From Tiffany Wareing
COMMUNITY NEWS, July 26th 2014
ARTIST FAIR - August 7th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, ZocalThe next Artist Fair is Thursday, August 7th from 5:30 to 9:30pm (summer hours) in the Zocalo. If weather is an issue it will be postponed until Friday, August 8th. We are still looking for someone interested in renting tables. If anyone knows someone at Loncheros, Tiburones or any of the other big places with lots of plastic tables& chairs have them contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org We would love for them to come & rent tables to our participants. Registration is now in the fiscalization office, just East of the basketball court at the end of the Municipio building. You may register from 10 to noon. Please do encourage people to participate & attend. It is an incredible venue for our local artists & food vendors to sell their talents.
CENTRE DE SALUD, COORDINATOR OF INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, JORGE AVILA
On social media sites people have been asking what is needed & what can be brought down for the hospital & our medical staff. Jorge recently asked the nurses & doctors & they are in need of scrubs. Any donated new or gently used scrubs in small, medium & large would be very appreciated.
DIABETES CLINIC - October 2014
From Karen Rosenberg, clinic organizer: “Diabetes supplies needed! In October 2014, we will be doing our 5th Diabetes Clinic in La Gloria, Isla Mujeres. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses and other health professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners from La Gloria and the Red Cross. Some patients come in for screening, while many have already been diagnosed with diabetes and are on medications. The majority of walk-ins are untreated and undiagnosed. Very few patients have access to expensive meters or strips, and that is the main emphasis of the clinic. Diabetics are taught to use the meters to self monitor their blood sugar levels and we also do diabetes education. Diabetes is the primary cause of death now in Mexico. “
“We are in great need of donations of meters and strips (preferably Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch but will accept any donations) and other diabetes supplies (syringes, alcohol swabs, lancets, etc). If you have any connection with pharmaceutical companies or reps, doctor’s offices or hospitals that can donate these supplies, (even recently expired) please contact me via PM email@example.com. If you are on Isla, you can bring donations to Kathy Ennis. If you would like to donate money so that we can buy strips to bring down, you can do so through paypal or check. To receive a formal “request proposal” or if you have any questions, please PM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org patients have access to expensive meters or strips, and that is the main emphasis of the clinic. Diabetics are taught to use the meters to self monitor their blood sugar levels and we also do diabetes education. Diabetes is the primary cause of death now in Mexico. “
Isla Animals hosted a clinic on Sunday, July 13th at Hacienda Mundaca. Twenty-two dogs were spayed & neutered, 10 bathed, 6 groomed, over 60 vaccinated & over 100 received flea & tick medicine. One family brought a momma & her 6 pups in to see Dr. Arturo. The family knew they needed help. All the dogs were too malnourished for surgery. The mom was immediately put on doxycycline for ehrlichia. The babies were given meds for worms, ringworm, fleas, ticks & mange. They were sent home with food. Isla Animal volunteers have been doing outreach home visits daily to the family in the jungle where they live. The dogs are doing much better as pictured above. Volunteers are welcome for home visits. Please email@example.com
ISLA MUJUERES SCHOLARSHIP GROUP - Deadline August 1st, 2014
Update from Jackie Conlon, Sponsor: “Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program is looking for more sponsors. There are going to be 5 new students brought into the program July/August. The hope is that sponsors of the university students who recently graduated will move to a new student team. Even so there is a need for more sponsors to help these students make ends meet in order to stay in school. Maria Jose will be joining the program for a July/August start at university. She has been an excellent student all her life, dedicated and mature beyond her 17 years. Since she loves math and physics and excels in them, she has decided to study petroleum engineering. It means going to Vera Cruz to study, a long way from home! But she is one exceptional young lady, and I think she will be a great success. Raul, one of the recent university graduates is working in his trained field at an architecture firm doing Autocad. He is still working on his thesis and hopes to be done in a few months. He will then receive his titulo and will earn a higher wage possibly with more responsibilities. He is a great guy and one more success story. He had a dream at 13 to become an architect.”
Update from Cindy Lou, Sponsor: “We need a few more sponsors or a few one time donations for our teams student in order for her to start in august. Here is her background. Arlet Canche Pool – is the final student we are starting at this time. She would like to go into law (not sure what area yet) and intimately get her license to practice. She is the oldest of 3 children and her mom is single parenting. They live in the Guadalupana settlement, which means they have only a hose for water for the house and do not have electricity unless they have some sort of generator or battery hooked up for a couple of hours in the evening. She is very dedicated and her mother is begging for a chance for her daughter to realize her dreams. Arlet has a younger brother who is also ready to study at the university, but it isn’t clear there are funds for both. If we can increase the scholarship enough to cover both, that would be great.”
Founder of Keys4Life is also a musician& will be playing on August 2 from 7 to 9pm at Barlito. Ken’s performance fee & all his tips will go to Keys4Life.
RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Update from Gwen Brown, “A new student, Maria Jose Cruz Tun has been introduced to the RBSF thanks to Glenn & Abram Barefoot’s generous donation. The fifth annual Reeling for Ronnie Fishing Tournament raised $15,000 this past June. Many thanks to all the anglers & Richard Lock of the Lock Search Group for their contributions & participation.”
