Impact of the Ukrainian war in Peru

“I hardly have any money to pay my bus ticket to the city of Cusco. Now it costs too much to bring food to my house.” Vidal Quispe, a resident of Marampaqui.

On the 24th February, 2022, Russian troops invaded the territory of Ukraine, starting an armed conflict that has lasted more than several months. In addition to the human and material losses, the war is also causing strong effects on the economy, mainly affecting the reduction of growth expectations and an increase in inflation all over the world.


Vidal Quispe surprised with the new prices.

Vidal lives in Marampaqui, a town three hours from the city of Cusco. Here, life is calm, however the global situation has affected his already very precarious economy. The rise in prices came as a surprise to them, like a bucket of cold water. Every time he wants to travel to Cusco by bus, he has to make an effort to pay for his bus ticket. When he arrives at the Cusco market, he is even more surprised by the higher prices of basic necessities, such as chicken, sugar, oil, bread, meat, rice, noodles, etc... On his way back to Marampaqui, he realizes that his bags with the purchased products weigh very little. He nods his head and says: "this situation will make my family have to eat less than before; we will have to endure hunger".

How does war affect the economy of a country?

The effects of war are being felt in three dimensions:

  1. Higher inflation stemming from rising food and energy prices;
  2. Problems in international trade and supply chains;
  3. Greater uncertainty in the markets

“Russia and Ukraine are major producers of raw materials, and the disruptions have caused global prices to spike, especially for oil and natural gas. Food costs have skyrocketed; wheat, of which Ukraine and Russia export 30% of the world, has reached historical prices”, indicated the international organization International Monetary Fund (IMF).

It is warned that if this situation continues, GDP growth worldwide would fall 1 percentage point, while global inflation would increase 2.5 points.

In Turkey, there was year-on-year inflation of 54.4% in February. In Spain, inflation was close to 10% year-on-year, its highest value since 1985. And in the United States it reached 7.9% in the year, the highest figure in 40 years. In many countries around the world, inflation levels are at their highest rates in more than 30 years. International organizations announce a slowdown in growth and an increase in prices driven mainly by the rise in food and energy.

In Peru, the changes and the crisis in the global economy have had a negative effect on the increase in the prices of oil, wheat and cereals. As a consequence, we have the increase in local prices in transport and food.


The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis

The world economic situation before the war between Russia and Ukraine was already complex. After the paralysis of the economy in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the sanitary restriction measures were reduced for the year 2022 and a slowdown in growth was expected. “The global economy is simultaneously facing COVID-19, inflation and policy uncertainty; public spending and monetary policies are entering uncharted territory,” said David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group, last January.

This international situation also affects the economy of the region and Peru. An IMF report maintains that in Latin America "high commodity prices are likely to significantly accelerate inflation."

In addition to the price problem, the world has delayed investment decisions in emerging countries like Peru. As for agricultural products, any increase in international prices also affects the local market.


Peru in check

The massive strikes, due to the increase in fuel costs, unfortunately left at least six dead as a consequence. The anger of the people was compounded by the discontent of farm workers, who have been hit by rising fertilizer prices, which in turn caused food prices to skyrocket. Also, exports are now affected by interruptions in chain supply.

A group of Peruvian truckers called a general strike, demanding cheaper gasoline at all costs. Drivers used their trucks to block roads, including major highways. In some regions, schools have closed and reverted to e-learning due to the COVID pandemic, fearing it would be dangerous for children to travel (if they were able to) during the unrest.

The Peruvian protests highlight the effect that the war, and the resulting price rises, are having on Latin America. The conflict could still go in any direction and there is a risk that it could worsen due to strategic failures on either side. Faced with a possible new cold war, it would be difficult for Latin America not to align itself with one side or the other, knowing that any decision will have costs and consequences.

All of this has exposed the country's economic vulnerability and triggered a wave of street manifestations, strikes and roadblocks.

