About Me: My name is José Ignacio Mendizabal, I am a 17 years old, ecuadorian artist. I was born in Quito, the capital of the country, and have lived here my entire life. Since I was a little boy, I have always loved to paint, and that has guided my life through a path full of dreams, thoughts, and feelings. I took a gap year from school to focus on my art, and now I am making music too. I have two siblings, a brother and a sister, which since we were small we have always loved to help other people and travel. Other things I enjoy lots are collecting things I like, for example, Legos, CDs, Hot Wheels, and more, but maybe what I enjoy most is always being who I really am.
My mission: Since I was little, I have always been taught to be fair, righteous, and to help people if I can, that is why I am so happy of being part of Beyond Lagartococha, because we deliver help and love to people who need it. My goal here is to keep on with this project and focus on the different things we can do to help the Secoya community. I think that we, as teenagers with a stable situation, have the responsability of doing what we can for these people, that is why I feel like all of us are thankful of participating in this project.