Sunday, December 25, 2016
This past year, with your support and contributions, we were able to help children, families, and communities in Mexico and the Philippines.
On behalf of all those who have benefited from your generosity, we at the Isa Mundo Foundation thank you wholeheartedly for your ongoing support and commitment to improving the present and future of so many.
We look forward to the upcoming year as we continue, together, to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Chers amis de la fondation Isa Mundo,
Grâce à votre appui et vos contributions, nous avons pu faire une différence dans la vie de plusieurs enfants, familles et communautés du Mexique et des Philippines.
Tous les gens qui ont profité de votre générosité, ainsi que la Fondation Isa Mundo, vous sont reconnaissants et vous remercient d’avoir contribué à leur bien-être d’aujourd’hui et de demain.
Nous vous souhaitons tous de Joyeuses Fêtes!
Photo courtesy of Volcanes Primary School
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Isa Mundo Education Centre has been a tremendous success in Bambang with students accessing technology and information since 2009. The IMEC has shown academic improvements from Grades 1-6 and continue to provide elementary students the opportunity to continue their studies at the high school level.
Isa Mundo provided additional laptops to the Bambang Elementary School and will assess how to expand the IMEC in 2017.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
We also visited the Volcanes Sewing School and saw first hand some of the hand made products being produced in this school. The women who have received training in sewing and design are now part of the economic make-up of the community and are contributing to the sustainability of the Volcanes School Projects.
We were also fortunate to have been joined by Ed and Jo-Ann Grainger for the site visit. The Graingers have become strong supporters of Isa Mundo the past two years and have donated not just their time and money but also their passion and energy to work with the Foundation. We admire all their support and efforts in Mexico in improving the lives of less fortunate children and families. They are an inspiration to us and others working in the PV area. Gracias!
Friday, September 16, 2016
Isa Mundo will be discussing the launch of the new App project developed by Appnovation with Volcanes Primary School. It will give us the opportunity to see first hand how this project will improve education, safety and communication issues both in school and community. We are excited to see the result of how an idea was formed into something concrete and implemented in the community.
We will also visit Casa Connor, a newly built facility developed to serve and enrich the lives of children with physical and mental disabilities in the Jalisco State area. We are delighted to have been invited to do a private tour of the facility before Casa Connor opens its doors to children, families, staff members, friends and supporters.
We will provide an update on-site
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
As stated in his nomination: "Paul approaches his career work with the same passion, commitment and practicality that leads to his success with the Foundation - while creating an inclusive and sharing environment. The way he has balanced his many roles has been an inspiration and makes him a true public servant'.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
ERA's contribution to Isa Mundo Foundation has not gone unnoticed to the many students it has helped since 2013 in Mexico, Philippines, Nicaragua, Belize and beyond. The development of our Isa Mundo Education Centre (IMEC) is the start of our education projects in these countries, but without technological supplies and access to current information to enhance education beyond books - our IMECs would not be the success they are today. By having students access the internet for the first time and learn basic skills through Microsoft Office and hardware / software, their opportunities expand and education level improves.
We would like to again thank ERA for their support and commitment to improve education for less fortunate students worldwide.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Appnovation, the global IT services firm that delivers innovative and creative open technology solutions, is pleased to announce their partnership with The Isa Mundo Foundation, part of their Corporate Citizenship program. The Isa Mundo Foundation is a global non-profit dedicated to supporting small, local, and international projects by partnering with civil society and other prominent influencers in communities around the world. Isa Mundo has three primary portfolios of engagement: youth, environment, and educational development.
To continue, please click on: Appnovation Partners with the Isa Mundo Foundation article.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Walking the town of Coba outside of the ruins we saw homes that incorporated ancient Mayan wall structures, small hotels, outdoor restaurants serving Mayan cuisines, a large plaza and a school. There is a potential to partner with an organization already established in Coba working with locals citizens.
This has been a successful first project site visits for Isa Mundo and we will be assessing potential school projects in the area which will be our first in the state of Quintana Roo. We will keep you updated on next steps and look forward to launching a project in the region.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Tulum Puebla is located approximately 5KMs outside of the Tulum beach resorts and where most of the locals supporting the resort economy live and also where their businesses reside. It is known for great restaurants, excellent Spanish schools, great plazas and to experience the day to day life of local community members and expats.
Mundoers walked every corner of the main town to see various schools and learning centres and observed challenges on accessibility of education for all of Tulum's children and youth. We were also able to visit the Tulum ruins - site of the only Mayan city built on a coast and one of the few protected by a wall. This visit will allow us to see the contrast between the town and the Mayan ruins of Coba, which we will visit in the next few days.
We will be assessing Tulum Puebla very closely as there are potential partnerships that can be established in this area that can have positive effects in the community.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
In order to find strong partners - we start with our similar approach to project completion and our five stages: to consult with community members and leaders on what is needed; find individuals and/or groups with mutual objectives; assess capacity of each group and strategize to deliver a project; find a way to keep it sustainable; and repeat!
As an example, we met a couple who volunteered in Mexico in 2014 and are big supporters of the Volcanes project in the PV area. When they approached us that they are able to help bring education supplies to the Volcanes school and community, we took the opportunity to meet and discuss what they see as both the success and challenge in doing humanitarian work in the area. This was a great opportunity to learn from the experience of two long time humanitarians and also to strike a potential partnership to support future projects in PV.
Ed and Jo-Ann Grainger have seen various community projects in Mexico through their mission and volunteer work and have been gracious in sharing their experience and ideas regarding project completions and how to approach future projects in Volcanes and surrounding areas. In 2015, Ed and Jo-Ann also became formal supporters of Isa Mundo by donating funds to the foundation to carry on our work. This is a great example of how through direct contact and involvement with the same community and schools - strangers with similar interests find common bonds to collaborate further and formalize a partnership. So in our five stage approach - meeting them accomplished both stage two and three :-)
Gracias Ed and Jo-Ann for taking the time to work with us and support our work in Mexico.
Monday, January 11, 2016
In 2003, I joined the federal public service. I have dedicated more than a decade of my work on indigenous issues and currently a Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Affairs with the Department of Canadian Heritage. I am the Founder and Director of the Isa Mundo Foundation which was launched in 2005. I know that all these endeavors were shaped in some way by Professor Pawley. He always believed that I would find a way to contribute, his role was to support and inspire, which he did in countless ways. In our last encounter, he reminded me to be a strong and compassionate public servant. To always consult, be inclusive and to stand for things I believed in. I remember him telling me how Isa Mundo is a legacy I should be proud of and to continue the work despite the challenges and stress of directing a non-profit organization. He said in the future, I will see generations of children and youth who benefited from our projects by providing opportunities to be able to contribute to their families, communities and nations.
It took some time for me to digest the fact that I would no longer be able to contact Professor Pawley via email or see him in Ottawa from time to time. Upon his passing, I read accolades about his life’s work and I learned how respected and praised he was for his “ability to listen, to consult and to lead gently by consensus”. As I read tributes for him, I am grateful that I was able to spend time and converse with Professor Pawley and so thankful for his friendship.
Photo courtesy of windorstar.com