When the economy was slowly recovering…

The Peruvian government has attributed the rise in fuel prices to the war in Ukraine. Peru imports most of its oil and the impact has been severe, unlike Latin American countries like Venezuela or Argentina, which have oil. To make matters worse, high fuel costs hit just as Peru's economy was beginning to recover from a pandemic that devastated the country. Peru has the highest recorded per capita COVID mortality rate in the world.

July 2022

The Sustainable Development Goals

A sustainable future for all, with day-to-day global challenges, such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a series of measures to end poverty, protect the planet and guarantee the global well-being of people. One of the greatest achievements in sustainability has been the approval of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations and with it these objectives as a master plan for the future of our planet. They show an integral, interconnected, indivisible look and a renewed international collaboration. Together, they build a vision of the future that we all want.


The Emergence of a Great Idea

Just a few decades ago, the world was a very different place where economic growth prevailed over everything else. So much so that people and nature were relegated to the background. Development and progress became the destruction of life.

Industrialization, pollution and the burning of fossil fuels were the engine of economic activity. The consequences were not long in manifesting themselves on the planet: greater emission of greenhouse gases, progressive increase in temperatures, melting of the poles, etc. We were transforming the world and not precisely to improve it.

Luckily, in the 1980s, science brings to the table the necessary evidence and data to open the eyes of humanity. The current concept of sustainability appears for the first time in the Brundtland Report of 1987 and alerts for the first time of the terrible environmental consequences of economic development and globalization. But it not only underlines the problems, but also offers solutions to industrialization or population growth.

The publication of the Brundtland report was only the first step. Humanity realized that it faced many challenges to ensure that all people have the same opportunities for development and well-being. In the year of 2000, the United Nations adopted eight goals to meet the main needs of the poorest, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs have been fundamental, for example, in getting 51 million more children into school, drastically reducing deaths from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and have also been part of a historically dramatic drop in child mortality. Poverty, measured by living on less than $1.25 a day, was cut in half.


From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals

While the MDGs were aimed at the poorest countries, the new SDGs are designed to be universal. This is a monumental shift in thinking about sustainable development, in which rich nations support the development of poorer nations, to avoid destabilizing important parts of the Earth's life support system. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and perspective of people everywhere.

World leaders met in New York to agree that the SDGs are successors to the MDGs. The idea came from the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, the largest summit in UN history. Colombia and Guatemala proposed goals to follow up on the MDGs, established in 2000.

It was shown that setting goals works in a complex world, organizations and countries can align their agendas and prioritize funding to meet these goals.


An Universal Agreement

The new goals are the result of a three-year process involving 83 national surveys and more than 7 million people, making it the largest consultation in UN history.

The nations eventually agreed on a list of 17 goals. This agenda is an action plan for people, the planet and prosperity. From governance experts to climate researchers to the academic community are very supportive of the goals.

Not everyone agrees. The Lancet described the targets as "fairy tales, dressed in the bureaucracy of intergovernmental narcissism, adorned in the robes of multilateral paralysis, and poisoned by the acid of nation-state failure." This may be true, but it ignores the fact that the goals have been heavily negotiated, having broad legitimacy among all parties.


Why are the SDGs Important?

The breadth and depth of the proposed SDGs is unprecedented. The new agenda aims to leave no one behind and promote the social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups. At the same time, it sets the environmental limits and critical natural thresholds for the use of natural resources.

The final document Transforming our World: The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development States in its preamble: “This agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”, and affirms “the interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realized”.


Which Country is most Likely to Complete the Goals First?

According to a recent study by Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation, the countries best positioned to achieve the new UN goals are the four Scandinavian nations: Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, with Switzerland in fifth place. The lowest ranked nations are the US, Greece, Chile, Hungary, Turkey and Mexico.


A Commitment that must be Regularly Reminded

A key challenge is how to engage the public in support of a complex agenda. The concern now is how to get people interested in the SDGs. If no one notices them, they won't attract the attention they need to build momentum. This is a very real problem because they have been largely ignored by the media to date.

As with all intergovernmental agreements, success will be due to political support and governments implementing it. Here, a key role for stakeholders will be to continually remind governments of their commitments. These governments will change in the next ten years in many countries and successive governments must be educated and reminded of these commitments.


