News & Current Events


Alma Foundation annual party 2018

On June 7, 220 Alma supporters gathered together at Old Fort York for our 8th annual party. As we have come to expect, the weather was perfect, the food spectacular, and the pisco sours invigorating! Best of all, was the chance to party with our “supporters” – a  thoughtful, kind and fun group of people. […]


Against Fragmentation: The Case for Intellectual Wandering

The President of the Carnegie Corporation recently wrote: “The challenge facing all of us — from Virginia Woolf’s ‘common reader’ to the futurists of Silicon Valley, from pre-K teachers to the scholars and researchers of higher education who explore all aspects of human knowledge — is the difficulty of achieving the unity of knowledge and the reconciliation of the universal […]


Creativity vs Screen Time

We have spent a lot of time with educational technology experts and I have taken a couple of online courses in “edtech” because we use technology in all of our projects and we are in the process of digitizing our curriculum. We are constantly debating how to deliver education to communities too small and far […]


2017 Annual Report

We are very proud to present our 2017 Annual Report. Thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters whose invaluable help allow us to achieve day after day our goal of realizing, through investment in enlightened education, creative, forward and critical thinkers who will improve the quality of life for indigenous peoples in Latin America.


Alma Party 2017

Six years ago we had a party for family and friends on Toronto Island to bring awareness to the Alma Foundation. There were a ton of complications exasperated by thunderstorms and a band that didn’t fully show up, but a lot of fun was had by all. And I said I would never do it […]


Art for Alma

Join the Alma team for art, drinks and networking. Explore the inspired and wonderful work of Chris Peters in one of Yorkville’s landmark pubs in support of the Alma Children’s Education Foundation. Combining photographic visuals with mixed media Chris Peters is interpreting the world around us in new and creative ways. Peters’ most recent work […]


Alma’s big night out with Arlene Dickinson

It took six months of planning and a lot of hard work by our event committee (Melanie, Alexandra, Marcela, Nancy, Amelia and Alyssa-Marie) but last night we had our most successful fundraising event ever. We had 350 guests at the beautiful new Scotiabank conference centre to hear and see Arlene Dickinson being interviewed by Tavia […]


What does “grassroots” really mean?

One of our guiding principles is that our projects are “grassroots” based but I’ve noticed over the past few years that this term has become so overused in the development NGO world that it has become a cliche. I was in a meeting last week where an NGO mentioned that they were a “pull” organization […]


Congratulations Alalay team!

One of partners, Alalay, was recently bestowed by the Bolivian parliament with the country’s highest civilian honour: “Galardon Illimani de Oro”. The founder, Claudia, upon completing her law degree was moved to action by the plight of street kids in her city of La Paz. She walked away from law and began working with these […]


February Dispatch

Each month, our team compiles stories and updates from our projects to create a monthly dispatch. To read the full February Dispatch, please click here.


Tavia Grant is joining Alma’s next event

We are pleased to announce that Tavia Grant, the award-winning journalist with the Globe and Mail, will participate in our “Evening with Arlene Dickinson – The Pursuit of Profits and Social Purpose” event on April 5. Tavia will be interviewing Arlene in a “fireside chat” format. Tavia Grant has worked for The Globe and Mail […]


Our Five-Year Annual Report

I am incredibly proud what we accomplished in our first five years as a charity. Partly to take stock of where we have come from, and partly to reflect to stakeholders who we have become, we have created a five-year “annual” or “impact” report. “Annual” to describe something referring to five years is likely a […]


Alma is hiring

International Program Director 0423 – Managers in social, community and correctional services Alma Children’s Education Foundation Toronto, ON Employer doesn’t cover the relocation costs   JOB DETAILS Vacancies 1 Job start date 2017-04-15 Wage $67,600.00 / Year Hours 40 Hours / Week Terms of employment Permanent, Full time , Day, Telework (work from home) Employer […]


Congratulations Walter Meekes

27 years ago, Walter Meekes, a young teacher from Holland came to Cusco to do a year of volunteering in the very tough neighbourhood of San Isidro in Cusco. He never went back. He fell in love with the city and working with kid so he founded the HoPe foundation with the intention of improving […]


Meet our new Outreach Director

Alma is lucky to welcome Jamie Shinoff to our team! This year, Alma was lucky enough to lucky to receive a grant from the Canadian government to hire a summer student intern. Within days, we received over 30 applications from qualified candidates across the country. However, Jamie’s passion and extensive extra-curricular activities made her the perfect […]


Alma Giving Catalog!

We are thrilled to share the Alma Giving Catalog. The Alma Giving Catalog is a way for supporters to fund specific items children need in Peru and Bolivia. Here you will find affordable ways to make an incredible difference, through both one-time purchases and monthly sponsorships. You can view the Alma Giving Catalog here. Once you find the ideal gift […]


Join the Alma team!

*Due to a large amount of applications, we are no longer accepting resumes. Thank you to all of the candidates who applied. Alma will be announcing the new intern on July 4, 2016.* Alma is hiring a summer student to be our Outreach Director!   Working 30 hours a week, the Outreach Director will help Alma in three […]


Video Feature – Annie’s story in Iquitos, Peru

Annie Villaran is a volunteer project manager, Board member and an amazing ambassador for Alma. She dedicates her expertise, time and passion to helping Alma’s education projects succeed. Annie recently went to visit Alma’s projects in Iquitos, Peru. She brought back many lessons and stories from her travel. Watch Annie share one of her incredible stories from the […]


Alma published in Collingwood news!

To celebrate our milestone of benefiting 5000 children, Alma has started a new goal: to raise awareness of our projects and mission to over 5000 people in 2016!   To help achieve this goal, we contacted local newspapers. Our first, of hopefully many publications was from the Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin, a local paper from Melanie’s home town.   […]