The Saraguran people can be found in the Andes of southern Ecuador. They are a group that still follows their agricultural roots in the fertile soils around them. Twenty-five percent of Ecuadorians have indigenous heritage, and these children are showing off some of their native styles of dress for a Christmas program. Most of the time, these same youth would be found in a t-shirt and jeans, though some of their peers still wear traditional outfits on a daily basis.
The program was hosted by the Centro San Juan Bosco, which is a center for youth ages 5- 12 hosted by the city government of Loja, Ecuador. Children typically attend school for only half a day, so this gives them a place to go before or after their classes and receive tutoring or enrichment activities, in addition to a nutritious meal.
Submitted by Chandi Wagner, RPCV Ecuador, 2005-2007
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