Project information

Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture Programme

To reduce malnutrition by supporting more than 2,500 vulnerable children, women and men in the most disadvantaged highland communities of the Sacred Valley, Peru through better nutrition, health and education. To empower local children, women and men to help themselves and help others.

our aim is to implement it during 5 years in each community (costs for one year)

Charity information

Living Heart

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  • Need


    Malnutrition: Access to these remote highland communities can be very difficult due to nonexistent road maintenance. The huge temperature and weather variation, altitude and poor soil means the only vegetable the communities can grow are potatoes which form their staple diet. the result is malnourished children (low body weight, small for their age, listless with no energy to play and struggling to stay awake in class). Persistent diarrhea caused by polluted parasitic water compounds the problem


    The 21 nutritious recipes that living Heart carefully designed to increase the children's access to a wide range of nutrients now provide them with a more complete nutritional package based on over 20 vegetables and crops. Following the success of the schools' nutrition program, Living Heart has begun an Educational Greenhouse to ensure long term sustainability and transfer capability and responsibility from the NGO to the community by enabling them to grow their own organic produce year round.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide over 400 children and abandoned elderly with a hot breakfast and lunch each school day


    » Shop for food and arrange for transportation of food to schools
    » Build or support the cost of building or repairing the school kitchen and secure clean food storage.
    » Provide nutritious recipes adapted to specific local needs, train and pay a small stipend to a local parent to prepare 2meals each school day
    » Ensuring the community fulfil their responsibilities of providing volunteers to help the cook, wood for cooking and local anti parasitic herbs.

    Success will be improvement of child's development: growth/health/energy levels/cognitive development/higher levels of enrollment/attendance at school

    Aim 2

    Build an Educational Greenhouse and teach locals to transfer responsibility from NGO to community


    » Build high-altitude school greenhouse and train community members in the construction.
    » Form a community greenhouse association, responsible for the day-to-day care and maintenance of the greenhouse and the distribution of the harvest
    » Train and pay a small stipend to a local greenhouse caretaker in each community
    » Provide a Greenhouse expert to teach children and community in the care and cultivation of produce as well as cooking classes based on harvest

    Success will be the amount of produce grown in the greenhouses, community participation in workshops, improved nutritional status in the community, number of family greenhouses

  • Impact


    Healthy children learn better. People with adequate nutrition are more productive and can create opportunities to gradually break the cycle of poverty and hunger (World Health Organization). Better nutrition means better cognitive development and concentration in school.
    We assess the children for height and weight at the beginning and end of the school year and have found improved development as a result of the nutrition programme. Improved health for the community as a whole.


    Lack of participation by the community and not fulfilling their responsibilities, local strikes, bad road conditions in rainy season, language and cultural barriers. Living Heart works with communities where the need is great and we are invited in to help. Living Heart has organised meetings and contracts with the community to explain and detail the joint responsibilitie of both parties. Local Quechua'speaking nurse and driver work along with us as community liaisons in all community projects.


    We produce a quarterly newsletter which provides information on the progress of all our projects. We have a blog in which volunteers write about their experience with Living Heart and we also use Facebook updating regularly with news from our projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,036

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,901 Food/Nutriton Purchase Food, cook salaries, cooking workshops
      £12,738 transportation (one-time) purchase of a 4x4 truck which allows us access to the communities in the rainy season
      £5,391 Adm. staff salaries of Living Heart's staff
      £2,813 greenhouse purchase of construction materials 7 transportation transportation
      £2,193 agriculture training 20 training workshop, purchase of farming tools, seeds, educational materials, org.manure

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    personal pedges £20,000 Conditional
    Foundation 1 £4,865 Conditional
    Foundation 2 £3,850 Conditional
    Foundation 3 £8,000 Conditional
    Hearts Cafe £1,024 Conditional
  • Background


    The project is located in 5 highland communities above the Sacred Valley of Peru in the southern Andes, above 3.800 m height; harsh climate conditions and infertile soil.Despite the fact that the Peruvian economy is growing the impact on these high Andean Communities is minimal Today 44.5% of Peruvians live below the poverty line. In the southern Andes the rate can be as high as 78%. Half of the children in these communities do not complete primary school, and illiteracy rates is higher that 70


    Over 2,500 vulnerable children, women and men in the most disadvantaged highland communities of the Sacred Valley. These high Andean communities suffer form social isolation due to lack of access, especially in the rainy season and a language barrier as a large percentage of the rural population only speak Quechua. Living Heart creates value by employing, training and empowering local men and women to directly influence the nutritional status, health and education of the local children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With 5 years experience work in remote Andean communities, Living Heart's staff are recognised experts in the field of humanitarian projects in the Sacred Valley. The organization is well respected locally and internationally. The small team now has the capacity to train new members of staff and expand into new communities. Overseen by a board of trustees (75% Peruvian) and led by Sonia Newhouse, the organization has a solid foundation from which to grow.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sonia Newhouse, President And Founder

    Nutritionist, networker and international promoter, catalyst for future development

    Fani Karaivanova, NGO Manager

    project coordinator, NGO representative, marketing, fundraising, networking, contact with local authorities and organisations, day-to-day business

    Rita AñO Olivera, Nurse And Community Liaison

    Quechua speaking NGO staff nurse with formal medical training; interpreter local culture, coordinator of community activities, natural medicine

our children after 3-year support

our children after 3-year support


will pay to feed 100 children for 1 month