Con Corazón Lined with the SDGs

We've seen how, with passion and dedication, the world's serious problems can be tackled head-on, and we've seen that most people in the world really, passionately want that to happen.

When the morning news fills you with fear and nervousness, when people are working against each other, when we see things falling apart, it is so crucial that we all work together. We believe that long days and nights were needed to reach an agreement and promote the fulfillment of these objectives. Although it is much more comfortable for everyone to be at home in pajamas.

Governments have made a serious decision to make the new goals not just a sequel, but to turn them into a more mature set of goals, trying to address the complex nature of poverty. This is an extremely profound and admirable undertaking. But it also presents a very big communication challenge. It is important to communicate them and make them clear, digestible, emotionally resonant and famous.

We encourage the UN Member States, so deeply involved in the process and the politicians in the country, to take very seriously the challenge of communicating the new goals and making them famous throughout the world.

We believe that the MDGs were not famous enough. Hardly any of our friends and certainly family, had heard of them. The MDGs would have been more effective and powerful if more people outside of government and NGOs circles in more countries had known that they were something to support and fight for.

The new goals could be one of the most powerful and effective documents the UN has ever produced. In that expectation, many others and Con Corazón are lined with the plans to bring a concise version of the goals to all the people around us and in contact with our project, for example, through presentations, on television, newspapers, the Internet, radio, schools. If the targets are well known, if they're famous, if they're popular, they could be a wake-up call to all who fight against poverty and injustice. They could create a generation of well-informed politicians and citizens who have a shared direction and fight together to achieve it.

The goals must ultimately be owned by the citizens of all countries. The goals do not belong only to governments. There should be a version of them that could be placed on the wall of every classroom and etched into the heart of every activist for the years to come. Every government and leader must have a realistic list of things that they are committed to achieving. They must see that if they don't, their citizens will know and hold them accountable. It's not just about communication, it's about implementation.

Con Corazón, has a clear mission, which is caring for the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. Our goal is to improve planetary health, with a better balance of human needs and the preservation of the earth, to maintain the health and well-being of future generations. We are working in projects following our vision through concrete activities as we want all people have access to health services and education. We give sustainable solutions to vulnerable people - especially in the Peruvian Andes - to increase their quality of life. We achieve this from women’s empowerment to microcredits and community projects. "It means that our activities are part of something bigger, and we are making our valuable contribution to achieving the UN's goals that have been set," says Con Corazón founder Danièle Turkier.


A Plan to Follow

The SDGs are a blueprint, a roadmap, a to-do list for the planet, a planetary declaration of rights. The goals for which all those heroes we most admire in all countries have fought. We hope that in the near future everyone will be able to lead a decent life without destroying the potential of the planet and to provide for future generations. We encourage everyone involved to commit to making sure their work really works. When leaders sign the document, it is not only 193 countries that commit, it is more than 7 billion people who commit. Today's complex challenges, ranging from stopping the spread of disease to preventing conflict between nations, cannot be dealt with efficiently if each country tackles it on its own. We need integrated solutions that tackle in depth the problems of people's daily realities. It is necessary to remember that when we work to guarantee the sustainability of the planet, we are talking about preserving and protecting life on the only home we know. Achieving compliance with the SDG agenda before 2030 is the only possible path to survival.

 May 2022

Moving of the Dental Clinic in Cusco

When they put our patience and flexibility to the test. The experience of moving a whole dental clinic is challenging in many ways. The uncertainty of knowing if we are going to continue to have enough patients or start from scratch is a feeling that beats before, during and after the move. An experience that we have already lived in the past and prepared us for these types of circumstances. A story of lessons learned full of frustrations and satisfactions. Getting used to a new home takes time and in the end, we are sure that we will appreciate the effort. 