VOLUNQUEST - July 21st through August 18th, public schools
The Volunquest summer camps for the public school has begun. This is a recent post from the founder of Volunquest, Kristen Tywan, “We still have lines out the door of my office in the school of eager parents hoping to get their kids into the afternoon turn. The turnout is more than twice as much than what I expected, and we have already had 5 volunteers that are residents and visitors show up to help out during class and activity time. It you are interested in chaperoning a field trip or helping out during the camp, please sign up at VolunteerSpot today! EVERYONE is welcome and appreciated.” Here is the link http://vols.pt/yZZjCh to sign up for Public School Volunteer Opportunities on @VolunteerSpot today!
ZAPATOS PARA LOS NINOS
Zapatos para los Ninos will be handing out donated shoes this weekend. Anyone interested in helping out, please contact Greg or Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTSTANDING ISLA COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Andrea Healey , a frequent visitor of Isla has taken it upon herself to create, print & donate a coloring book on helmet education for the kids in the public school system. She has been working closely with Volunquest& the Red Cross on the development of the coloring book. There has been a lot of discussion on Facebook about helmets for children. The laws have not required children to wear them & they are expensive when kids are growing quickly. We do recommend an approved scooter helmet from Yamaha or Honda not a bicycle helmet. There was mention of doing a big helmet drive. This is something that would be well received & is needed. The public schools reach the broadest range of kids from all neighborhoods & all socio economic backgrounds. Volunquest could easily organize this within the schools, the Municipio & with DIF. If people are interested in heading this up or participating, please message or email us.
VISION TESTING & GLASSES FOR KIDS IN NEED
Two of our foreign residents worked with Optica Betal Optometrists from Cancun to provide vision testing & fittings of glasses for children with vision issues in the public schools. The Optometrists tested the vision of all students in the primary and secondary schools. They returned multiple times in the months of February and March, 2014 and tested more than 2,000 student. More than 500 students (and school staff) were identified as needing glasses. A total of 301 kids including some staff were able to get glasses very inexpensively thanks to the generous donation of a few people. We hope this program becomes an annual event in the schools to give children the tools necessary to grow & learn. If anyone is interested in learning more about this please contact me for information.
AGAPITO MAGANA, ISLA MUJERES PRESIDENTE
As one of Agapito’s campaign promises, he & his administration are supplying uniforms, shoes & some basic school supplies to each public school student for the start of the 2014/2015 school year to lessen the financial burden on our local families. Volunquest is still collecting school supplies to improve the learning tools for our kids & create a more productive environment for each student in the classroom. School begins on August 20th. If you don’t want to haul an extra bag or more pounds, you can always go to Dunosusa to get toilet paper, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes or Chedraui for school supplies like colored pencils, glue, erasers, tape, pencils, scissors, markers, crayons, pencil cases & backpacks. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Tywan at email@example.com
LARRY JOE TAYLOR, COUNTRY SINGER
Larry Joe Taylor recently had his 17th annual Island Time Trip here on Isla Mujeres which included a concert at Jax that was a fundraiser for the Little Yellow School House. His desire to take a vacation & still perform to benefit one of our local charities shows the character of a truly generous & kind person. Thanks for giving back to the Isla community. Check out Larry Joe’s website at www.larryjoetaylor.com
Update from Jackie Conlon, Isla Mujeres Scholarship Sponsor & community activist, “I have good news to share with you all regarding the family that I posted about last week. This is the family someone posted on Merca Isla about where the young girls were in their home alone and preparing food in an unsafe way. The local community did provide the family with some donations including, food, staples and household goods. The family’s immediate needs were lessened. However, there still is a need for further assistance. I contacted Ken Wanovich, the Executive Director of Keys 4 Life to see if this was something that they would take on. Ken put a proposal to the Board of Directors. The Board agreed that they will take a look at the total dollars received from now until Sunday, July 27th and use the funds received to help this family .” We will happily report next Newsletter how Keys4Life was able to help.
The Public School Summer Camps with 50 local kids started their swim lessons at Marina Paraiso’s Club Islenos pool this past Wednesday. We handed out a new swim suit to all but 6 boys. We didn’t have as many mens suits. We have received two so four more & then all 50 kids will be with a new suit. We are still collecting suits, we will have Volunquest’s 250 kids to donate to as well as locals from age 4 to adult come September when we start classes with the Navy as instructors.
The next clinic will be in October 2015. Contact Karen Rosenberg firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Ennis at email@example.com or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.The next clinic will be in October 2015. Contact Karen Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Ennis email@example.com or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.
We are in great need of donations of meters and strips (preferably Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch but will accept any donations) and other diabetes supplies (syringes, alcohol swabs, lancets, etc). If you have any connection with pharmaceutical companies or reps, doctor’s offices or hospitals that can donate these supplies, (even recently expired) please contact me via PM or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are on Isla, you can bring donations to Kathy Ennis. If you would like to donate money so that we can buy strips to bring down, you can do so through paypal or check. To receive a formal “request proposal” or if you have any questions, please PM or email me at kfrlisw@gmail SPECIAL THANKS
A special thanks to all those who dropped off donations since the last newsletter at Marina Paraiso. We received lots of awesome swim suits, shoes, school supplies & clothing. 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.