I was asked by the current administration to keep the foreign residents & visitors informed on Isla Mujere's community events as well as any emergency Island issues (hurricanes, tropical storms, evacuation plans etc.) keep your fingers crossed I don't have much of this to report!. Not all the non-profits & community events are reported because not everyone submits what is going on so I do apologize if I am missing something. I can only share what I am given!!! If anyone has any questions feel free to email me at email@example.com
Here is the July Community News Letter:
The monthly Artist Fair in the Square/Zocalo is held on the first Thursday of every month normally from 4 to 9pm; since it is HOT & SUNNY, we will be having the July Fair (TODAY!!!) from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Please encourage your artistic friends or those who cook or bake to participate. If anyone is interested in participating, please take a copy of your passport or Mexican credentials to the Fiscalization office to the West of the basketball court at the end of the Municipal building. People may register up until 4pm on the day of the event. Restaurants may participate! With it being low season, this might be a fun way to showcase your signature dishes. We are thrilled to have Mark Caffo of Caribe on Canvas participating this month. Mark is a very talented photographer who owns a condo at Ixchel & is one of our regular visiting artists. He will display several of his pieces for sale & is also available for custom work. We so look forward to seeing his new photos! Please share the monthly Facebook invites & promos with your friends, coworkers, neighbors, family, etc. The Fair’s growth depends on the Artists’ participation & the Community support!!
A couple Isla lovers, Daryle Hicks & his wife, Rachel Bourgouin were recently on the Island & visited the womens’ bead co-op several times. They wanted to help promote & support the ladies of the co-op who participate regularly in the Artist Fair. Rachel had bought a beaded bracelet that said, “Isla Mujeres”, she wants them to bead more of these “Isla Mujeres” bracelets & sell them at the Artist Fair to Isla lovers, residents, visitors & specifically, Islaholics. (A beach vendor sold over 2000 Islaholics bracelets, imagine how many families this would support if the bead co-op could do this!!!) Rachel & Daryle were kind enough to pay for the Ladies Bead Coop to participate in the Fair for 6 months starting in October giving them some time to make the bracelets. This donation of maybe $54 (US) is huge for the bead coop! If anyone else is interested in sponsoring a local artist or food vendor to participate in the monthly Artist Fair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Isla Animals has been busy. Ring worm has been rampant on the doggies & puppies in Guadalupana. Alison, Pamela & Eileen have spent numerous hours treating them & checking the kids & families as well. Home visits are weekly & some even daily just to clean the ticks off the dogs, treat them with tick/flea medicine, medicate the sick pups & helping to educate the families on responsible pet care. If you are ever interested in a truly fulfilling experience like home visits with Isla Animals, email email@example.com As for adoptions, two more went out over the weekend. The precious little black pups are still another vaccination & spay/neuter away from adoption. On Sunday, July 13th, Isla Animals will host another spay/neuter & dog bathing clinic at Hacienda Mundaca (where the old zoo was). Volunteers are needed & welcome, email the above address for more information. The clinic will be from 9am to 5pm. Please share this information with any of your neighbors, colleagues, friends or families that may need to bring their pets in.
There are new opportunities for library hours for Volunquest. Starting July 1st Volunquest, will have library hours at both schools Cesar and Julio. Kristen Tywan of Volunquest created a sign up calendar on Volunteer Spot to make it easier for volunteers to sign up to read English story books. Here is the link http://vols.pt/yZZjCh to sign up for Public School Volunteer Opportunities on @VolunteerSpot today! They are also still welcoming volunteers for the Volunquest summer camps from July 21st to August 18th as well as people who want to help catalogue & organize books for the English public library. If you do have extra room in your suitcases, school starts up again August 20th, students must have all their school supplies for the first day of school. Low season is always a difficult time for local families to have to buy all the supplies. Volunquest will distribute donated supplies to families that need them the most. You may email Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or interest in volunteering. We thank so many of you already on behalf of the local families for your kindness & generosity with school supplies, books & dental care items. Your contributions make a big difference!
