Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year

It has been a great year for the Isa Mundo Foundation.  We forged new partnerships this year both with businesses and other not for profit organizations.  Most notably, we collaborated with Big Mountain Youth Society to bring school supplies to Indonesia and partnered with St. George's Academy to bring laptops and educational tools to Peru to establish our first Isa Mundo Education Centre in the country. 

We are looking forward to 2014 and potential projects that we will be developing. We will return to Mexico in February to visit the Volcanes Primary School and see the new Pasitos de Luz facility being constructed in Puerto Vallarta.  We also have a potential site visit in Guatemala to see first hand the Project Somos Children's Village.  We hope to complete this trip by summer 2014.

We all need to take time to reflect on a successful 2013. All the hard work resulted in projects that continue to improve the lives of children, students, families and communities we work with.  We could not have completed all our projects this year without the continued support of our funders and volunteers. Our work will only progress when we all work together. 

We are wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to a successful 2014!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Generosity of Canadians

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Typhoon Haiyan Relief Campaign. Our fundraising ended on December 8, 2013 and we raised over $1500 between November 18 to December 7.  We have chosen to give our funds to the Red Cross and continue the solid partnership we have established. This amount will be matched by the Government of Canada dollar for dollar as part of Canada's commitment to the relief efforts in the Philippines.

In addition, Isa Mundo provided another option other than a monetary donation.  We collected boxes of non-perishable food items, blankets and medicine to be sent to the Philippines in partnership with a local shipping company.  We also suggested for other supporters to donate directly to the Red Cross  under the Typhoon Haiyan Fund, if this is their preferred approach.

Given the Foundation's on-going focus on education, children and youth and environmental health projects, it is not typical for our organization to fund raise for disaster relief efforts.  But we do respond when our supporters, funders and friends choose to donate only through the Isa Mundo Foundation and request that we start a campaign. It really shows the trust that people has bestowed on our organization and the immense generosity and care displayed by Canadians.

As someone who was born and raised in the Philippines, I followed this event very closely as I have family and friends affected directly or indirectly by this disaster.  I have to say, that the outpouring of sympathy and support globally reminded me of what we can accomplish together. From governments, not for profits, businesses, communities, families and individuals -it shows we can put our differences aside and work for the common good. I will never forget the horrifying images of the disaster but I will also remember the remarkable story of the spirit of humanity.

I recently read an article published in the Philippines that summarized it best:

".... there are few events in the world that make humanity come together so selflessly. Typhoon Haiyan was one of them. We, Filipinos, will never forget this"

Salamat po