Wednesday, December 28, 2011
We look forward to working with all of you in the coming year in completing new projects that will improve the lives of those less fortunate in the world.
We wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!!
from the Isa Mundo Foundation.
ps. 2011 also produced Isa Mundo's newest Mundoer - Sila Lacasse
Welcome Sila to Isa Mundo and may you continually teach us to be the change, you wish to see in the world.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Isa Mundo will be assessing how we can collaborate with Mr. Aranda to support his present and future conservation projects in Mexico.
To learn more about the Sociedad Ecologica de Occidente - visit their website at www.vallartanature.org
To see the CNN Heroes Award video please click on CNN Heroes Award - Saving the Planet.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Volcanes Primary School Update
The IMEC is now part of the overall Education Project in Volcanes and we hope to continue working in collaboration with the school and Cafe Roma to improve the centre and their project in 2012.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sinacaban Central School
The school has a total enrollment of 384 pupils and 20 teachers. This is just a small central school with only 20 teachers. Although this is a complete elementary school with a graduation rate of 97%, there are still students who are not able to graduate due to poverty.
The objective of the IMEC in Sinacaban School will be to improve academic performance and increase computer literacy of students. Isa Mundo will continue the discussion with the school and assess the feasability of completing this project. We hope to find support for this project and help improve the education opportunities of students in this community.
Friday, November 11, 2011
New Website Design
We hope to launch the new website before end of the year! Stay tuned
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The new Isa Mundo Postcard
We will be releasing the template for our newly designed website in November. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The new Isa Mundo Brochure
Let us know what you think.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
IMEC Newsletter Report
Friday, September 2, 2011
The Honda Way is The Right Way !!
The Honda Way was able to identify a suitable transportation vehicle for Isa Mundo that allows us to pick up and drop off donation supplies to various partners and non profit organizations. The Hybrid vehicle fits well with the Foundation's focus on Environmental Health by reducing our carbon footprint while providing an economically and environmentally safe transportation.
By providing a discount to the Foundation, we were able to use the additional savings to help complete our education centre projects located in poor communities in Mexico, Nicaragua and Philippines. The funds were used to purchase basic school materials, computers and other educational tools. The Isa Mundo Education Centre represents a symbol of hope and gives young students equal access to educational tools that will enhance their learning opportunities and improve their situation in the future.
Thank you Honda Way for your contribution locally and globally to various communities.
To learn more about Honda Way and the services they provide, please visit their website at www.hondaway.com
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Update IMEC in Ghana
Isa Mundo Foundation is partnering with Direct Assistance Network - Ghana to create our first Isa Mundo Education Centre in Africa.
As of this month, the freight containing computers, laptops and hardware are on their way to Ghana. All of these technological tools will be used to improve educational opportunities, especially for girls in rural Ghana.
Direct Assistance Network was founded with a mandate that 'education is the only way to end inequality and injustice as well as further hope for a better world. Not only is is a fundamental human right, it enhances lives and will end generational cycles of poverty and disease"
We are grateful for the opportunity to work in partnership with Direct Assistance Network in order to improve the educational opportunities of students in rural Ghana.
To learn more about this organization, read the Direct Assistance Network Brochure.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Bicycles for Humanity
BFH is a grassroots organization that works in partnership with many volunteers to ship containers of bicycles to Africa to improve mobility, gain access to food and water, efficient travel for medical help, travel to school and employment and "the first mode of transportation on their journey from poverty to a better life".
BFH knows that bicycle are one of the simplest transport technologies, they are affordable and can be maintained anywhere in the world with minimal tools and spare parts. In places where transport options are severely restricted, bicycles greatly improve personal mobility and enable people to determine their own schedules. But in the poorest communities in Africa, bicycles are still not affordable.
According to BFH, only a fraction of the rich world's bicycles are shipped to developing countries and millions of bicycles are discarded each year. BFH is working with various communities in Canada to gather bicycles to be shipped to Africa to improve the lives of families and communities.
You can learn more about the work BFH is doing by visiting their website at www.bicycles-for-humanity.org
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Isa Mundo Madres!
This month, we wanted to say a special thank you to the 'Madres' of Isa Mundo. These are mothers who continually donate used baby and children's clothes, toys and books to the Foundation. They are aware of the work we do in orphanages and children centred facilities in developing countries and these Madres have found ways to support our work despite their busy parenting schedules and responsibilities. These newborn and children's clothes/toys will be put to good use and are appreciated by all organizations we partner with.
