La Violeta (The Violet) is a unique World Vision engagement between an indigenous community of Ecuador and a collaboration of national and international churches. Like most first nation people, La Violeta represents the margins of society where an entire people group have lived for generations under systemic oppression and neglect. As a church, we had a choice – a hand-out or a hand-up? We chose the latter and are so glad we did. All around the world, the single greatest ticket out of poverty is a good education. Through a proven academic intervention, we are helping to move the next generation out of dependency and into sustainability. The indigenous youth are entering university and are committed (once their education is completed) to returning to their communities to give back what was given to them. Their faith is an inspiration to us all!
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