Ecuadorian Youth Gain Skills and Inspiration

Guest post by Fernando, a youth from Ecuador

Fernando (front in white shirt) with his youth group.

I am a young Ecuadorian involved in the projects executed by Federation of Community Organizations of Imbabura, which are sponsored and funded by ChildFund Ecuador.

One of the Federation projects is “Productive Initiatives,” which helps young people develop skills and prepare for the future. We have learned to make bracelets and rings using different materials. We are growing the program to involve more youth and even teach these skills to our families, as a way to earn extra income.

We are planning an open house in one of the most important universities of the area, where we will have the opportunity to show and sell our products.

It is important to mention that with the opportunity given to us to participate in projects like this, many of us, and especially me, have paid for our studies.

We hope in the future to put our knowledge in practice and make this a big business, which hires employees.

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