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Staff and volunteers

Macarena Martinez

Macarena Martínez – Programme Manager

Macarena is of Peruvian origin and heart. She is fond of the diversity found in her country’s people and landscape, its rich past and present culture and, of course, its delicious food full of identity. While studying Philosophy at PUCP university in Lima, she took courses on sociology and public policies that helped her deepen her knowledge of Peru’s social and political dimensions and strengthen her commitment to a better future. In January 2020, Macarena joins LAFF’s team to use her work experience in innovation and project management to achieve a vision she strongly believes in: a Peru where children and young adults can enjoy equal opportunities brought out by quality education.

Macarena es peruana de origen y corazón; amante de la diversidad que hay en su gente y sus paisajes, de su rica cultura pasada y presente y por supuesto, de su comida. Mientras estudiaba Filosofía en la PUCP, llevó cursos de sociología y políticas públicas que la ayudaron a profundizar su conocimiento y compromiso con la realidad social peruana. En enero del 2020, Macarena llega a LAFF para aplicar su experiencia en innovación y gestión de proyectos en una misión que resuena en lo más profundo de ella: lograr condiciones de igualdad para niños y jóvenes peruanos a partir del acceso a una educación de calidad con enfoque en desarrollo personal.

Volunteers in Cusco

 

Chris Harris

Chris Harris – Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

In 2018, after completing his Master’s degree in Impact Evaluation for International Development, Chris Harris joined LAFF to be the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. After 2 years working with an international NGO on inclusive education projects in Rwanda, Chris is using his furlough to return to LAFF so that he can share what he’s learnt and stay proactive for the rights of boys and girls during Peru’s lockdown. In his free time, Chris enjoys reading fiction and has dabbled in poetry. He loves art, listens to funk/disco/soul, supports Arsenal (regrettably) but most of all loves to travel and meet interesting people around the World.

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Shivani Sandhu – Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Shivani joined the LAFF team in March as our Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. From New Delhi, India, she has just completed a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has experience working with NGO’s dealing with children and the welfare of domestic workers. She hopes to gain valuable experience in M&E while working with LAFF and improve her Spanish while living in Cusco.

Shivani se unió al equipo de LAFF en marzo como Coordinadora de Monitoreo y Evaluación. Viene de New Delhi, India, y acaba de completar una maestría en Relaciones Internacionales de London School of Economics and Political Science. Tiene experiencia trabajando con ONG’s, tratar con los niños y el bienestar de trabajadores domésticos. Ella espera ganar experiencia valiosa en M&E mientras trabajando con LAFF y mejorar su español mientras vive en Cusco.

Patricia Sanders – Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

Patricia joined the LAFF team in March as our Fundraising and Communications Coordinator. Originally from the United States, she holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and a triple minor in Spanish, Peace Studies, and Political Science. Over the past decade, Patricia has worked with nonprofit organizations in the United States, East Africa, and Central and South America to promote women and children’s rights and equal opportunities. Patricia moved to Peru in 2019 and is thrilled to be working with LAFF to help empower children and young women in the Cusco region.

Patricia se unió a LAFF en marzo como nuestra coordinadora de Recaudación de Fondos y Comunicaciones. Originaria de los Estados Unidos, tiene una maestría en comunicaciones y un Bachiller en Relaciones Internacionales con mención en Español, Estudios de Paz y Ciencias Políticas. En los últimos diez años, Patricia ha trabajado con ONGs en EEUU, África, América Central y América del Sur para promover los derechos de mujeres y niños y la igualdad de oportunidades. Patricia llegó en Perú in 2019 y está encantado de trabajar con LAFF para ayudar a empoderar a niños y mujeres jóvenes en la región de Cusco.

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Sebastian Paz Meza – Communications Coordinator

Sebastian joined LAFF in March as the Communications Coordinator. Originally from London, Sebastian has recently completed his MA in International Politics from Aberystwyth University. He has experience working with children in Summer Camps in the United States, and teaching English in Italy. Sebastian joined LAFF with the hope to make a difference in promoting education as a right for children globally, and to gain an understanding in sustainable NGO management, hoping to one day work for the United Nations.

