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. 

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.

















Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holidays and all the best iin 2018!

We had a very successful 2017 and thankful to our supporters, long term volunteers, new partners, friends and families who continue to believe in what we are trying to accomplish.

We wish everyone a peaceful, joyful and prosperous New Year!

Cheers!


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Yelapa School

In the past year, we have been in discussion with educators in Yelapa, Mexico to launch a new education project in this village located within the Bay of Banderas (Puerto Vallarta region). We have sent two volunteers to assess the situation and capacity of the school and its supporters and believe that there is an opportunity to begin a partnership in the coming year. 

Yelapa is one of the few remaining "Communidas" in Mexico, a population of approximately 2,000 that is located on the coast line south of Puerto Vallarta. Accessible only by boat and water taxi, there are no roads into the village and people still rely on horses, mules, wheelbarrows and more recently ATVs for transportation. It was not until 2001 that Yelapa was able to access electricity for the first time bringing with it communication (telephone) and internet connection that significantly shifted the way villagers lived their lives. 


Yelapa remains a small, unique and diverse community. There is a strong and vibrant population living along the Tuito river, which divides the town from the beach and river neighborhoods. Like all communities, it has its disparity, not only in the standard of living and opportunities available to children and families but also barrier to accessing resources for learning and higher education due to its geographical isolation.
Teachers and volunteers are committed to ensure that students in Yelapa receive basic primary education in the village, without having to travel to Puerto Vallarta or other colonias.  We are supportive of improving the school curriculum and providing technological supplies within our capacity. During the November project site visit initiative - Isa Mundo was able to donate the first batch of laptops to Yelapa as a gesture of goodwill and continue discussions on the potential launch of the first Isa Mundo Education Centre in the village of Yelapa.




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mexico Project Site Visits

We are set to return to Mexico and in the beautiful and culturally rich state of Jalisco and Puerto Vallarta region.  Isa Mundo projects in the area have become example of success stories for the Foundation where our school projects are doing well, child centred facilities are built and new projects continue to be launched.  Non profit organizations are well supported in the region with international volunteer groups providing additional support.

We will be visiting Pasitos de Luz (Casa Connor) and a new education project in Boca de Tomatlan. We will be donating much needed laptops to a school in Yelapa and hope to officially launch a project in the village in the near future. We will provide update on site as we meet up with our dedicated friends and partners in Mexico.

Gracias

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Career Highlight - Andrée Lacasse

Isa Mundo Foundation Co-Founder, Andrée Lacasse - was recently highlighted by University of Victoria's School of Child and Youth Care for her dedication to Isa Mundo's education and child and youth projects. It also recognizes  her contributions to Indigenous communities through her career at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and her volunteer work with the Inuit community in Ottawa.

We are grateful to Andrée for her outstanding contributions in improving the lives of less fortunate children internationally and in her local community. To read more about the article, click on the Child and Youth Care Website.





Wednesday, August 9, 2017

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Isa Mundo Foundation would like to acknowledge and celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.  Isa Mundo has supported various projects to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples in Asia and Latin America.

United Nations estimates that there are "370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures" 

2017 also marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples.

To learn more about this day visit the website of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Photo: Haida Museum - Haida Gwaii