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Kendall College and PRO ECUADOR celebrate “Ecuadorian Week” on campus with Gastronomy Demo

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Chef Carlos Gallardo will demonstrate recipes of Ecuadorian origin

Chicago—July 16th, 2014— During the week of July 21st, Kendall College and PRO ECUADOR will transform Kendall’s campus into an Ecuadorian themed hot spot, with an Ecuadorian Gastronomy Demo, a VIP dinner with Ecuador Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suárez, and Ecuadorian themed menus in the school’s cafeteria.

“We’re thrilled to be partners with PRO ECUADOR to bring this unique experience to our campus and our students,” says Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight. “Bringing a rich, cultural experience to our campus is what Kendall is all about and that’s reflected in our growing number of international students.”

Chef Carlos Gallardo, along with six other instructors and several students from Kendall’s sister school, Universidad de Las Americas in Quito, Ecuador, will headline the events of the week with a demonstration of recipes of Ecuadorian origin. Guests of the event will sample the recipes and participate in a question and answer session with the chefs to discuss how they will be able to incorporate these influences into the kitchen.

Our goal is twofold: to promote the greatness and excellence of Ecuadorian gastronomy and to raise awareness about our beautiful Ecuador, the most megadiverse country in the planet, and the Week of Ecuador will provide the best platform to accomplish them both,” said Trade Commissioner of Ecuador in Chicago, Borys Mejia.

June 10th: Day of the Ecuadorian People

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The Miami City Council declared June 10th as the “Day of Ecuadorian People,” after recognizing the contributions of the Ecuadorian community in the Capital of the Sun.

Miami mayor Tomás Regalado made this resolution tangible during a Town Hall event on June 10th. The official also gave Ambassador of Ecuador Nathalie Cely Suarez the keys to the city and a special recognition to Eduardo Rivadeneira, Consulate General of Ecuador in Miami.

In Ambassador Cely’s remarks, she highlighted Ecuador’s economic and social breakthroughs. Thereafter, Consulate General Rivadeneira received a standing ovation from the audience for introducing the renowned international tourism campaign video of “All you need is Ecuador.”

Promoting Ecuador Through the Arts

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Esau Chauca, a Human resources Specialist and Executive Director of the Ayazama Ecuadorian Cultural Center in New York, arrived to the United States when he was only 5-years-old. Like many immigrants, Esau had to quickly adapt to the lifestyle and language of a new country, which created a disconnect from his native Ecuador.

After getting introduced to the founder of the Ayazamana Ballet, they partnered together to launch the Ayazamana Ecuadorian Cultural Center – a place where people from all backgrounds learn about Ecuadorian traditions through the art of dance and vocal lessons.

Ayazamana, or rest of soul in the Kichwa language, is what attracts people to learning more about the Ecuadorian culture says Esau. “Many of our ancestral traditions help people find themselves in the vast space called universe. These traditions also give people a greater meaning to our interaction with nature and the world in general.”

The Ayazamana Cultural Center’s mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture and educate the community about Ecuadorian customs and traditions through the arts.

At the cultural center, kids and adults get introduced to the basics of singing, before introducing them to traditional Ecuadorian and contemporary Spanish music. The Ayazamana Dance Group is perhaps the cultural center’s best-known performance, performing traditional dances from different regions of Ecuador. The fundamental goal of the Ayazamana Dance Group is to allow the community to have greater access to Ecuadorian culture through dance, so that the public can appreciate the richness and diversity that exists in Ecuador.

The dance group performs throughout the year in different types of venues such as theaters, libraries, government institutions, museums, universities, and parades.”

“Through the cultural center, I have met many people who have motivated me and inspired me to share the Ecuadorian culture with others through the services we provide.”

Esau says his experience at the cultural center is not limited to managing the organization. He finds the most motivation interacting with other people who share his passion for Ecuadorian culture and values.

“Being part of this project has given me the opportunity to understand and embrace what it means to be Ecuadorian and to feel proud about it.”

Helen Arteaga—Healthier Communities, Better Communities For All!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Helen Arteaga is the director of Plaza del Sol Family Health Center in Corona, Queens. Born in New York to Ecuadorian parents, Helen was raised in Ecuador until age 12.

She spent her teenage years working alongside her dad as he struggled to advocate for the Corona community and assist residents to seek amnesty during the Reagan years. Helen often felt as if her home was an immigration office given the number of individuals her family helped.

“My culture became stronger,” says Helen. “Seeing how my father helped his community made it very clear that nothing was impossible for the Hispanic community of Corona if we stayed united.”

In the late 80s and early 90s, AIDS was taking a toll among Hispanics in the United States. During this time, Helen saw the injustices endured by the Hispanic community when seeking healthcare in an area where not many medical providers spoke Spanish and translators were not available at local clinics and hospitals. Many were undocumented and were unaware of Medicaid or other programs that could help them receive the care they needed.

After the death of her father, she set out to build a health center that would provide quality healthcare to the residents of her beloved Corona. Growing up, Helen knew instinctively, from her own experience, that Corona lacked healthcare resources and that many of the residents did not have access to affordable healthcare.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from New York University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, Helen partnered with Urban Health Plan, Inc. to open Plaza del Sol. The center, which cares for all residents of Corona, opened in 2009 and has provided healthcare to more than 22,000 patients since opening.

“It is invaluable to have someone who can explain things to you in Spanish when you go to the doctor’s office in a place like Corona, Queens—where there is a large Spanish-dominant community,” said Helen.

Plaza Del Sol is changing the face of healthcare in Corona. Eighty percent of their pediatric patients are vaccinated, 60 percent of patients are screened for cancer, and 100 percent of pregnant mothers have carried their children full-term. But at Plaza Del Sol, it is more than just caring for the wellbeing of the individual. Plaza del Sol also provides social support to help many cope with the challenges of becoming Americanized and they also offer programs for youth including homework help and mentoring. Recently, it opened a community garden to help patients learn about eating healthy.

“I can say that the Corona community is healthier because of Plaza del Sol,” said Helen. “You can see it. You see fewer kids missing school and fewer parents missing work because fewer children are sick. The patients are dreaming more. If you are healthy, anything is possible. You can work harder and you can study harder. A healthy community is a better community for all us.”

Helen has been honored by numerous community based organizations. In 2010, she was one of 31 women selected by the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues to be featured in “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen,” a series highlighting women who made a difference in their communities. She also received the Community Impact Award, Humanitarian Award and City of New York American Dreamer Award.


Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The Prometeo Project is looking forward to incorporate a Ph.D. or Doctorate, expert in scientific documentation, to the Project.

We would appreciate the promotion of this call through your networks and / or submit to us the information of an expert who fulfills the requirements.
For additional information please contact Nohelia Zambrano (

Here’s an overview of the Project:

Evaluation of processes within the Prometeo Project, regarding the qualification criteria and research proposals, to obtain quality projects.


• Determine the criteria for the evaluation of the results obtained from the research projects
• Improve and strengthen the analysis process of the research proposals
• Improve the quality of research proposals
• Enhance the assessment tools when rating the applicants
• Provide training to the Prometeo team about the scientific research methodologies and techniques

Incorporation date: Immediate – June-July 2014
Period: 12 months