Brief History

More than two years ago, in order to start with the Dental Clinic, we decided to find a suitable place to carry out our activities. We had the opportunity to meet with the Swiss Consul Maja Datwyler and we presented our social project to her. She graciously accepted our proposal and we made the rental agreement. The cost of the rent was USD 250.- which was a very affordable price for us. For more than two years, we occupied the second and third floors of the Swiss Consulate building in the city of Cusco. Also, there is a church called Ekklesia on the first level. Consul Maja Datwyler is also a leader of the aforementioned Church.

As soon as we started, our patients began to multiply immediately, thanks to the high quality of service we provide. The way to recruit patients was solely through the social network Facebook. Most of the patients came because they heard good comments about us. One of the most frequent comments is "they respect the agreed time for the appointment" or also "The staff is very kind to us." People spread the word and dental chairs kept full.

Due to the close relationship we have with the Ekklesia Church, we made an agreement to be able to provide oral health to the social programs administered by this institution. We were able to see many poor children in a situation of neglect. We naturally expected to find a very deteriorated oral health condition. There is a direct relationship between poverty and general health condition. We managed to carry out two free monthly campaigns for two years with the participation of volunteer dentists whom we recruited whenever we needed them.

We are very grateful for the opportunity they gave us to serve the population of Cusco, especially the most vulnerable. The lease expire on December 31st, 2021. Finding a new location for the Dental Clinic was a new challenge. After doing a search throughout the city and discarding many places, we finally decided to rent a two-story house in Urb. Cerveceros del Cusco. That is where we are now.

Moving Process

On December 17th, 2021 we started the move. All the staff were ready to help. One of the most challenging parts of the move was hauling and loading everything into a large truck. You have to be careful not to break anything. All the members of the Con Corazón team were collaborating with the transfer of things, we also hired people who could do the heaviest work. A very delicate issue was the dismantling of the dental units, which had to be done by people who were experts in the field.

The most difficult part came after moving things to the new location. We talked about the installation of all the dental furniture and equipment in the new place. There were different professionals who had to work together. Team of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters, surveillance cameras and internet service connection, all were due to finish the job in about a week. Unfortunately, it was not like that and they took longer than we had planned.

The workers hired to carry out these installations did not comply with the plan or the agreed work schedule. If the plumber do not finish his part, the carpenter could not start; and when the plumber finished on an unscheduled day, the carpenter was busy elsewhere in the city, where someone else had also hired his services. It was a frustrating time, where our patience and flexibility were put to the test. This delay greatly impaired us with the initiation of patient care. Every day that passed, we lost money, while delaying the appointment of many waiting patients.

The placement of our sign marks the end of the entire moving and installation process. Thanks to the talent of Danièle Turkier, who designed the sign, we were able to start over with our oral health activities. Finally, at the beginning of the year 2022, we finished with almost everything. Meanwhile we are working with the licensing processes of the municipality and the Ministry of Health.

Two employees are cleaning the new location Building with our new Dental Clinic from outside Treament of first patients in the new dental clinic

A new Home

Now we pay USD 650.- for rent. The new rental contract only allows us to stay one year in our new premises. Unfortunately, the political uncertainty in our country and in some other parts of the world, bring economic consequences, affecting the increase in income tax in an uncertain way. This makes the owner of the house do not want to take risks. Let's hope that by the end of the year we will be able to renew a new contract and that the rental price does not increase.

We are so excited to start the year with a nice new view from the window. The expectations for us are very high and the sky is the limit. The place is bigger and more spacious and we need some furniture like a desk and a set of sofas for the comfort of the staff. We also need a microwave oven to be able to heat the lunch we bring from home. We want our new home to be welcoming to all the workers and patients who come to our center.

Our dental assistant Indira says: "I am impressed that our appointment schedule is almost full. Happily, our front desk phone is still ringing, despite the pause we had during the move-in period. It is true, that before the move, we felt nervous thinking that we were going to have fewer patients. However, we are happy that the result was the opposite of what we initially thought." Indira also guides patients to find our new address, through text messages, sending the location via Google Maps and also giving references to well-known and popular places in the area so that they can find the new Dental Clinic Con Corazón. Our patients are already arriving.


January 2022


A Story of Economic Revival

“I feel like this is a second chance for me and this time I will do better.”

