Milestones

2018

May: Maria Lida Foundation is created

July: Held First Annual Fundraiser Event

August: Secured Center for Experiential Learning ("CEL") contract with the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, MO ("WashU")

November: Launched pilot English class cohort

2019

January: First Alausí Program Director begins working with Foundation       

January: Hosted WashU students, faculty, and donors in Alausí

February: Held Session One of pilot English cohort

April: Launched second English class cohort

May: Obtained 501(c)(3) status as a Public Charity from the IRS 

June: Obtained nonprofit status in Ecuador 

July: Held first graduation ceremony for pilot English class cohort 

September: Jorge Mora began work as Director 

September: Launched third English class cohort 

November: Began project to promote Alausí digitally to tourists 

November: Alausí receives status as a "Pueblo Magico" 

https://www.turismo.gob.ec/alausi-muestra-su-encanto-como-pueblo-magico-de-ecuador/

2020

January: Secured contract with Davenport University 

February: Launched SiAlausi.com website 

May: Provided COVID-19 relief in Alausí region 

June: Provided COVID-19 relief in Alausí region