Ambassadors of Peace Against Aids
PIERINA CORREA:
Pierina Correa is originally from Ecuador, but studied three years in Los Angeles, California. Once back home and at twelve years old, she graduated from the Bennedict Academy of Languages and with the highest grade, became the youngest graduate in the history of the institute. It was later that she became an English teacher at this school, where students remember her with much love and respect.

From a very early age Pierina dedicated time and work to volunteering. The Luis Vernaza General Hospital, The Casa Cuna Center and many nursing homes were amongst the many institutions where she worked. Her interest in volunteering came from her Catholic faith, as well as the values her parents instilled in her from a very young age.

She attended both high school and university on scholarships for academic excellence. In her college Liceo Panamericano, she was a Pabellon de Guayaquil scholar and was considered on several occasions for her school’s Philanthropic Award. She graduated with honors from the Catholic University, also in Guayaquil, and was nominated and awarded the prize of Best Faculty Fellow as well as Best University Fellow.

As a university student, Pierina developed an active political agenda so as to increase the availability of student representation in academic curricula as well as within the politics of the university. It was in her college years that she also developed an interest in health awareness, as she believed it was privilege of only few and that it should be available to the masses. It was this vision that led her to create the Abriendo Caminos Foundation, of which she is now the president.

From the age of twelve, she competed in Guayas Volleyball and at age fifteen, she visited the national team. Her career as an athlete earned her the recognition and respect of leaders and amateur players and followers of the sport. She learned many values by practicing this activity like discipline, respect, perseverance and teamwork. These learned principles have influenced how she has developed politically and socially within her career.

Professionally, Pierina is an architect and urban planner. She has specialized in interior design, remodeling, adaptation, building maintenance as well as in furniture design. In the 1990’s, she created Kassaestilos, a magazine which offers real estate and business advice. It was at this point however, that her passions were split in two, as her love for the environment and community work were still very much present.

As Migration Coordinator for Alianza País, Pierina was instrumental to the presidential campaign of her brother. Under her leadership, many welfare-enhancing programs were initiated which allowed her brother, and president, to help improve the lives of Ecuadorian migrants through these policies.
Pierina has also participated in several forums, such as one sponsored by the University of South Carolina in the United States and called “Immigration Policies in the American Continent”. She was also the main speaker for a lecture sponsored by St-Mary’s College in Maryland, which was titled "Rafael Correa: A 100-year-old Historic Bridge". In March 2007, Pierina toured Europe with the Polytechnic School of Ecuador. As advisor for the school, Pierina travelled with colleagues to converse with other tertiary institutions in the region to consult them on procedures to facilitate the validation of degrees from abroad, so as to make students eligible to study in these schools.

In the field of health, Pierina has participated in several national and international forums, such as the “Summit of First Ladies, Spouses and Representatives of Heads of State and Government of the Americas”, held in El Salvador in August 2007. The subject of this conference was on “building a society for all ages” with a specific emphasis on the elderly.

Pierina has partaken in the fourth and fifth “Summits of First Ladies and Women Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean” which were held first in the Dominican Republic and then in Mexico. In these conferences, the feminization of HIV/AIDS was discussed.
In addition, it was this year that Pierina was invited by the Cuban government to come and observe their work with preventive medicine in various locations across the island.
Pierina Correa has also spoken in lectures hosted by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in Spain, on topics of democracy, business and investment opportunity in Ecuador.
Recently, she was elected by an OAS-affiliated organization called POETA (Program Opportunities for Employment in Technology in the Americas) as a consultant. Domestically, Correa has carried forth many campaigns on a periodic basis in a variety of different areas such as micro-enterprise or social awareness. She has catered to the disabled, abused women and to the elderly amongst many other vulnerable groups.

She has developed the “Jóvenes Agentes de Cambio” program in Ecuador. Geared towards youth leaders, this program encourages youth to work out solutions to major social problems. This project is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank’s foundation (IDB). Pierina has also recently received the “Ecuadorian of the Year” award by the “Federación de Entidades Ecuatorianas en el Exterior” as well as two other prizes. This is all because of her support to the Women Entrepreneurs Program in El Triunfo, Guayas, within the country.

Last November, Correa was invited on behalf of her organization to a global event organized by the Israeli Cooperation Agency, The Golda Meir Foundation and UN WOMEN. It was named “The Global Financial Crisis and Its Involvement with Women”. At this conference, she spoke about her experience with the Abriendo Caminos Foundation and how entrepreneurship was a crucial tool to help generate employment and self-employment for vulnerable groups. She spoke specifically of groups in need in poor rural areas and about women especially, by presenting her Women Entrepreneurs Program in El Triunfo. Finally, she also greatly contributed to the conference by being one of the major contributors to the Final Declaration and Plan for Implementation of the Forum on behalf of Spanish-speaking countries

In Ecuador’s campaign season, Guayas Citizen Revolution newspaper was circulated throughout the province. Alongside the social tasks that were being conducted by the Abriendo Caminos Foundation, Pierina lauched a magazine focusing on Civic Journalism and the Community as well as on information analysis. The publication received an excellent response from the general public and was regarded as a refreshing change to the management of the social media and access to information, which had been debated in recent times. Because of this work, Pierina was recognized and named as Honorary Member of the Association of Journalists of Guayaquil.

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XIOMARA CASTRO DE ZELAYA:
Xiomara Castro de Zelaya is the wife of former Honduran president Mr. José Manuel Zelaya Rosales and was previously the First Lady of Honduras.

Biography:
Xiomara was born as Xiomara Castro Sarmiento on the 30th of September, 1959, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She is the daughter of Mr. Irene Castro Reyes and Mrs. Olga Doris Sarmiento Montoya. Xiomara Castro completed her primary and secondary education at the San Jose Institute of Carmén and the Maria Auxiliadora School in Tegucigalpa. Xiomara then graduated from Management without attending university.
In 1976, she married Mr. Manuel Zelaya Rosales and immediately moved to reside in the town of Catacamas, in Olancho, where their children were born: Zoe, Héctor Manuel, Xiomara, Hortencia "La Pichu," and José Manuel.

Her professional career has evolved alongside her husbands. They were both members of the “Association of Spouses from the Rotary Club of Catacamas”. She played an active part in the activities developed within the group to take care of the children in need in the Olancho department. She took part in the creation of the "Centro de Cuidado Diurno para Niños en Catacamas" (Children's Daily Care Center in Catacamas), with the aim of offering assistance to single-parent families led by women including through the creation of projects of basic cleaning, sowing of vegetables and floriculture, as important projects of job development.

Political Life:
Xiomara has been very involved in the country’s political sphere. She organized the women’s branch of the Liberal Party and helped her husband successfully campaign in February 2005. She led the coordination of the Olancho municipality throughout the presidential campaign process.

Following the removal of her husband in the June 28, 2009 coup d'état, Castro led the movement resisting the coup d'état, repeatedly joining thousands of Hondurans in the streets calling for Zelaya's return.
On July 1, 2012, Castro officially launched her presidential campaign at an event in the department of Santa Barbara. She then won her party's primary on November 18, 2012, and on June 16, 2013, Castro was officially chosen to represent Libre in the 2013 Honduran presidential election. Among the attendees were Patricia Rodas, former presidential candidate and Bishop Luis Alfonso Santos Villeda, amongst other leftist national and international politicians.

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CAROLINA DUER:
Campeona Mundial de Box
World Boxing Champion.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Studied at the “Escuela Normal #7”.
NILS KASTBERG:
Nils Kastberg was born in Sweden in 1954 and studied in Argentina. He was the Regional Director for UNICEF Latin America and later, the Director of UNICEF Sudan.