Quarantine and physical distancing measures, necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, generate job losses and reduce the economic income of individuals and households. The loss of income affects above all the population that is in a situation of poverty and vulnerability. In our region, labor markets are often precarious with a high proportion of informal jobs which has become endemic.

Rising Inequality

The sudden and intense spread of Covid-19 in the Latin American region has dramatically exposed and amplified the presence of inequalities and inequities. The pandemic breaks into a complex economic, social and political scenario of low growth, increased poverty and growing social tensions. In Peru, the structural inequalities that characterize our Latin American societies and the high levels of informality and lack of social protection are exposed. Due to this, the great structural gaps in the region have become evident and exacerbated and currently, we are experiencing a moment of great uncertainty in which neither the form nor the speed of exit from the crisis have yet been outlined.

A big Impact to the Vulnerable Community

Mario Huillca, is a man born in Marampaqui who is in charge of a large family. He has suffered the effects of the coronavirus, not only economically but also physically. During this time, the family could only eat what they had stored at home. It was impossible to have monetary incomes because there was no way to sell the products at the local fair. The children could not go to school for two years and did not receive online classes either, due to lack of devices and internet access. Almost a year ago, when he contracted the coronavirus, his relatives were very scared, fearing that death was coming to take him. He had very serious symptoms to the point of not being able to breathe and coming to believe that this was the last episode of his life. After two weeks of suffering and treatment through the Peruvian Ministry of Health, he finally recovered and later, when the vaccine arrived in his town, he was able to access it and thus avoid further contagion.

Life gives many lessons, especially in moments where it is in danger. Mario learned that effort, desire, a good attitude and optimism are the perfect combination to get ahead. He says “I feel like this is a second chance for me and this time I will do better”.

A matter of Choice

According to Dr. Tedros, director of the World Health Organization (WHO), "ending the pandemic is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice and the choice is in our hands." Therefore, the WHO calls for a global effort to vaccinate 70% of the population in all countries by mid 2022. Reaching this goal will help end the acute phase of the pandemic and allow countries to reopen.

End of Covid-19 Pandemic

Tomas Pueyo, an engineer who predicted the behavior of the pandemic, in his article ‘Coronavirus: Game over, it’s time to start living again’, believes that the world and the times we are entering are no longer a continuation of the last two years. We should think about the coming months in the same way that we should think about the coming decades. However, this will be counterintuitive. We have behaved differently in the last two years. New habits have appeared and these are difficult to break.

According to McKinsey & Company, the vaccination and its respective reinforcement, proved to be important in the protection against Omicron. People believe that the risks of contracting COVID-19 are not important enough to change their behavior. This could be due to vaccination status or the desire to overcome the pandemic. Some governments, such as Peru, maintain or strengthen public health policies, including vaccination mandates.

Over the months, governments have imposed smart measures to stem the impact of the virus without hurting the economy. Some want to continue with these measures, although the end of the pandemic is in sight. Now citizens distrust the government because in the past it has not generated trust in the proper management of their rights. The economic reactivation for the most vulnerable is imminent, even if the government maintains those measures.

Social Inclusion

At Con Corazón we practice inclusion without exception, working with sustainable strategies and tools that lead to the reactivation of the Marampaqui beneficiaries. This through our community projects that favor economic reactivation. If we take care of the environment that surrounds them, we will have a better quality of health and therefore greater ability to focus on economic activities that directly benefit their homes and the community in general.

As the pandemic has had a greater negative effect on the most vulnerable populations, there are calls not only to build back better, but also to build back more justly. Doing so requires strong and continued political leadership across governments to correct entrenched and structural social inequality.

Giving Perspectives to the Community

In Peru, due to informality, losing your job means looking for another source of economic income, such as selling sweets on the corners and/or even stealing, which has become endemic, just to bring a little bread and feed the family. Just as in many other places in the world, millions of Peruvians who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, without social support, as well as millions of others whose well-being is threatened by the uncertainty and political conflict that exists, deserve to regain the peace of mind to look to the future with hope.

