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My reason for entering the English classes is to give better service to my clients and to communicate correctly, thus increasing my sales. My goal is to also speak with family and people who are visiting from abroad. I thank the Foundation because I am learning so much and God for His wisdom and understanding. Thank you and many blessings to Jorge and his team. 

Katy, Maria Lida Foundation English Class Student and Small Business Owner

I would like at this time to thank the Maria Lida Foundation, because it has become a great strategic ally of ours! You have helped promote all the tourist attractions we have to offer. That is why I would also like to thank each of you for your contributions to the Maria Lida Foundation, because by contributing to the Foundation, you are also contributing to the development of Alausí.

Byron, Chairman of Pueblo Magico Alausí

During the current pandemic we face, we decided to start making masks. This is how I had the opportunity to contact...the Maria Lida Foundation, and who kindly collaborated with us by buying more than 500 masks (*2,000 masks total as of December 2020*). I am incredibly grateful for your kindness in buying directly from us. Please know that our masks are made with the purpose of helping the most vulnerable people in Alausí.

Maria, Founder of Fundación Reina de Alausí

Every day I use the English I learned at the Maria Lida Foundation's classes to speak with tourists.

Vinicio, Maria Lida Foundation English Class Student

I've seen first hand the work the Maria Lida Foundation does to respect a community's traditions while also helping open the door to future opportunity. This important work changes lives every day!

Elise, Practicum Project Team Lead

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The Maria Lida Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.