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Living Heart

About Us

Living Heart Peru is a registered Peruvian charity and is eligible for donations. We work with vulnerable populations in the highland communities above Peru's Sacred Valley to implement sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health and education initiatives.  We are not affiliated with any religion or profit-making organization, and maintain a commitment to operate with transparency, integrity and sensitivity.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to become an internationally recognized, transparent NGO focusing on children;  renowned for our integrity, consistency, compassion and holistic approach in all aspects of our work within the remote Andean communities.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to help develop self-sustaining agriculture, health and education initiatives in remote, impoverished highland communities above Peru's Sacred Valley.  In order to support vulnerable children, individuals both men and women and the elderly, we employ a community based holistic approach and encourage partnerships with the community members that empower them to make our initiatives thrive.

Our Values

Guided by our hearts in all actions, we decided to use the word HEART as the heading for our values:

H: Honest, committed, genuine, transparent, working with integrity

E: Ethical in our operations & actions

A: Aware of the needs and background of the communities we work with; raising social awareness through education, continual monitoring and support

R: Respectful of the cultural values, social structures and customs within our communities and our international team

T: Team Work - a strong, positive, and motivated team that works collaboratively and in harmony for the greater good of Living Heart with open and honest communication.



In 2002, at the age of 71, Sonia Newhouse decided to leave her life in England and move to Peru.  She began her adventure by dedicating five years to volunteering in Cusco, where she lived and worked closely with the people of the Sacred Valley.  While she formed meaningful relationships with the locals, Sonia began to recognized the presence of issues such as malnutrition, and domestic violence.  Sonia couldn't stand to see these issues persist with such little recognition and even less assistance from the international community, so she committed to raise awareness and support for these vulnerable people.

With the success of many of Living Heart Peru’s initiatives came more publicity and more requests for help. In 2013 Sonia decided to finally retire and continue a peaceful life out of Peru and passed the leadership of Living Heart Peru on to Io Sophia Gillhuber, who maintains the organization’s commitment to helping people to help themselves while respecting their self-identified needs, visions and desires.  We believe firmly in the potential of the people in the remote Andes to overcome adversity and we are here to help them however we can.

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