One of the programs managed by Con Corazón is microcredits. This consists of facilitating a money loan to the people of Marampaqui to buy guinea pigs and/or trout. This must be paid without interest, after a reasonable period of time. In other words, once the breeders start selling the guinea pigs and trout in the local market, they will be able to return the money.

Mario gets up very early in the morning to do multiple activities. He and his family graze the alpacas they have, taking them to places with fresh pastures. The children also collect mushrooms that grow under the only pine forest in front of the village. The women cut the green grass to take to the guinea pigs' shed and feed them. The still small trout live in water wells, built by the family, and they are fed with products that they acquire in the local market. When the weekend arrives, the entire family prepares the products that are ready to be sold at the fair in Tinke, a town near the inter-oceanic highway that connects Cusco with the Peruvian jungle and reaches Brazil.

Saturdays, local farmers from all over the area, sell directly its production in the market of Tinke. Consumers find a very diversified offer and quality, at much more affordable prices than those offered by other distributors, as well as a new relationship with the producers, more direct, which allows them to better understand the quality and origin of the products purchased.

March 2022

Mutual enrichment leads to fusion

A great story of how two people find each other to help others and to push each other forward. Dr. dent. Saulo Gamarra and Danièle Turkier decide not only to work together, but to merge their heart projects, their two NGOs into one. How this new organization has become reality, what’s the motivation behind, how they developed their vision, which name they decided on and how the two founders and how they took the opportunity for a complete makeover.

Danièle Turkier works on the new website  Dr. Saulo Gamarra in front of the medical center in Peru

How the fusion started

Danièle had a desire to see her charity "Con Corazón" in Peru evolve. For this reason, she asked Saulo in the summer of 2020 if he would like to take over the local management. The two got in touch through the Swiss foundation "Secours Dentaire International" and had been in regular exchange with each other for quite a while. Saulo spontaneously agreed to take over the management of "Con Corazón" in addition to his own NGO "Dentist Serving the Poor - Latin America". After working together for a few months, Saulo and Danièle realized that they both harmonized very well, sharing the same values, complementing and enriching each other. Danièle appreciate a lot that Saulo works very efficient, professional and conscientious.

Consequently, one led to the other and the two decided that they would like to merge their two organizations. For “Dentist Serving the Poor - Latin America”, it was an excellent opportunity to expand geographically and to be able to work regularly in remote areas. For "Con Corazón" it was a unique opportunity to professionalize the whole organization in Peru. In addition, a joint growth offers further possibilities to gain more weight as an NGO and to strengthen the cooperation with universities. Furthermore, it was an advantage that we could use numerous synergies, present ourselves more professionally to the outside world, merge our network, and the costs on the ground were cheaper overall with one organization. All of these thoughts led to the clear realization that a merger of our organizations was imperative. "Saulo and I really found each other. That we took this step to work together and merge our organizations a real stroke of luck and a win-win situation for both of us," Danièle says with conviction.

So Saulo proceed with the transfer of the organization, changes in the statutes and the official change of name to "Ayudando Con Corazón".  These complex adjustments in Peru take a long time, not only due to the pandemic, but also require patience from all sides – which isn’t the strengh of both. ;-) But after about half a year the merger was finally completed in the middle of 2021. This year showed that the step toward the fusion was worthwhile. Saulo's in-depth professional knowledge of how to run a dental clinic and a medical center professionally, his conceptual strengths, and his understanding of Peruvian and Swiss culture are very valuable for the cooperation. On the other hand, Danièle, an all-rounder, can contribute strongly with her visionary ideas, her leadership and marketing experience. Saulo says about his motivation to lead such an NGO as director: "I do this with great commitment to my fellow citizens, to relieve suffering and to give them access to health care. Thanks to the merger, we have a much broader base. As a result, we can now expand the area of operation and additionally implement sustainable measures to give vunerable people prospects for a better life. This is clearly a matter of the heart for me."

