HEART-LINKS LAZOS DE CORAZÓN is a small NGO based in London, Ontario. For more than 20 years we have worked person to person, through friendship and funding, to support impoverished, vulnerable communities in northern Peru. We use a participatory model to identify needs and financially support community initiatives, particularly in the areas of education, nutrition, microenterprise and health. Heart-Links focuses its efforts on encouraging and empowering women, children and youth. Each year, we organize a Solidarity Trip to Peru to provide Canadian residents with an opportunity to visit and work with our Peruvian friends and better understand their reality. With the support of returned trip participants, we raise awareness in Canada about these issues.

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Vision

Canada-Peru solidarity that builds community, pursues social justice, and contributes to our common welfare.

Misson

To work in solidarity with our partners in northern Peru as they address the root causes of poverty and social injustices in their communities. To raise awareness in Canada about global issues and work at the local, provincial and national levels to help develop good global citizens.

Guiding Principles

Heart-Links Lazos de Corazón follows best practices as embodied in the Istanbul Principles of 2010 and contributes to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our work will:

  • Build solidarity and personal connection with civil society in northern Peru
  • Give priority to the most impoverished and vulnerable people
  • Embody gender equity, inclusion and environmental sustainability
  • Respect and promote human rights, with special attention to the rights of women and girls and Indigenous peoples
  • Promote community engagement that leads to empowerment and self-determination
  • Demonstrate accountability and transparency

Read our 2018 Annual Report.

Financial Statements are available upon request.
Please call 226-884-2845 or email info@heart-links.org.

History

Heart-Links’ roots go back to the 1960s, when the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Diocese of London established community kitchens with women in the arid Valley of Zaña in northern Peru. In 1994, after the congregation made the difficult decision to move the sisters back to Canada, Sister Janet Zadorsky founded Heart-Links to continue to build bridges of friendship and support with these communities.

Each summer Sister Janet led a small group of Canadians to Peru, introducing them to the creativity and perseverance of the people they met in overcoming hardship and improving conditions in their communities. From these trips grew a diverse group of committed Heart-Links volunteers. In 2003, Heart-Links became an independent, secular organization and registered charity.