We are grateful for the time our Madres are taking to sort, store and clean these clothes and toys - and we know that all less fortunate babies and children who receive them are forever grateful too. Yay for all the Madres of the world!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
UPDATE - IMEC in Bambang, Philippines
After months of research and negotiating how to purchase supplies to expand the Isa Mundo Education Centre (IMEC) in Bambang, we have decided to purchase 3 additional desktops computers, projector screen and additional school supplies in Vancouver, BC with the help of our new friends at Staples Store #254.
We will be sending these tech supplies in two boxes via freight this month and should arrive in the Philippines by August. We hope that this will further improve the IMEC in Bambang which is our Foundation's first completed education centre project. Since 2009, the IMEC in Bambang has proven to improve students' grades by accessing world wide web educational resources and on-line information.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
3rd IMEC in Mexico
In partnership with Café Roma's Kids program, we will be using volunteers travelling to the Puerto Vallarta area in the next few months and requesting them to deliver each laptops to the school. We hope to have the IMEC in Volcanes completed by September 2011.
As always, we are grateful to all our volunteers who are continually doing their part to help complete our projects. The 3rd IMEC in Mexico would not be a success without your support and dedication. Muchas gracias!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Cathy Bélanger Award for Paul Lorilla
The statement from Canadian Heritage summarized that:
"Paul exemplifies the best of public service ideals and values. His commitment to excellence is reflected not only in his work with Canadian Heritage but also in his work with Isa Mundo, a private foundation that he started to ensure that healthy and sustainable communities could be achieved in all corners of the world. Paul works tirelessly to ensure that the poorest communities in the world see prosperity by bringing together people and resources in a way that maximizes impact. We have seen that same energy and dedication applied to his work with Aboriginal communities in Canada. In his work at Canadian Heritage, he invests significant time and energy mentoring and coaching other staff. As founder of Isa Mundo, Paul demonstrates great leadership in leading positive change."
Sunday, June 5, 2011
IMEC in Nica
We are happy to announce that a small Isa Mundo Education Centre (IMEC) was completed in Granada, Nicaragua in partnership with Empowerment International (EI). Isa Mundo was able to provide Acer netbooks to allow students to have access to technology as part of their learning environment. We will continue to find ways to support the expansion of this IMEC by providing additional tools such as education software and school supplies.
We would like to thank our volunteer, Neeraj Jain, for travelling to Nicaragua and working with EI to set up the IMEC. We are also grateful that he took his time to offer an orientation on basic computer and internet application skills to students.
Isa Mundo is committed to work with EI to improve student's access to technological and learning tools in order to progress their education.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Soccer Without Borders
Isa Mundo partnered with SWB and was able to deliver the netbooks successfully to our volunteer in Nicaragua to set up the IMEC at Empowerment International. We would like to thank SWB for their support and we hope to find a way to work together to complete a future project in Nicaragua.
To learn more about SWB, please visit their website at SoccerWithoutBorders.org.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
A special thank you!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Introducing Café Roma's Kids Program
Café Roma's Kids has been involved in supporting education and social programs in the Puerto Vallarta region by providing school supplies, funding teacher's wages, hosting fundraising efforts and even creating Pizza Party days to help feed less fortunate children in the area. The organization decided that they wanted to get involved with another school in the poor Colonia of Volcanes and immediately began supplying teacher assistants and school supplies to students. The organization also envisioned starting a computer centre as part of the students' curriculum and this idea fits well with Isa Mundo's IMEC concept.
We are looking forward to this partnership and we hope to finish our 3rd IMEC project (and the first) in Mexico with the help of the Café Roma's Kids Program. Stay tuned for updates!
To learn more about our new partner, visit their website at Café Roma's Kids Program.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Project Site Visit - Volcanes Primary School
Isa Mundo Foundation visited the new Volcanes Primary School located 5 kilometres inland in a Colonia called Volcanes just outside of Puerto Vallarta. Volcanes is also one of the barrios (neighborhoods) that Feed the Children organization targets with their feeding, education, day care and other programs. Isa Mundo has been working with Feed the Children since 2006.
The Volcanes School is a public funded school and has recently built a new addition to expand their existing rooms. The school focuses on math and English with hopes of starting a computer learning program in the near future. Mundoers visited the school to assess the location for a future Isa Mundo Education Centre (IMEC). Isa Mundo will focus its efforts in partnering with the school as part of the grant from MacEwen College's Global Education Fund. In addition, Mundoers also donated 4 boxes of books donated to help expand the limited supply of books at the school. We are grateful for the support and donation of books from the Vancouver Public Library.
