Sonia Newhouse – Founder of Living Heart Peru Sonia has led a small team in the initial years using her experiences in nutrition, organic gardening and business to create an innovative and successful non-profit-organization through collaboration, integrity and passion. Her previous experience in recognizing where there was a human need, researching, initiating and developing businesses has given her the required skills to set up successful and sustainable aid projects. This, linked with her tenacity to make any project she starts a success is the reason Living Heart Peru is recognized across this area of Peru and growing worldwide, as an NGO with a difference.
Io Sophia Gillhuber – Executive Director of Living Heart Peru In 2015 Io Sophia took over the leadership of Living Heart Peru and manages its projects with her extensive experience in the NGO sector, as well as in the fields of social work, rural development, natural resource management, public relations and international communication. Io Sophia, turned her focus to international development cooperation and has been committed in different NGOs and national and international organizations for 10 years. Her mission is helping people to help themselves, while always respecting their culture and customs, their self-identified needs, visions and desires. She believes in potential of the people in remote areas in the Peruvian Andes, first of all represented by its children and its unique knowledge, to overcome disparity.
Volunteers Living Heart Peru also benefits from the help of long-term volunteers. These volunteers travel to Perú and assist the organization with everything from marketing and fundraising to teaching Spanish. Due to the unpredictable nature of non-profit work, volunteers must be flexible and self-motivated. They work closely with Living Heart Peru staff and community members to assist where they are needed most. In addition to helping with the ongoing projects of Living Heart Peru, volunteers can take the initiative to develop new projects according to their skills and interests. Many of the projects that Living Heart Perú implements would not be possible without the help of our skilled and experienced volunteers. For these reasons volunteering with Living Heart Perú is an unforgettable experience that enriches volunteers’ lives and careers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us!