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Sonia Newhouse

founder

Best described as a “free spirit”, Sonia Newhouse packed her bags in England and arrived in Lima in 2002 to begin something new at the young age of 71! Instantly in love with the spirit of Peru, she began by enrolling in Spanish School, then heading to Cusco where she stayed for 2 years. Altitude sickness forced Sonia into a crucial decision – home to England or the Sacred Valley near Cusco. Thankfully she chose the Sacred Valley and hasn’t looked back since.

Amongst other achievements, Sonia’s experience in starting businesses, volunteering and welfare opportunities bode her well for life in the valley community of Huaran. Here she began to understand the plight of local women and children both in Huaran and the surrounding villages and became familiar with with the Quechuan culture. Her first project was converting a local classic hacienda into a hostel and it was during this time that Sonia realised more and more the need to help children and women who were suffering from malnutrition, domestic violence, health issues and lack of facilities. Amazed at the cycle of life and poverty within these villages, in 2007, the 76 year old Sonia moved to Ollantaytambo, opened a café and used the benefits to help start Living Heart with the aim of supporting highland communities in a holistic manner and having a specific goal to open a home for abandoned children.


It is now 2010 and Sonia continues to spearhead Hearts Café and Living Heart with the support of many followers, helpers, locals and volunteers who simply wish to continue her compassionate desire to help improve the lives of the women and children in and around the Sacred Valley of Peru.

 
   
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