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Sonia Newhouse – Executive Director 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 NGO 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 a successful cafe and NGO. This, linked with her tenacity to make any project she starts a success is the reason Living Heart is recognized across this area of Peru and growing worldwide, as an NGO with a difference.
Rita Año Olivera – Director of Project Coordination
Rita has been an integral part of the Living Heart team since 2008. She is a qualified nurse who specializes in nutrition and women’s sexual health. Born in the mountains and raised in the Sacred Valley, Rita boasts an extensive knowledge of natural remedies, local plants & herbs, organic gardening and harvesting – to mention but a few of her many talents. As a fluent native Quechua-speaker Rita is now Living Heart’s primary liaison with the communities and instrumental in helping us to set up new projects and monitor progress.
Heather Buchanan – Director of Administration
Following on from a life changing 6 months of voluntary work, working on organisational development and healthcare programs with Living Heart, Heather has resigned from her roles as an area manager and pharmacist in Boots UK , to fully commit to working with Living Heart and the excellent work they do in Peru. As a pharmacist, healthcare remains close to Heather’s heart.
Susanna Webber – Trustee of UK Registered Charity Living Heart
Susanna Webber is a key member of the UK Board of Trustees and helps to run our UK Registered Charity, Living Heart. Susanna is a professional photographer and actively helps to fundraise by selling her range of blank photographic greeting cards called andean images and trades as susanna price images.