Ana María Mejía Huisa, Director
Ana María Mejía
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 Pachacámac. As Program Coordinator at the Center for Development with Dignity, Ana María directs programming and supervises staff and volunteers at the community center. 

Martha Huamán, Logistics and Maintenance Coordinator
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 key member of the community center team. In addition to being the mother of her five children (Karina, Jean Pierre, Rolando, Maricielo, and Elva), living on the second floor of the community center, Martha ensures that the community space is well maintained and that program participants have the healthy nourishment they need to fully participate in programming. In a community facing the challenges of food insecurity, being able to provide food and drink is a critical service and improves participation and engagement.