♥ Luz Dari Lasso Manrique, an English Teacher at Francisco de Paula Santander, in the municipality of El Tambo department of Cauca in Colombia first learned about the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® in 2019 when Caye Poe and John Francis of Yamhill County, Oregon introduced the Purple Hands Pledge® to students, teachers, and administrators while doing humanitarian work in Colombia.
♥ Luz jumped at the opportunity to implement our Purple Hands program in her region, as violence was a prevailing issue.
♥ At her school, Francisco de Paula Santander, 750 children from ages 5 to 19 attended school and were introduced to the Purple Hands Pledge®.
♥ Luz’s 8th grade class of 35 students took on the Pledge and were eager to teach their neighboring schools about the Purple Hands Pledge® during their Cultural Week Event in August.
♥ Students chose this week specifically because many students, children, and families were expected to visit. This was the perfect opportunity to spread our message!