Ecuador in the Shadow of the Hacienda Regime

This year, the Highland Support Project has partnered with a collection of Kichwa communities of Chimborazo, Ecuador to bolster the development and implementation of locally directed programs to build Indigenous social capital that counters the continuing structures of dependency created by the hacienda system.

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Aaron Stapel
A Global Success

From March 1 - 30, the Highland Support Project was assessed, alongside 577 other projects around the globe, through GlobalGiving's Accelerator campaign for a permanent spot on their fundraising platform.

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Aaron Stapel
Mustard and the Ruins of Empire

For such a short parable from the Christian canon, the parable of the mustard seed is referenced fairly often in secular literature and media. Usually just used as a one trick pony sort of long-hand for "have a little faith," what can the mustard seed teach us about building community resillence in the post-colonial era?

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Aaron Stapel
Meet Elvia! ♡

Elvia was born and grew up in the Palajunoj Valley, a village on the outskirts of Xela. During primary school she lived with her grandparents in a district far from her house, because in her family there were some difficulties with her father.

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Diana Alvarado
Meet Jaqueline!

Jaqueline is a 25 years old woman born in San Antonio Suchitepéquez, a town close to Guatemala city. Her mother was one many K'iche speakers that migrated to the city from the Pacific coast region seeking refuge from the political violence, poverty, and limited access to opportunity.

 
 
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Diana Alvarado
Who is Melissa Gómez?

She is a 22 years old girl who was born and grown up in the centre of San Juan Ostuncalco, in a house built by her parents where she lived with them and her seven brothers and sisters waking up early every morning to go to school, escorted by her father or her brothers.

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Diana Alvarado
Removing obstacles to Education in Ecuador

HSP introduces a new program to assist rural indigenous students access opportunity.  HSP is partnering with the Foundation Yanapak Yachachikuna that stands for “Servant Teachers,” in the Kichwa language to assist rural Indigenous youth meet entry requirements for National University, increase access to technology and promote the understand that technology and Indigenous culture are not mutually exclusive.

 

 The FYYChE is directed by Kichwa leadership, serving Kichwa communities and is organized around

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Ben Blevins
VMI Cadets perform outstanding service to community

When people complain about millennials not being productive, they have definitely not worked with the Cadets of VMI.  Vania Murcia and Alexander Josiah Alvarado engineered a solution to a water crisis in the community of Nuevo Chuicutama and designed an appropriate reservoir tank to ensure the community had year round access to water.

 

 

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Ben Blevins