We would also like to extend a big 'muchas gracias' to Art Fumerton for once again giving Isa Mundo a tour of the school and other projects in the area, his knowledge and experience in Mexico have been valuable to our work and project assessments both past and present
We hope to work in partnership with both the school and local organizations in the region to help build our first IMEC in Mexico. Stay tuned
Sunday, April 17, 2011
What about teenage orphans?
Mundoers took the opportunity to visit the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (RISE) during their trip to Puerto Vallarta. RISE is a non-profit shelter for babies and children under the age of 18 who have been turned over by the National Agency of Family Development (DIF), a Mexican government social services organization that protects the rights of children. Many of the children brought to RISE are not available for adoption; however, they spend their lifetime living at RISE. Numerous children come from unbearable situations having been abused, neglected, or simply abandoned by their families.
Currently, there are seven teenage girls living at RISE who feel a little out of place since they do not want to be grouped with the children, with the same rules, yet they are still young enough to live at RISE and not ready to live on their own. RISE is faced with the challenge of trying to keep the teenagers living at the Refugio, while supporting them through the crucial transition from childhood to adulthood.
The Refugio is striving to support and look after the teenagers, to surround them with love, while teaching them the necessary life skills to live independently as future adults. In order to do so, they have decided to build an onsite transition home for the teenagers. The outside of the building is built, they are now moving into the next phase of building the inside.
With this new transition home, they will instill values and skills to help them face life and make the right decisions while converting them into self-confident mature and responsible women.
Isa Mundo is looking into the possibility of working with RISE to help build a successful transition home.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
To learn more about The Hackery, visit their website at www.thehackery.ca.
Businesses such as The Hackery play an integral role in ensuring that our Foundation has the technological expertise necessary to provide the highest quality technology based education tools for our education centre. In keeping with our misison to minimize impact on the environment, the Hackery is a great partner due their ethical recycling approach. They do not ship any laptops or computer systems and parts overseas and is a member of the Recycling Council of British Columbia.
We are grateful for the support of The Hackery - thank you guys!
If you need need computer/laptop: diagnostics; parts, repairs or recycle them, please visit them at 304 Victoria Drive in Vancouver, BC.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Isa Mundo and Staples Canada - THAT WAS EASY!
n 1991, Staples founded its Canadian subsidiary, The Business Depot, and began opening stores under that name, though over a decade later, all stores were renamed as "Staples."
Staples has become the world’s largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. The company’s goal: Give every customer a reason to believe…STAPLES Business Depot—That was easy!
Staples Store #254 is located on 200-1055 West Georgia St in Vancouver, BC.
We are grateful for the support of Staples and we hope to continue this partnership in the future.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mexico Project Site Visits in April
We will provide an update on the ground in Mexico. Gracias.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Introducing .... Buena Vida Youth Foundation
Isa Mundo was consulted by Buena Vida in early 2011 and we were honored to provide advice and guidance and share our own experience in developing our non profit organization. We will be supporting Buena Vida's program in the near future as we believe in their vision of improving the situations of children and youth in Latin American communities.
To learn more about Buena Vida Youth Foundation visit their website at www.buenavidayouthfoundation.com
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Thank you MacEwan!
Back in October we applied for an education fund through the MacEwan Global Education Fund. We found out in late 2010 that our application had been accepted to receive a grant! We have now received a small amount from the GEF, which will go towards the funding of Isa Mundo Educational Centers.
The GEF’s mission statement is "believing in the value of education, the MacEwan Global Education Fund is designed to help less fortunate people world-wide access education through funds, training, and support." To find out more about the GEF visit their website at: http://www.macewan.ca/web/services/global_edfund/FAQ/Index.cfm?MenuOption=4&Line=14
Stay tuned for project details on our funding!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Mundopedia will highlight various indicators relevant to our projects, ie: population, educational attainment, literacy, poverty index, life expectancy, etc... We will also outline past, current and future projects in each countries to showcase contributions made by supporters and funders to the Isa Mundo Foundation.
We hope to launch Mundopedia by April 2011.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year !
As we approach our 6th year as an organization, we would like to also take the opportunity to thank all those who continue to support our work and projects since our inception.
We are looking forward to an exciting and productive 2011 as we attempt to complete projects this year in Mexico, Philippines, Nicaragua, Peru and beyond, and in partnership with communties and other not-for- profit organizations.