News & Current Events


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 […]


Thank you – The Fellowship of Man Charitable Foundation

The Fellowship of Man Charitable Foundation (The Fellowship of Man) is a foundation which supports the advancement of education for both children and young people disadvantaged by physical, cultural or financial limitations. For four years, The Fellowship of Man has supported Alma projects. Through their support, Alma has been able to: provide educational and personal development […]


World Peace Day at Alma

September 21st is the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day. Alma’s projects focus not only on critical and creative thinking but on harmonious values as well. And when we follow the trails of values such as honesty, respect, generosity, and taking care of the environment and people around you, we […]


Volley for Alma

On August 14th, Alma’s Young Leaders held their first #Volley4Alma Beach Volleyball Tournament. We are thrilled to say the tournament was a huge success! The Young Leaders recruited 10 teams and over 55 participants to play at Ashbridges Bay. Each team represented one of Alma’s education projects in Peru and Bolivia. The winner of the tournament […]


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 […]


Another successful Alma Annual Party!

Thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who made our Alma Annual Party a huge success! With over 300 tickets sold, Alma was able to raise over $40,000 for our education projects in Peru and Bolivia! The party consisted of delicious Peruvian Cuisine, amazing salsa lessons by Loudes and music by the award-winning DJ […]


An Inspiring Evening with Arlene Dickinson

Full disclosure: I’ve never watched a complete episode of “Dragon’s Den”.  That said, I had always heard wonderful things about Arlene Dickinson and when I met her a couple of years ago all those second hand comments were confirmed. She’s a really nice, smart and generous person. Offering her self up to do a fundraising […]


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 […]


Alexandra opens a hair salon!

In 2014, we introduced you to Alexandra, a hard working, talented, mother to be, from the project Centro Yanay. Despite Alexandra’s talents, she had many challenges growing up. At a young age, Alexandra was captured by the police for human trafficking.  According to her life story she was abandoned by her mother, together with her five siblings. […]