Parent Development Initiative

The Parent Development Initiative grew out of a local school’s ambition to create a culture of co-responsibility about education between parents and schools. The aim is to provide parents with tools for personal development. In the past, workshop topics have included managing family relationships through a healthy emotional awareness and concepts in early childhood development. Workshops are taught by highly qualified in-country professionals.

Mariana Freire, parent leader, and Ólguer Paguay, School Principal from Diez de Agosto parish as well as Paola Lagos, Quito-based therapist and past visiting workshop leader at Diez de Agosto parish, and Stephanie Scott, ARP Education Coordinator, pose with the team from Terapia Craniosacral Ecuador and participants of the Vagus Nerve I workshop at INEPE school in Quito. August 2017.


Meet our collaborators for Parent Development Initiative:

Mariana Freire is part-time custodian at   UE República Argentina and also the        parent of a student at the school in                Diez de Agosto parish.

She is a respected parent leader, mother of six and catechism teacher, admired by newer mothers in the community.

Mariana participates in the Parent Development Initiative because she wants to improve family relationships, especially as it pertains to the community’s vulnerable youth.

Ólguer Paguay is teacher and school principal at UE República Argentina in Diez de Agosto parish.

He created the Parent Development Initiative because he believes education is a collaboration between parents, students and teachers and also because he knows that the well-being of the community as a whole and the academic success of individual students are inextricably linked.

Paola Lagos Guerra is a memeber of                 Terapia Cráneosacral Ecuador and a Zapchen instructor. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and aims to use visual communication and design in service of projects which promote sustainable development. By that Paola means projects which preserve cultural and environmental resources and respect diversity. Paola is committed to accompanying                   transformation processes for individuals and communities.

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Andrés Peñaherrera is a member of Terapia Cráneosacral Ecuador and a HIPP instructor. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and is deeply committed     to strengthening local development through strategic planning, organized land use, sustainable agriculture, and intentional economic planning for nations or peoples experiencing economic and lifestyle transitions. Andrés believes that communities have a right to participate          and decide about how their territories should develop and to maintain their own     cultural identities.

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Janet Evergreen has taught body oriented Healing Arts for over twenty-five years. She studied Trauma Healing and Healing the Healer at Eastern Mennonite University. Janet has also trained extensively in Cranial-sacral Therapy, Conflict Resolution and other Treatment and Well-being practices. Janet travels to Ecuador twice each year to teach courses, offer healing services and provide continuing guidance to the healing practitioners she has trained in over 12 years of involvement with various healing communities and educational institutions in Ecuador.

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