Impact Report | 2020
2020 Impact Report
Dear Supporters:

Season's Greetings from our team in Ecuador and the United States! We updated our newsletter design and hope you enjoy the new features.

We have exciting updates about our work in Ecuador in 2020. COVID19 wreaked havoc on the world with Ecuador being no exception. Although the pandemic brought its challenges, it also provided new areas of opportunity, activity and impact that we are proud to share in this report.

Thank you all very much for your support of our cause. We are inspired by the dedication of our supporters and team to produce change when communities in Ecuador need it most. We wish you and your family a safe, blessed, and Merry Christmas/Holiday Season and look forward to continuing to make great things happen in 2021!


The Maria Lida Foundation Team
2020 Highlights
Nizag Community Project

We are excited to announce that this year we launched a business consulting project with the Nizag indigenous community in the Alausí, Ecuador area.

Through this project, we helped the community evaluate their business strategy for the Condor Monument tourism site, set up systems for gathering tourism analytics, strategize on how to reopen the Condor site, implement tourism safety precautions, and assist with their social media management.

Our results thus far for this project include:

150 hours of consulting

11% increase in tourism at Nizag's Condor Monument site (since reopening in the Fall)

We look forward to continuing this partnership with the Nizag indigenous community in 2021!

For more information on the Condor site, visit:

COVID19 Relief Efforts

In response to the COVID19 crisis in Ecuador, we delivered much needed relief in the Alausí, Ecuador region. With the help of our supporters, we are proud to announce that we delivered over 7,200 lbs. of aid to vulnerable neighborhoods in Alausí, Ecuador! Other results from our COVID19 missions include:

2,000 face masks delivered

1,000 meal kits (each meal kit can feed a family for approximately one week) delivered

4,000 people in the Alausí, Ecuador region served

3.6 tons of aid provided

Thank you very much to those who have supported our COVID19 relief efforts! We expect to continue these missions as needed in 2021. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please click on the link below:

SiAlausi Website

In February 2020, we launched, a website to provide comprehensive information to domestic and international tourists on how travel to and experience Alausí, Ecuador. Our vision is to use tourism as a tool to promote economic development in the area.

Although the tourism industry has been negatively impacted due to the COVID19 crisis, it is expected to recover. In the mean time, we are working with the community to focus on domestic tourism (including American expats living in Ecuador). Our vision in 2021 is to continue using the platform to promote Alausí far and wide as a tourist destination.

You can learn more information by visiting:

English Program

This year we launched a Third Cohort of our English Program. Our team implemented new reinforcement/ tutoring sessions to help students make up missed materials and provide the opportunity for additional practice. In 2020 our results for this program include:

138 hours spent on our English program

116 hours of English instruction provided

350 plus hours of total instruction provided since English program launched

50 plus students served since English program launched

(Note: our English classes have been on pause since Spring 2020 due to COVID19. We expect to resume and expand this program in 2021.)

In 2020 we have sustained and expanded partnerships to support our mission of promoting self-sustaining economic development in Ecuador. This includes organizations in Ecuador and the Untied States such as:

  • Alausí Tours
  • Davenport University
  • Fundación Reina de Alausí
  • JC Radio La Bruja Ecuador
  • Local Police Force in Alausí, Ecuador
  • Municipality of Alausí, Ecuador
  • Nizag Indigenous Community
  • Pueblo Magico Alausí
  • Social Entrepreneur Corps
  • Solis Family
  • Tia Supermercado in Alausí, Ecuador
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

We greatly appreciate our partners joining our important cause in Ecuador!
Pueblo Magico Project

This year we continued our involvement with the Pueblo Magico initiative in Alausí, Ecuador. Pueblo Magico is a committee of community members who promote tourism in the Alausí, Ecuador area.

Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism granted Alausí special status as a "Pueblo Magico" or "Magic Town" in late 2019 due to the town's historical, architectural, and cultural significance. The local Pueblo Magico committee had to apply for this special status and Alausí was one of the first towns in Ecuador to receive this designation.

In 2020 the Maria Lida Foundation worked closely with Alausi's Pueblo Magico leadership and committee to help them strategize on how to safely reopen tourism in Alausí, and focus on domestic tourism until the international tourism industry recovers from the COVID19 pandemic.
Virtual Fundraiser and Giving Tuesday Events
We held our first virtual fundraiser on October 24th, 2020. It was an incredible event with special messages from our partners in Alausí, raffle prizes, a lively auction, and surprise message from Urban Meyer!

Thank you very much to all who attended this special event and to our event sponsors including:

In addition, recently it was #GivingTuesday, a day where many around the world participate in charitable causes. You may view our #GivingTuesday campaign on our social media pages.

If you were unable to participate in our Virtual Fundraiser or #GivingTuesday campaigns, but would like to make a contribution to the Maria Lida Foundation, you may do so by clicking on the link below:

Maria Lida Foundation Team Highlight

"As a Board Member it brings me joy that we are able to help the people of Alausí, Ecuador and the surrounding cities with COVID19 relief, economic development opportunities, English classes, and more. Knowing that we are changing people's lives is very rewarding."

-Amy Marshall, Board Secretary of the Maria Lida Foundation

Contribute to our cause as part of your year-end giving by clicking on the "DONATE NOW" button below.

Donations will be used in 2021 to:

  • Reopen and expand English and educational programs
  • Expand project
  • Expand business consulting services
  • Continue COVID19 relief efforts as needed

The Maria Lida Foundation is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in which contributions may be tax-deductible.
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