Sebastián se unió a LAFF en marzo como Coordinador de Comunicaciones. Originario de Londres, Sebastián recientemente completó su maestría en Política Internacional de la Universidad de Aberystwyth. Tiene experiencia trabajando con niños en campamentos de verano en los Estados Unidos y enseñando inglés en Italia. Sebastián se unió a LAFF con la esperanza de hacer una diferencia en la promoción de la educación como un derecho para los niños a nivel mundial, y para obtener una comprensión de la gestión sostenible de las ONG, con la esperanza de algún día trabajar para las Naciones Unidas.

Remote Volunteers

 

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Katherine Hellier – Full-time Remote Volunteer

We are excited to welcome Katherine as our new full time remote volunteer. Katherine is from the UK and studied International Relations with French and Spanish at the University of Exeter. She is due to start at MA in Development Studies at the University of Sussex this September, as she hopes to embark on a career in International Development. Katherine worked as a Foreign Language Resource intern at her university, where she gained experience working within communications. She has also spent time volunteering for an NGO in rural Sri Lanka and teaching English in Mexico, where she studied for one year on exchange. She will primarily be supporting LAFF’s work by focussing on LAFF’s internal programmes, specifically communications, but will also gain experience in Fundraising and M&E. She enjoys the outdoors and adventure sports, but most of all loves to see new places and meeting interesting people!

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Vanessa Carry

Vanessa is a freelance Spanish to English translator and translates official and technical documents, as well as subtitles and audio-visual material. She has worked in various NGOs in Spain and the UK in the marketing and fundraising departments and has volunteered for charities in the UK, Chile and Spain, such as Greenpeace, Survival International, Oxfam, the UNHCR and Childhope. Vanessa is now supporting LAFF with data management and fundraising.

Anika

Anika Kaul

Anika is from London and joined LAFF as a school ambassador in September. She is really interested in film and is currently studying Spanish, which she will continue at university. Her interest in Latin American culture led her to LAFF. She is eager to use her privilege as a student in London to help children in Peru to gain a proper education which will provide them with more opportunities in the future.

Anika viene de Londres y se unió a LAFF como embajadora escolar en septiembre. Está muy interesada en el cine y actualmente estudia español, que continuará en la universidad. Su interés en la cultura latinoamericana la llevó a LAFF. Está emocionada por usar su privilegio como estudiante en Londres para ayudar a los niños en Perú a obtener una educación adecuada que les brindará más oportunidades en el futuro.

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Johans Jacobo

Johans joined LAFF in February as Financial Advisor. Originally from Lima, Peru, he studied engineering with specialization in Management of Financial and Accounting in the University of Milan in Italy and currently candidate for CFA Level 2 . He has experience working in research for IGOs, NGOs and institutes of research in CGIAR, Tech for All and UN in the last 5 years and he also traveled in different locations as a Scuba Diver Instructor by PADI. He has lived and studied in Italy, France and Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and French Beginner. He is currently a candidate for a master in United Kingdom. He believes that an investment in knowledge to the service of the others pays the best interest.

Johans se unió a LAFF en febrero como asesor financiero. Originario de Lima, Perú, estudió ingeniería con especialización en Gestión de Finanzas y Contabilidad en la Universidad de Milán en Italia y actualmente candidato para CFA Nivel 2. Tiene experiencia trabajando en investigación para OIG, ONG e institutos de investigación en CGIAR, Tech for All y ONU en los últimos 5 años y también viajó a diferentes lugares como Instructor de Buceo por PADI. Ha vivido y estudiado en Italia, Francia y España. Habla con fluidez español, inglés, italiano y francés principiante. Actualmente es candidato a un máster en Reino Unido. Él cree que una inversión en conocimiento al servicio de los demás paga el mejor interés.