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I was born 21 years ago in the city of Esmeraldas, in the north of Ecuador. I grew up surrounded by the amazing beauty of the mountains and the ocean lapping at the shores of the beaches of my home province. My country has four natural regions and the people in all four are hard-working, generous, cheerful and proud to be from here, from the centre of the earth.

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However, in this nation I have also seen firsthand the exclusion, pain and anguish of some of the most defenceless people: my fellow Ecuadorians living with a disability. Too many disabled people in my country have been overlooked, left suffering and unaided as though they were not our brothers and sisters, as though they were nobodies, from nowhere.

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Seeing such situations, such indifference weighed heavily on my heart. My character prevented me from being just another onlooker.

When I learned that the Manuela Espejo Mission had been created, and heard of its achievements I felt reassured.

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My admiration and respect for Dr. Lenín Moreno Garcés, Vice President of Ecuador, grew greatly. He travelled to the most remote areas to relieve the suffering of such people.

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In him I saw a leader. That great opportunity I had been awaiting had finally arrived.

As a candidate for Miss Ecuador and now as Miss Ecuador for the Miss World pageant, I joined the ranks of volunteers of the Manuela Espejo Solidary Brigades.

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No matter how distant, how difficult or inaccessible a location is, we have never given up. Hundreds of brigade members work together to find a way to reach, identify and provide solutions for the needs of our 294,000 disabled brothers and sisters and their families.

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Manuela Espejo has been exported to several other Latin American nations…

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“It was very important to get to Peru to help Junior. I found it quite moving to spend some time with him. I soon realized that he needs much assistance. We are going to carry on this work that is so wonderful.”

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I discovered that other side to my country: the land of exclusion. That silent form of violence surviving in the shadows which slowly but surely, in a systematic way we are changing.

Every day we provide homes, wheelchairs, beds, mattresses, crutches, refrigerators, stoves and other equipment necessary to help people in need to live decently.

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A network of care-providers has been created to follow up on cases, and there is also the Joaquin Gallegos Lara grant which compensates family members and ensures the continuity of specialised treatments required by disabled persons.

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For us it is very fulfilling to provide assistance and to see the grateful happy smiles, as was the case of Juan Carlos and his mother Veronica.

I feel deeply proud to be an Ecuadorian, to belong to this country that has dared to challenge and lead the world in providing solutions for the inclusion of and encouraging respect for persons living with a disability.

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I have been able to give a part of my life to improve the lives of others. We have overcome so many difficulties, bringing light to where there was previously only darkness, enabling happiness to displace fear, and embraces to replace indifference.

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My country…where the revolution of love has painted hope in many colors

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Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.
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