Monday, January 3, 2022

TAO Education Fund @ Boca de Tomatlan

Happy New Year -  Feliz Año Nuevo - Bonne anné! We wish all our members, supporters, partners, volunteers and everyone the very best for a peaceful, healthy and prosperous 2022!

We want to start the year by highlighting the first official funded event for TAO Education Fund  (TEF) in Boca de Tomatlan. The end of the calendar school year (2021) was held at the rooftop of La Posada Pacifica and coordinated by owner Cynthia Leigh who is also the lead and founder of the Boca de Tomatlan Community Education Program. The event was to acknowledge and provide awards to deserving students and to celebrate their achievements. Isa Mundo will continue to provide financial support to communities and education projects and we are grateful for those who contributed to the TEF. 

Highlights from the TEF event can be seen at the Boca de Tomatlan Community Education Program page.




Saturday, December 25, 2021

Happy Holidays / Joyeuses Fêtes!

Dear friends of the Isa Mundo Foundation, This past year, with your support and contributions, we were able to help children, families, and communities in Mexico and the Philippines. On behalf of all those who have benefited from your generosity, we at the Isa Mundo Foundation thank you wholeheartedly for your ongoing support and commitment to improving the present and future of so many. We look forward to the upcoming year as we continue, together, to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Happy Holidays! 

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Chers amis de la fondation Isa Mundo, Grâce à votre appui et vos contributions, nous avons pu faire une différence dans la vie de plusieurs enfants, familles et communautés du Mexique et des Philippines. Tous les gens qui ont profité de votre générosité, ainsi que la Fondation Isa Mundo, vous sont reconnaissants et vous remercient d’avoir contribué à leur bien-être d’aujourd’hui et de demain. Nous vous souhaitons tous de Joyeuses Fêtes!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Making A Difference: Casa Connor / Pasitos de Luz Fundraising

We want to remind all our members and supporters that the second annual Making A Difference on-line auction is now underway. All proceeds from this important event is to ensure the continuation and improvement of all the necessary services offered by Pasitos de Luz at Casa Connor. 

As most of you know, we have been visiting Casa Connor for years and have contributed resources, funding and brought groups to Mexico to see and meet the amazing staff and of course, the wonderful kids and their families.

This year is an important one as we slowly recover economically and socially from the pandemic. As much as individuals, families, communities and businesses have suffered, non profit organizations worldwide have either closed or doing minimal service to those in needs. Casa Connor provides service and support that are unlike anything else in the Jalisco/Nayarit region. It is not just a safe and nurturing place for children and youth with disabilities but it is also a medical centre. It provides physical, medical, speech therapy, nutrition and even respite relief for families. And all services are free of charge!

We encourage you all to visit the on-line site and contribute what you can. The auction can be accessed at Making A Difference 2.

 Thank you / Gracias / Merci

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Isa Mundo - Supporter Spotlight

Isa Mundo Foundation was one of KidSafe Project Society's "Supporter Spotlight" this month. We are proud to collaborate with KidSafe and will find other ways to partner in the coming year. Our highlight can be seen here: Isa Mundo - Supporter Spotlight.

Isa Mundo partnered with Translink to secure much needed Compass tickets to allow children, youth and families to attend an important youth event and end of summer gathering. We are thankful for Translink's continued support to help local organizations who are providing services to support community members.

To support KidSafe, please visit its website at www.kidsafe.ca

To learn more about Translink's programs, visit its Community Sponsorships and Partnerships page.

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 

Isa Mundo Foundation acknowledges and supports Canada's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTC) that occurred on September 30th. The NDTC was announced in June 2021 as part of the Government of Canada's commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action #80: We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.  

September 30th is also known as Orange Shirt Day. It is a time to recognize, raise awareness and create meaningful discussions on the effects of residential schools on survivors, their families and communities. It is also a time to reflect, remember and continue to learn about Indigenous cultures, languages, heritage, traditions and most importantly, the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Isa Mundo Foundation members and volunteers - from Ottawa to Toronto to Edmonton and Vancouver - donated to the Orange Shirt Society, volunteered at Indigenous led organizations, attended gatherings to support survivors and community members and committed to develop various resources and tools in their workplaces to educate colleagues on the history of residential schools. We are aware that these actions will not be enough to heal deep wounds from 100+ years of marginalization and oppression against Indigenous peoples but we all need to take steps to accept and recognize the truth and to listen to oral stories and teachings of Indigenous Elders and survivors. We have a shared history and Canada's narrative is not all positive. And for non-Indigenous peoples, we need to understand and accept that we all have a responsibility as individuals and as a collective to progress reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island.

To learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

To learn more about and contribute to the annual Orange Shirt Day, visit the Orange Shirt Society.






Monday, August 9, 2021

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

On August 9th each year, the world celebrates and promotes the cultures, languages and contributions of Indigenous peoples to improve our environment and society.

Indigenous Peoples reside in some of the most diverse ecosystems, landscapes and communities globally. But many remain marginalized, oppressed, face human rights abuse and lack basic nutrition, housing and education. In our travels and doing international projects, we have seen some of the poorest communities in the world along with inadequate conditions Indigenous Peoples endure.  Despite their challenges, community members remain passionate to preserve their cultures and traditional knowledge and ensure a healthy future for their children. We continue to support projects in Indigenous communities worldwide and we invite everyone to join us.

To learn more about this year's theme, visit the United Nations website at the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

TAO Education Fund

We are excited to formally announce a new Isa Mundo Foundation education funding - the TAO Education Fund. Inspired by a small donation we completed in January 2021, we have had interests in expanding and continuing this support to our existing schools and education centres. The TAO Education Fund (TEF) will provide small scholarships to deserving students who show exemplary dedication to education and school work. It would also provide much needed financial support to students who may not have necessary funds to purchase school materials, uniforms and food. 

The TEF will be working closely with our schools, teachers, administrators and volunteers in Mexico, Philippines, Peru, Guatemala and Nicagua where our Isa Mundo Education Centres are located. We hope to support 4-5 students per month ranging from $100-$500 CDN. We look forward to reaching out to our existing Isa Mundo partners and network to promote and support this newly launched education fund that will improve the educational opportunities of many students globally.
 

About the Logo:

Chinese seals, also called chops, signets, or stamps, are historically used to prove identity of a person, a social group, a government or even the country itself. Traditionally, these seals appear on various articles such as paintings, documents, diplomas, checks and receipts. Today, these seals continue to be prominent, mostly in artistic works such as paintings and calligraphy pieces.

We designed this logo to resemble a family’s seal – the signature and symbolic embodiment of the Tao family. The Tao () last name traces back to 4,300 years ago to Emperor Yao, also known as Taotang. His descendants would later branch out to different last names, one of them being the Tao () last name.

There exists different forms of the Chinese character – Tao (), as the Chinese language evolved throughout history. For this logo, we have chosen the modern form of the character to reflect the current era of the Tao family.

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Tao (or Dao) signifies "way", "path", "route" or "universe" in Chinese. There are many interpretations of Tao (Dao) such as with the doctrine attached to Taoism where humans and animals should live in balance with the universe.

In the Tagalog/Filipino language, Tao (tah-oh) means human/person and regarded as an individual. It is fitting that the TAO Education Fund's name carries important meaning in supporting young people and students to achieve their full potential.