"Everything in society tells us to distrust others. I think it's the other way around. We need to profoundly trust in those around us, in their potential and in who they are," the grandmotherly Nelsa Curbelo Cora says. In 1999, she walked into the violence infested city of Guayaquil, Ecuador to BE peace. Through her grassroots work, many of Guayaquil's most dangerous gangs have disarmed, agreed to abandon violence--and now work together to rebuild their community! Watch this profile of Nelsa Curbelo Cora's work.


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  • Lee

    What touched me the most is the unconditional love and trust Nelsa had for each one and putting herself out there and not being intimidated by what happened, because love conquers everything and the unconditional positive regard toward these children who just want to be loved and trust that they to can make a difference in the world.

  • Kevin Reid

    Such an inspirational gift to see the pratically applied power of love and understanding being used to transform our world!

  • scott fisher

    very very important video and work; the youth are the future

  • Frank

    Beautiful. Love truely does conquer all!

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  • Read more about Nelsa Curbelo Cora and her work in this Ashoka Fellows profile.
  • Learn about a global movement to create a nonviolent peace force!
  • Take an attitude of profound trust in your interactions with everyone you meet today.

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