| Ana María Mejía Huisa, Program Coordinator|
Ana María joined the Building Dignity team in 2012, bringing with her several years of experience coordinating social justice initiatives and development projects in poor neighborhoods throughout Lima. In particular, she is interested in literacy, education and health.A native of Villa El Salvador, Ana María has founded and led a number of young groups and cultural initiatives in the district. Her work with children and young people focuses on early stimulation, leadership and self-esteem. Previously, Ana María worked for the National Institute of Family Wellbeing and the Saint Martha Home in the district of Pachacamac. As Program Coordinator at the Center for Development with Dignity, Ana María coordinates our community education activities and organizes community outreach efforts.
| Eve Woldemikael, Program Director|
Eve Woldemikael grew up in Irvine, California and graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a BA in Africana Studies. Eve is passionate about learning languages and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French and also studied Arabic. While at Brown, Eve became particularly interested in the subjects of race and identity, black feminism, migration, postcolonialism, and community development. She is committed to social justice and seeks to dismantle oppressive systems of all forms. Eve serves as Building Dignity's Princeton in Latin America Fellow and is excited to learn about activism and community development in Villa El Salvador.
| Jesús Valencia, Community Liaison|
A native of Piura in the north of Peru, Jesús left behind the poor agricultural village of Tablazo Norte in 1990 to seek a brighter future in Lima. Beginning in 2008, Jesús served as founding director of the Center for Development with Dignity. A widely respected community leader, Jesús's other leadership posts have included Secretary General of La Encantada, President of the Human Rights Committee of Villa El Salvador, and President of the Multisectoral Commission, which completed a water and sewer infrastructure project for 55,000 poor settlers. Jesús spends his mornings working as the director of television and radio programming at Radio Stereo Villa, and spends his afternoons and evenings working as a community organizer. In 2007, he hosted visits by Peruvian president Alán Garcia and Bolivian president Evo Morales.
| Martha Huamán, Director of Logistics |
Born in the highlands of Cusco, Peru, Martha migrated to the capital city of Lima in the 1990s where she and her husband Jesús Valencia helped found the neighborhood of La Encantada in 1996. Since then, she has helped La Encantada become a thriving community and has been a principle organizer of our annual Chocolatada project since 2001. In 2008, Martha and Jesús donated the use of their land to the Center for Development with Dignity and they now live on the second floor of the building, with their children Karina, Jean Pierre, and Rolando, and their nephew Plinio.
| Henrik Mitsch, Web Designer|
Having lived in Latin America, Henrik is Building Dignity's Master of All Things Electronic. He works as a product manager at a mobility services company based out of Munich, Germany. Before that he was a management and technology consultant in the telecommunications and software industry. Henrik holds a master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Vienna and an Advanced Certificate for Executives from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
| Luis Omar Cervantes Ríos, Transportation |
A native of Camaná, Arequipa, Omar participated in the 1996 founding of the neighborhood of La Encantada. From 2005-09, he served as La Encantada Grupo 2 Sub-Secretary General and worked to build and improve local community spaces and water and drainage systems. His dream is to see La Encantada with fully paved streets and a beautiful green parks and recreation spaces. Omar works as a taxi driver in Lima and is in charge of transportation for Building Dignity staff and volunteers.