Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities

by Fundacion Hearts of Gold
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities

Hi everyone, Mirame and Pathway to Womanhood have undergone some wonderful advancements this first quarter of the year, as we’ve begun a pilot program for menstrual health education for underprivileged girls in Cuenca, Ecuador and also expanded the team. Gabriela Pinos is the new program director, and she’s done a great job launching the pilot & taking on program development for the year. Let’s hear from Gabi about what she and the projects have experienced so far in 2022…


“When the opportunity to create a special program to educate girls about their menstrual cyclicity came to me, I never imagined the impact this could have on the community. In our society in Ecuador, menstruation and all the natural processes of women have always been seen as something ‘dirty’ and taboo; as something that should not be talked about. It was very special for me to feel my inner child again, to create this unique 5 week program. 

Inspired by the cyclicity of the moon and the 4 archetypes that all women have inside, our pilot walks students through these 4 important phases. Once a week in each class, girls explore an archetype in creative ways in order to learn what each phase brings in regards to energies and role modeling. We share how they can put these energies and ideas into practice in their daily life, and by doing so we connect young ladies with their budding feminine essence. 

There are 5 workshops in total: the first workshop is introductory and the following 4 workshops are designed to connect girls with these 4 women archetypes: the joy and playfulness of the maiden, the love and self care of the mother, the creative magic of the enchantress, and the wisdom and restful intuition of the wise woman. 

After sharing this first pilot with the girls, I feel very satisfied and proud with the results. We have planted a seed in the hearts of these girls. We have seen great change in them. At the beginning of classes, I could see their shyness to talk openly about these topics. But little by little through games and creative activities, we were able to share the importance of reconnecting with our two hearts: the heart in our chest and also the heart in our womb. 

The program has had great impact on the girls, as it has allowed them to explore new perspectives and knowledge about the menstrual cycle and femininity. By sharing all this wisdom they get to know their bodies better, and lose their fear and shame of expressing themselves and living their femininity with freedom and awareness.

This pilot also generated an impact in the community, since these girls have shared all this wisdom with their sisters, mothers and friends. Because of this unexpected result, we now see it is necessary to create a special workshop for the mother’s of these girls, so mothers and daughters can simultaneously learn the same topic, and can bond in shared knowledge about our cyclical nature as women, and the sacredness of these rites of passage.

It has been beautiful to see these girls open their hearts like budding flowers, ready to open and bloom towards the world. I even see them as butterflies that are coming out of their cocoons, ready to fly free and explore the world; empowered, liberated from prejudice, and with a loving vision of their bodies and their femininity.

Thank you so very much for making this experience and learning possible for these young girls. It will mark their lives for forever, and be with them as they grow into empowered women.”

  • Gabriela Pinos, Program Director 2022

Thank you again for your support of Mirame and Pathway to Womanhood. It’s been a long journey since we began in 2018, and just like Gabi states of the girls in our pilot for menstrual education, Mirame’s and Pathway to Womanhood’s programs and progress are also budding, ready to bloom into the wider world.  

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Resumption of interrupted projects as the year 2021 comes to an end due to the pandemic due to COVID , please wait to hear from us in this new year 2022, we are eager to get back to working alongside and for the women of Ecuador, we want them to be able to meet their goals and achieve their objectives.
By Colleen Eschenburg - Project Leader

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Hello all, here’s a quick project update as we enter into the close of 2021

Mirame has offered pro-bono project consulting to a new initiative focused on offering menstrual education to young women in marginalized communities.  Mirame looks forward to seeing this initiative come together over the next year, and hopes to financially sponsor materials for these educational classes. The curriculum is still being designed, and it integrates a variety of resources for menstrual care, including but not limited to: plants women can grow in their home, or find locally, to treat conditions that arise throughout a women’s menstrual cycle, hygiene products and how to use them or create them at home, and supplementary education on women’s cycles from local traditions and native archetypes.