New Common Corporate Identity

Once the future path with a joint organization in Peru was decided between Danièle and Saulo, it was obvious that we wanted to evolve on a visual and communication level. It was immediately clear that the appropriate name "Con Corazón" should absolutely continue to exist. Because both of them were enthusiastic about it!

The new vision "Health and perspectives for everyone" is based on the original visions of both organizations. Therefore, it was clear on our part that people should have access to health services and education and that we should give vulnerable people in the Peruvian Andes a sustainable perspective to improve their quality of life.

The first step was the creation of a new logo, which integrated the elements of the two original logos. This was the heart of "Con Corazón" and the hand of the logo "DSP-LA". The graphic designer Delia Sollberger, was immediately inspired to create a new logo for us, which included both attributes. At the same time, Danièle started to implement the new trilingual website. On the one hand, this meant that Danièle spent all her free time on the computer over the past few months to get the website up and running. Whether it's layouting, preparing images and text material, or translating the content. She was technically supported by Irene Brantschen to make sure that everything runs smoothly in the background. We would also like to thank Deborah Oken and Beatrice Heimann for their valuable input and proofreading. Saulo and Danièle are now looking forward to building on this professional foundation.


In line with this new beginning, the dental clinic is moving out of the quarters of the Swiss Consulate and into new surroundings. At this point we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Swiss Consul Dr. Maja Dätwyler for the trust and the valuable exchange of her experiences.

As Saulo and Danièle complement each other wonderfully, both are looking forward to finally realizing the full potential of the organization and being able to make more of an impact. Both are very excited to see what the future holds and if they will be able to implement all their ideas.

December 2021

P.S. Saulo and Danièle not only share a big heart and commitment to helping others, but also enjoy spending their free time in nature on the mountain bike.

Danièle Turkier and Saulo Gamarra in their leisure time on the mountain bike in the Peruvian Andes.

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"Over the years, the Rotary Club of Aarau has been able to generate various projects together with Con Corazón. One of the highlights was certainly the construction of the Medical Center at over 4,000 meters above sea level. The cooperation is always very sustainable, efficient and professional."

Martin Bachmann

Martin Bachmann

Rotary Club Aarau

"What I remember most about my involvement was working with the people in the remote Andean region, where the organization provides valuable support. The unique insight into the culture and way of life of those people is definitely one of the most beautiful and memorable of my stay."

Livia Hollenstein

Livia Hollenstein


"The Andes are my birthplace and I feel deeply connected to this region. To have the opportunity to support the people there in a direct way and without detours is something great. Knowing that donations are going to the right place, to the right people, is what I thank and trust Con Corazón for."

Anna Alberti

Anna Alberti

Donor & Visitor

"I support Con Corazón because Danièle's involvement has convinced me, from the beginning, that the help arrives directly, without any detours. What is also fascinating to me is the constant further development and the focus on the long-term perspective. The highlight was the visit in 2019."

Cordula Sonderegger

Cordula Sonderegger

Donor & Visitor

"I have been following Con Corazón for years, so a visit to Peru was logical and very precious for me. It was extremely impressive to enter into this unknown world and to capture it photographically. As a professional photographer, I still enjoy the impressive images from the Andean region."

Hana Solenthaler

Hana Solenthaler

Donor & Visitor

"In August 2019 finally I had the opportunity to go to the Andes in South America. There I had finished one month of volunteering at the dental clinic in Cusco, Peru. I really enjoyed helping poor people through making dental cleanings for the patients. What an incredible team to work with!"

Mette Højborg

Mette Højborg


"Wow, what an impressive landscape at over 4,000 m.a.s.l., what a beautiful place in the Andes, what unbelievable warm-hearted people! Immediately there was another wow, there is a lot to do for me in the next four months! Marampaqui became a second home for me".

Moritz Mitterer

Moritz Mitterer


"'The only thing that can eliminate poverty is to share with each other. ' Mother Teresa's quote points out how important Con Corazón's mission is to fight poverty in the long term and to give people a perspective. I am very grateful that I was able to visit the organization in Peru."

Anna Alberti

Anna Alberti

Donor & Visitor

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