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One story

Life is like the water flowing in a river, it visits different lands, and refreshes many people, finally it ends in the seawater.
Thinking of the story of my life, I can only think in every person that has been part of it. First my parents, they taught me many helpful things as have a positive view and attitude to life. They are to me the inspiration, they are strong and hardworking people that I admire deeply. I am the fourth of 5 children. Cristina, Marco, Gabriela and Fernanda are my siblings, very good friends. My parents are Olga the strong woman and Julio the artist.
I grew up very happy, went to school (I did not like it very much) then to high school and then to college. After college in 2003 I went to visit my brother to the USA and also participated in a volunteer program. I lived in Woodburn OR, and in Aberdeen WA, worked as teacher and also visited immigrants families bringing them different kind of assistance, such as interpreter, or only to listen to their problems. In that time I found something important to my life: Learn, always learn from experience.
In 2006 I lived during three months in a high school located in a village called Mondaña in the Amazon of Ecuador. I worked there as a teacher and met very interesting people, the students bring me their friendship, I was lucky for meeting them, people from the Amazon are deeply connected to nature, I felt at home when I lived there.
Now I live in Quito, and work in a Publisher house. I dream with the day I could start a project of my own: a school for children and adults in the countryside. In the mean while I have to work and save some money.
I heard about World Pulse because of my brother, he gave me the link and I visited the blog, in the beginning I through it was very interesting, but I did not have much time to be use the internet. Then, a feeling of curiosity pushed me to think in all the things I could learn through it, after thinking and thinking about a week, I applied to Voices of our future. I am very interested in reading the material and do the assignments that give me the opportunity to do something good and different by now. I am happy for having access to this project and read other women stories, and having all those commentaries makes me feel encouraged to stand and show what I am and what I can do proudly.


nureendas's picture

Maria - Thank you for sharing

Maria - Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that you are able to fulfill your dream of starting a school in the countryside for children and adults.

viochan's picture

Saludos desde Portland!

Maria Eugenia,
It was wonderful to hear about your experiences in the Pacific Northwest and I'm happy that you continued to explore and help others after you returned to Ecuador.

On the one hand, I find your story compelling in that, although unique to you, it's also universal! It's the story of millions of young women who have a vision of what the world should be; and like you, they struggle and fight to make that vision happen.

On the other hand, I am left wanting more. I would love to hear you talk about the specific steps you are taking to starting this school. For one, I am curious, but I also feel that the PulseWire community has a lot to offer and can be a great asset to you around information and resources. So tell us more!

I hope you keep up the great work you're doing and that you keep on learning!

Un gran abrazo,


María Eugenia's picture


Hola Violeta, it is very nice to know that you are interested in knowing more about the idea of the school. Well, by now, it is a dream, and I am saving some money in order to buy a lot in the country side. It is going to be a long way to walk, but I am sure I will get to make my dream true.The idea of building this school is because in many places of the country side there are people that did not or do not have access to a school, and teaching is something a love to do, even I did not study for it. I am not a sociologist or something similar, I just want someday go to a place, build my house there and build a school, be part of that community, start teaching how to read and write and then find people that would like to teach something they know and consider necessary to pass to other generations in a classroom, local people. I have the philosophy that a person where ever he or she is, has to work as part of the community, so what the needs are in that moment is what one has to work for.
It is nice to have your comments, and it is nice to hear that you are from Portland, I lived there for six months, I think is a very beautiful city, my brother, niece and nephew live there.
Saludos desde Ecuador

La vida me lleva por ríos, caminos y montañas, y también me lleva hacia el mar y el amor

sarahgustavus's picture

Global Connection


You had a lovely opening description in this story. It was wonderful to read about the people that have influenced you in the US and Ecuador. I would also like to hear more about the connections you hope to make in the WorldPulse community to further your work. Would you like to meet other women who are working on education or schools?

Overall, great job on this story!


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