Thank you!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Preparation for Mexico Trip

We are in the midst of preparing for the first trip to Mexico in 2020. We are hoping to once again partner with GYLN and provide much needed support for local projects in the state of Jalisco, mostly in Puerto Vallarta, Boca de Tomatlan, Yelapa and Nayarit.

The focus in 2020 will be to improve existing projects in local communities we partnered with in 2019: Boca de Tomatlan Education Projects; Casa Connor / Pasitos de Luz; Yelapa community projects. But we also want to begin expanding in other regions to allow volunteers to experience and learn from other organizations focusing on health, marine conservation and youth leadership.

We will keep everyone up to date and encouraging Mundoers to begin gathering educational, technological and medical supplies to bring to communities we serve. Thank you in advance.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Manigong Bagong Taon - Happy New Year - Feliz Año Nuevo - Bonne Année

Wishing everyone the very best in 2020! We are grateful for our network of individuals, groups and corporations who continue to provide much needed funding to complete our projects.

In 2019, we funded access to technology, improve nutrition of children in day care centre, provided books and school materials, improve water quality and supported teachers in various educational facilities. These would not have happen without the commitment and passion of Mundoers who took their time to travel and visit communities we serve.

Isa Mundo will begin to make a few changes in 2020. Moving towards a stronger focus on education and expansion of the Isa Mundo Education Centre (IMEC) and using the facility to strengthen and improve our objectives.

We intend to deliver a life skills program for children and youth and a community sustainability initiative with a focus on green living and conservation. These objectives will be part of the curriculum within the IMEC thus providing efficiency in reaching as many community members as possible.