The Heartful Giving Project
Welcome to The Heartful Giving Project! My name is Julia Chiriboga and I am the enthusiastic founder and project director. I have always had a passion for helping people and have been an entrepreneur my whole life. The Heartful Giving Project supports international folk art by providing a Community Arts Center where local artisans can practice and teach their skills. Our first project will take place in Súa, Ecuador and we need YOUR help!
Maryanne Chiriboga is the hard working in-country project director in Ecuador (and my mom). After studying international development at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA, she traveled to Ecuador as a volunteer with a missionary organization. It was while living on the coast in this tiny community of Súa that she first met the group of local artisans who call themselves “Manglares de Súa.”
She was so impressed with the amount of talent they all posses but saddened to see the lack of opportunity provided by the government. Ten years ago, when they formed the association, they set out to construct a communal center for the production of handicrafts to sell to the public.
At that time, a little fundraising was done and a crude pavilion was built as a starting point. The roof is made from banana leaves that do not protect against the rain, the floor is dirt and dangerously uneven, the walls are thin bamboo that allow in the weather and there exists no running water or electricity. However, the facility is in place and with a little attention it can become the Community Arts Center it was intended to be.
Our wish is to help this group of artists fulfill their dream of building a functioning art center where they can practice, teach and sell their traditional handicrafts. Where the youth of the community can have a place to learn marimba dancing. A place where the public can come and celebrate the rich culture that this town has to offer.
- Firstly, it helps to preserve the culture and traditions that are often unique to each rural village.
- Secondly, it provides an alternative activity for the youth keeping them off the streets and out of trouble while teaching them creative thinking and problem solving.
- Thirdly (and more applicable to villages with tourism), increased income for the artisans who will thrive in improved working conditions and will be able to sell to tourists out of their new Community Center.
What We Need
Building Permit $500
What You Get (view reward details over there ----->)
$1 -Small Supporter
$10 - Founding Friend
$20 - Muchos Gracias
$30 - Bracelet Buddy
$75 - Coffee Compadre
$150 - Hammock Hommie
$250 - heARTful Supporter
$400 - Supreme Supporter
$500+ - Corporate Sponsor
Other Ways You Can Help
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Julia Chiriboga is the enthusiastic founder and project director of The Heartful Giving Project. She has always had a passion for helping people and displayed an entrepreneurial spirit even at an early age. Julia loves meeting new people, experiencing new places and learning new things.
Maryanne Chiriboga is the hard working in-country project director in Sua, Ecuador. In 2008, Maryanne graduated from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA where she found her passion in life, International Development. Upon graduating she traveled to Ecuador as a volunteer with a missionary organization. Once this was fulfilled she began to work independently with various groups of poor.
It was while living on the coast in this tiny community of Súa that she first met the group of artisans who call themselves “Central Artisanal Manglares de Sua.” She was so impressed with the amount of talent they all posses but saddened to see the lack of opportunity provided by the government.