Many of you may remember a very kind, thoughtful & funny man with a twinkle in his eye named Ron Brown from Vancouver, Canada. Ron lived on the Island for 12 years & sold real estate many of those years. Sadly, Ron was taken from us way too early. His wife, Gwen created The Ron Brown Scholarship Fund to honor Ron’s memory and his commitment to the island of Isla Mujeres and its people. Gwen’s words...”On Ron’s behalf we want to assist, with financial help, in educating promising, dedicated students to further their education enabling them the opportunity to improve their life style. We feel this opportunity will not only benefit the students but also their families and in turn, the whole community. The fund has to date allowed 6 Isla students to pursue dreams of a post secondary education that they would not be able to afford without financial help. We are adding new candidates each year with a young woman that will study petroleum engineering beginning in Sept. If you get a chance, please take a look at the web site. The main fund raising event is a very popular fishing tournament held in the Pacific North West each June as well as generous support from many people on the island and in Canada and the US. Of course, we are always seeking more donations to help more kids. The more awareness we can generate the better both for fund raising and letting potential students know we are approachable for help.” http://www.ronbrownscholarshipfund.org/
The 6th annual Isla HIV & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign hit its goals with the Go Fund Campaign organized by Sally Margolis. Way to go Sally. This is the summary from Carlos the director of Brazos y Abiertos (ABI)….
“The 6th HIV, STI’s and teen pregnancy Education & Prevention campaign on Isla Mujeres was a huge success. We started the campaign with the signature of an official agreement between BAI and the city of Isla Mujeres, this will allow BAI to conduct outreach education and testing during the course of this administration. The highlight of this event was the incorporation of our sex education and healthy relationships curriculum, which has the goal to empower the youth in order to live healthy lives. For the first time, a group of our volunteers went to Rancho Viejo in the Continental Zone to teach this curriculum to the middle school, where it was well received. We also taught our curriculum to the students of the island middle school, and targeted about 200 students.”
“For the second year in a row, I was invited to lecture a conference at the 5th Mexico Navy Base, which had the purpose to enlighten the military staff about the integrative approach when treating HIV/AIDS. Our team distributed hundreds of brochures, pamphlets and about three thousand condoms, in both downtown and the colonia areas. This year we conducted 83 rapid HIV tests and are looking forward to come back in December to conduct an HIV testing and counseling campaign for World AIDS day at the Continental Zone. We left 117 test kits on the island for future events, and we will plan a meeting with the different Directions that signed the agreement, in order to establish a calendar of events and involve them as much as possible.”
“I am blown away by the generosity and support of each and all of you. As Director General, and on behalf of Fundacion BAI A.C. I would like to express my most sincere and deepest gratitude to the wonderful people who donated to reach our goal, to our supporters worldwide and locally, to our friends, to the Isla businesses, to the Isla committee who was essential to plan this campaign, to the City authorities, to the volunteers who worked very hard all these days and for the past months to make this a tangible reality. All of this was an inspiring effort, which met its goal before the campaign ended!”
The October Diabetes Clinic is in desperate need of supplies. This is a message from Karen Rosenberg…”We need donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes. Diabetes Clinics have been hosted on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down. ” Contact Karen Rosenberg at email@example.com or Kathy Ennis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Island is still continuing its English elementary book collection for the public school English library. You can see on this link www.librarything.com/catalog/VolunQuest what books we have, so if you do want to contribute, you will know what we are missing.
New girls bathing suits & new or gently used bathing trunks for boys are our focus this summer for the swim lessons in Volunquest’s summer camps (over 200 local kids!). Come fall, we will also be collecting womens & mens suits.
Gently used, clean & new shoes for Zapatos para los Ninos. We are also encouraging you throw in a toothbrush with each pair of shoes! We are so trying to reach more kids about healthy dental care!
And as mentioned above school supplies for the public school elementary kids & diabetes clinic supplies.
Isla Animals, The Red Cross & The Little Yellow School House all have wish lists. Please see the links posted below.
Special thanks to all those who dropped off donations this past month for Isla Animals, Delfino's Clinic, Centre de Salud, Volunquest & the public schools, The Little Yellow School, The Red Cross & Zapatos para los Ninos. Your generosity for our community is so appreciated.
We hope this community newsletter keeps you all informed on the happenings of Isla Mujeres. Feel free to share with anyone interested! Down below please find contact information for some of our non-profits & community events.
If you want to dive deeper into some on the non-profits & community events...
Isla Mujeres Artist Fair FB page: https:/… Email:email@example.com
Isla Animals, FB page: https:/…169657606676
Volunquest, FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Volunquest
BAI/HIVAids Clinic & Pregnancy Prevention/Brazos Abiertos, FB Page: https:/…
Ron Brown Scholarship Fund website: http://www.ronbrownscholarshipfund.org/
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Zapatos para los Ninos, website: http://islazapatos.blogspot.mx/
The Little Yellow School House, FB Page: https:/…109058859120810
The Red Cross/Cruz Rojo, FB page: https:/…
Keys 4 Life, website: https://www.keys4life.org/home.html