Sunday, March 21, 2021

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was created as a response to the killing of 69 protesters at a peaceful anti-apartheid demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960 and has been observed annualy on March 21 since 1966.

Isa Mundo Foundation continues to join all organizations, communities, individuals, businesses and institutions who are committed in supporting equality, in ending all forms of anti-discrimination and fighting for basic human rights for all. We call on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and zero tolerance on abuse and racism.

Isa Mundo also encourages all our volunteers, members and partners to promote #FightRacism which this year honours “youth standing up against racism,” honours the many young activists who are fighting for equality around the globe and calls on all of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerance".

To learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, visit the UN Observances to Eliminate Racism.

To support and promote the global youth initiative to fight racism, click #FIGHTRacism.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Isa Mundo Plans for 2021!

Boca de Tomatlan Education Project
As we prepare for 2021, we are aware this will be a different year. We could not have predicted what happened in 2020 with the COVID pandemic and the effect it would have globally. We had a few new projects to launch last year, enhance and improve existing ones and various community visits to engage with our local partners. With COVID, travel plans were cancelled, shipping of supplies were halted, fundraising slowed down and we aware that many of our projects will need have a 'reboot' in 2021.

But we were able to divert support locally in our communities and continued to find ways to give back and help out local organizations. We supported innovative outdoor education projects and Food Bank initiatives in Mexico and provided much needed funds for a gift giving celebration in the Philippines to support those most affected by the pandemic. Our local volunteers completed some important projects and we commend them for their commitment and perseverance.

For 2021, we will await when travel restrictions will be lifted, vaccines are rolled out and when it is safe again to return to our projects. We are looking forward to returning to some sort of normalcy and we aware that there will still be challenges this year. We will continue to find ways to fund our partners and encourage our network to do the same.

Please remain safe and healthy.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Successful Maligayang Paslit 2020

Isa Mundo Foundation successfully partnered with Maligayang Paslit 2020 in Bambang Bulacan. We are happy to re-connect with this important annual youth program and event that supports community building and developing young leaders. In the very challenging pandemic year of 2020, this program and celebration of community spirit provided hope and inspiration that people can still come together to lend a hand and ensure that everyone feels they are supported.

Isa Mundo provided much needed financial support to purchase food, medicine and gifts for the less fortunate in the village of Bambang. In any normal year, Maligayang Paslit celebration is one of the biggest events in the region with 1000+ children and family members participating in dance and singing competitions, inspiring speeches from local leaders and feeding as many children and youth as possible. It is the time of year when children are celebrated and youth are encouraged to give back to the community.

We will be continuing to support this event in 2021 and we hope to be in Bambang to celebrate this amazing event. 

Maraming salamat, Maligayang Paslit!

Friday, December 25, 2020

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

The year 2020 has been full of challenges and sacrifices for everyone globally but even more so for those less fortunate in the world. Our focus has always been to support children and youth who need to have access to education, improve the lives of children in child centred facilities and focus on environmental health initiatives. We often work with communities and people who are vulnerable both socially and economically and that any slight change or shift in policy, economy or social issues could have significant effects on their lives. The COVID pandemic has done just that, revealed the already widening social and economic divisions that existed before the crisis began. But communities we work and support have shown incredible resiliency, patience and hope that a better year and future are still on the horizon and believe that better days are ahead.

We have supported local organizations since the lockdown began in March and we managed to keep providing funding to communities in Mexico and Philippines. We realized that organizations we support locally are some of the most committed volunteers and will do all they can to ensure projects remain sustainable despite challenges they faced.

We want to celebrate these heroes who sacrificed time and resources to go beyond their capacity and wish them the very best this holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2021!

Thank you, Merci, Gracias, Salamat po!
Isa Mundo Foundation

** Photo is from the 2021 -13 Moons Halq’eméylem Calendar. Created and designed by Bonny Graham from Sto:lo Nation (Skwah and Snuneymuxw First Nation). To learn more about her work and commitment to preserve and promote the Halq’eméylem languge, visit her website at B.Wyse Coast Salish Art.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Adaptation is Key to Success

We wanted to highlight a great project that our education coordinator in Boca de Tomatlan (Cynthia Leigh) launched in the community. Due to the lack of access to our IMEC and the Boca Education Project facility, Cynthia still wanted to continue contributing to improving access to education for students in Boca.

Cynthia also manages a hotel in the community and offered the rooftop patio as temporary space for students to gather and learn in a safe environment. We are supportive of this project and have committed to provide funds needed to purchase school supplies and other materials for both teachers and students.

We invite our members and funders who have traveled and volunteered in Boca to do the same and divert some of our holiday stocking gifts to a few students in the community. The students have remained committed to learn so let's support them by ensuring they have the space and resources to continue their education. 

To learn more and support this program, please visit the Boca Education Project site.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Maligayang Paslit 2021

It has been a few years since we have contributed to Maligayang Paslit in Bambang Bulakan due to other priorities and launching of new projects. Given the situation of most communities and the global effect of COVID, it has been a very difficult and challenging year for most non profit organizations and charities.

Maligayang Paslit has been a consistent event in Bambang, Bulakan, led by a youth group of volunteers and funded via private and business donations. We will do our best to support this year's event and contribute in any way we can.  

For his year, there will be a Christmas Caravan Drive to provide food, cloths and gifts to most needy folks in the community and we are asking our members and funders to provide what you can. We acknowledge that most of us have given a significant amount of our time and resources and have sacrificed many things in 2020 but there are other communities that are not as fortunate as we are in Canada and a small amount will really change lives of families heading to 2021.

We thank you in advance and please stay safe and healthy.

Thank you, Merci, Gracias, Salamat po.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Boca de Tomatlan Food Bank

We are continuing our efforts to support communities we serve in Mexico, including Boca de Tomatlan. In the past few years, we have committed to develop an education project in Boca and successfully launched Isa Mundo Education Centre (IMEC) with the support of the Global Young Leaders Network. We have been gathering education supplies and technology to bring to Boca when the COVID lockdown hit.

The Boca community has been hit hard by the COVID lockdown with businesses suffering due to the lack of tourism and its trickle down effect on service industry and other jobs. This has resulted in local organizations in the region coming together to launch the Boca Food Bank to help support citizens who are most vulnerable. 

Isa Mundo has been working with local businesses and our members to collect funds to donate to the Boca Food Bank and support food delivery in the community. We would like to thank folks who have already contributed and invite others to join in providing much needed help to those less fortunate in Boca de Tomatlan. 

To learn more about the Boca Food Bank and ways to donate, visit Collectivo Viva Boca.