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.

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 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Goal 7: Affordable Clean Energy

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Since our launch in 2006, the Foundation has focused on sustainable energy and providing access to energy that can improve food production, income and education.  The United Nations (UN) outlined that:

"energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet."

In our various travels worldwide, we have witnessed that communities still do not have access to electricity and still rely on burning coal and wood for food and heat.  According to the UN:

  •  Over 1.2B people or 1 in 5 of the world's population still do not have access to electricity
  • Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing the carbon intensity of energy is a key objective in long-term climate goals.
Isa Mundo is committed in continuing to work with other non profit organizations to help deliver affordable and sustainable energy to communities who need it most.

To learn more about Goal #7, click on the poster Affordable and Clean Energy: Why it Matters.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all 

Having access to clean water is one of the most important parts of basic survival. The planet contains enough fresh water to sustain our population but poor infrastructure and economics result in millions of people who die from diseases as a result of poor water supplies, sanitation and hygine.

The UN estimates that:
  • 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources since 1990, but 663 million people are still without
  • At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated
  • 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines
  • More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal
  • Each day,nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related  diarrhoeal diseases
  • Approximately 70 per cent of all water abstracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation
By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.  Isa Mundo Foundation and its partners have supported rain water collection system projects in Latin America and will continue to work with communities in the future to improve access to clean water.

To learn more about Goal 6, click on the poster Sanitation: Why it Matters.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

There have been some progress on gender equality in the past 10 years but according the United Nations, women and girls continue to face barriers and violence in the world.  The United Nations (UN) outlined that, "gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world".   The UN data summarized that:
  • About  two thirds of countries in the developing regions have achieved gender parity in primary education.
  • In Southern Asia, only 74 girls were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys in 1990. By 2012, the enrolment ratios were the same for girls as for boys.
  • Women in Northern Africa hold less than one in five paid jobs in the non-agricultural sector. The proportion of women in paid employment outside the agriculture sector has increased from 35 per cent in 1990 to 41 per cent in 2015.
In addition, the UN Report concluded that women and girls represent half of the world's population and therefore also half of its potential.  But today, gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress. The Isa Mundo Foundation support projects that provide equal access to education, health services and safe facilities to women and girls to improve lives of families and communities worldwide.

To learn more about Goal #5, click the poster Gender Equality: Why it Matters.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Of the 17 Goals supported by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, quality education and lifelong learning identifies one of Isa Mundo Foundation's primary objectives - to provide basic primary education for all.

Isa Mundo strongly promotes the UN's commitment to this Goal to progress our own projects and draw attention and support to this very important initiative.

According to the UN: enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91% but 57 million children remain out of school. In addition, an estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.  

The Goal's report outlines that "education is the key that will allow many other Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved. When people are able to get quality education, they can break from the cycle of poverty."

To learn more about Goal #4, click the poster Quality Education: Why It Matters.