Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Visitor to Pasitos de Luz / Casa Connor

We would like to share a blog written by one of Isa Mundo Foundation's project site visitors. We were able to arrange a visit to Casa Connor for Kiara Scott and family to visit the Pasitos de Luz centre.

As always, we are grateful for Teena and Peter Oudman for their dedication in coordinating visits for volunteers and travelers who are interested in seeing this important facility and space.  Thank you also to Kiara for sharing your story and experience with us.








Blog written by Kiara Scott.


On December 23rd, 2017, I had the honour to visit Casa Connor and the Pasitos de Luz centre , a facility that provides local children with disabilities with a safe, loving space. With the guidance of Teena Oudman, the cofounder of Pasitos de Luz, I was personally toured around the site. We met at the local grocery store in Puerto Vallarta and her friend drove us about a half hour out of town into an developing suburban region where Casa Connor is located. 

During the scenic drive, she told me about the history of Pasitos, how far it has come, and her visions for the future. She showed me photos of the land that Casa Connor was built on, demonstrating how it started from nothing but has grown with hope and dedication. Now, the building has taken on a beautiful, simple structure with high ceilings and cut-outs that bring life and sun light into the space. There are classrooms, a cafeteria, a kitchen, bathing rooms, physical therapy rooms, playrooms, and bedrooms. Teena spoke about the immense generosity that they have received from donors, offering up big bucks for staples like therapy baths and air conditioning. Despite these contributions, she emphasized that the organization is seeking more sustainability through monthly donations to pay the staff that keeps everything running day in and out. Seeing Casa Connor and learning about how far it has come, and seeing how much more there is to become from it, was a very humbling experience. I am inspired by the intense work and perseverance it has taken Teena and her team to build Casa Connor from the ground-up, yet, it is evident that there is an important role for each individual staff member, supporter, volunteer, and donor for the success and capacity of the organization. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

Isa Mundo Foundation has focused on education as a way out of poverty and can improve future economic situations of individuals and communities.  The UN estimates that close to half of the world's population currently lives on US$2 a day and in many regions, a sustainable employment may not be enough to get above the poverty line.

Facts and Figures from the UN include:
  • Global unemployment increased from 170 million in 2007 to nearly 202 million in 2012, of which about 75 million are young women and men.
  • Nearly 2.2 billion people live below the US$2 poverty line and that poverty eradication is only possible through stable and well-paid jobs.
  • 470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030. (www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment)
The challenge remains to create quality jobs where people can thrive and countries focus on stimulating the economy while developing safe working conditions for all.  Based on our own capacity as a small non profit organization, Isa Mundo will continue to provide educational opportunities for students in less fortunate communities. By ensuring that children have access to tools and resources to reach their full potential - we hope to contribute to improving their economic situations in the future.

To learn more about Goal #8, click on the poster Decent Work and Economic Growth: Why it Matters.






Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Boca de Tomatlan - Education Project




Isa Mundo Foundation visited Boca de Tomatlan and a start up education project focusing on English literacy and introduction to use of technology (laptops) and education software and tools to improve education attainment.

The objective is to launch the education project in partnership with the elementary school in the village and eventually having local teachers lead and manage the program with resource support from school district and other non profit organizations working in the area.

Isa Mundo is committed to support the school and current project leader (Cynthia Leigh) to deliver this project to the community.  As Cynthia stated " ... the main goal is to afford the children the opportunity to dream of brighter futures and giving them the support they need to continue with their educational goals."

We look forward to working in partnership with Cynthia and her team on this new education project in Mexico.