Likewise, Mirame is moving forward with the Danza Primordial workshop outlined in the previous report. Due to family health concerns I attended over the summer months, planning for the workshop was interrupted. Come October, I look forward to leading this project again with great commitment and bravado, starting with the return of self-care and personal empowerment workshops for women leaders.  

The close of 2021 promises to be a great time to tie up loose ends, clear out project debris, and receive 2022 with renewed commitment to annual projects, and surprise opportunities for program growth. 

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Hi everyone, 


Thanks for welcoming Mírame into your inbox with a new update! 


I’m excited to share that Mírame is organizing it’s first round of women’s empowerment workshops for community leaders-- thanks to the end-of-year donations the program received in December.  


With this new infusion, Mírame is collaborating with local female leaders to lead holistic health & wellness workshops for non-profit women professionals. 


As pillars of strength, and resources for marginalized communities in Ecuador, we believe that it’s critical that these women of leadership and community service positions tune into and understand their own needs, and how to respond to them. Ultimately, this allows them to continue to serve valuable missions from a place of wellness, instead of burning out and withdrawing from positions of vital community service. 


To support this end, Mírame will offer a 7 series workshop on “The Management of Primordial Energy” to 20 Ecuadorian nonprofit women leaders; thanks to collaboration from the cultural center Casa Guacamaya, and Psychologist Andrea Malo.


In this workshop series, these women leaders will explore the “primordial body”, or the centers of the self where vital energy, emotional energy, and creative energy are stored. This experiential learning series is backed by gestalt and transpersonal psychology sciences, and is designed to assist therapists, coaches, teachers and professionals who focus on the well-being and personal development of others to understand, protect and channel their primordial energies for the benefits of integrated mind-body leadership and service. 


Last year, a short intensive course was offered as a way to offer self-care exercises during the pandemic, when many nonprofit leaders were hit with an outpouring of new needs to their suffering communities. This workshop received great acclaim, and therefore we’re excited to have the opportunity, not only to re-host the class, but to extend it into a formal 7-session experience. 


Outcomes from the class we expect our 20 nonprofit leaders to enjoy this time around are: 

  • The ability to understand the body’s energy signals (emotional, creative, physical.. etc) and how to channel this energy for best-fit-purposes of self-care and community leadership
  • Access to a roadmap of their own body, that enables them to connect/reconnect with their body’s needs, energy status, and internal capabilities. 
  • A healthy, balanced internal environment from which leaders can serve with clarity, discernment and calm.
  • A removal of stagnant internal energy for service leaders in strong emotionally and physically demanding positions.
  • The ability to expand & channel desired energies in a positive fashion.


We’re excited to begin a new adventure for women’s empowerment workshops this year, and would love to keep you posted on results from the workshop. Likewise, there will be more fun to be had this year, so stay tuned for more from Mírame as 2021 progresses. 


Many thanks to you and your support for helping women leaders grow stronger in a time of global crisis and transformation. Much love to you and yours. 

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Today, I’d like to give a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Mírame donors!!

This past December, Mírame received a very special donation that has breathed new life into the program! A very special thank you to donors with the initials JKW & DRW – and to our reoccurring donors – for sustaining Mírame’s initiative to support and empower women in Ecuador.

This past quarter has been relatively quiet, as the remaining funds available to the program we’re reserved for Mírame’s highlighted annual project, Respected Childbirth Week, which takes place in May. Thanks to the end of year gifts we received from various donors, Mírame is proud to have the opportunity to plan more activities for the year, far beyond Respected Childbirth week.  

With this infusion of funding, I look forward to laying the foundation for an in-person women’s leadership retreat (provided COVID concerns lift as we move into the future) and coordinating a new series of online workshops to support women’s holistic health education.

Stay tuned for the next quarterly report to see what shakes out regarding new project planning and objectives! Many thanks to your support and contributions to help women in Ecuador transform, grow, and take on new aspects of leadership within their own lives and their communities. As Michelle Obama stated so poignantly, “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued”; here, we take on the challenge of helping women value themselves, for the benefit of their communities. <3


Colleen Eschenburg, Mírame Project Leader

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Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
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Maria Jose Orellana
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