Monday, August 3, 2020

Bread for KidSafe

We are thankful for an anonymous donor who provided Isa Mundo with 150 loaves of bread to help organizations providing nutritious food in communities. We were able to work with KidSafe and donated all the bread to the organization and its summer lunch program partner BitterSweet Kitchen.

BitterSweet Kitchen provides scratch made lunches with quality ingredients for elementary schools, and kids spring break and summer camps in Vancouver. This summer, BitterSweet has volunteered to make lunches for KidSafe kids and families it serves.

Isa Mundo was able to learn about BitterSweet's operations and meet the dedicated staff providing support to KidSafe. We hope to continue supporting the two organizations this year.

To learn more about BitterSweet Kitchen, visit www.bittersweetkitchen.ca






Thursday, July 16, 2020

KidSafe Project Society

Isa Mundo Foundation is happy to announce a new partnership with KidSafe Project Society based in Vancouver, BC.

KidSafe provides support to the most vulnerable children via safety, meals and education programs, ensuring that children have access to things they need and reach their full potential. They are doing amazing work in the community. We reached out to KidSafe (Janelle Zwarych, Manager, Donor Engagement) as part our new focus on working with local organizations in our communities. Through various discussions, we were made aware that the organization was in need of sanitizers and PPEs in order for volunteers and kids/families they serve to remain safe and healthy.

Isa Mundo was made aware that Key West Ford (KWF), a local dealership in New Westminster had also been supporting local community organizations during  the COVID-19 crisis. Isa Mundo reached out to KWF (Joel Isfeld) and they were happy to help the kids, staff and volunteers of KidSafe. Isa Mundo coordinated the pick up and delivery of 150 litres of sanitizers, 500 masks and 700 gloves and face shields as an initial donation to KidSafe - who were ecstatic to receive these important supplies.

We would like to thank Key West Ford for supporting local community organizations by donating much needed supplies to front line workers and those who continue to provide essential services.

A big thank you to KidSafe for doing so much for kids and families who need help in our communities and we hope to provide additional support in the coming weeks.

To learn more about KidSafe please visit their website at www.kidsafe.ca

If you are in need of a new or used vehicle, we recommend the great folks at Key West Ford.



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Supporting Heroes

Since that start of the COVID19 lockdown and travel bans, Isa Mundo has shifted its efforts in collaborating with local projects and organizations including providing much needed support to health care workers in our communities.

Isa Mundo is always looking to partner and with the help of Panago Pizza, we were able to deliver food to health care workers at the Langley Memorial Hospital, Langley BC. At the very least, we can help feed as many heroes as we can in the hospital and hope that we can make a small difference and to let them know we are thankful for all they do.

We are also grateful for the support of Panago and we hope to continue the partnership in the future.

Thank you to all the health care workers at the Langley Memorial Hospital. Your selfless service to the community is helping us all get through these tough times.


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!