Our People and Contact Information
Carmen grew up with an incredibly creative family on Purple Hill (read more here). She first went to Nicaragua in 2007 and has dedicated considerable time and energy into maintaining the relationships she has built there over the years. She divides her time between her career as a school-based Speech Language Pathologist, a passionate advocate for nature and a concerned global citizen. Most importantly she loves to connect friends and opportunities - which is exactly the premise of the Purple Hill Humanitarians. Carmen can be contacted personally: email@example.com
Brian is one of the original Purple Hill humanitarians, developing our projects and relationships since 2009. He started travelling in rural Nicaragua in 2009 and it didn’t take long before his good nature and interest in a better future opened up friendships and opportunities galore. Brian divides his time as a father, a fierce advocate for sustainability and a good-hearted citizen of the world. Brian can be contacted personally: Brian@purplehill.org
Ana Cristina Lopez Lara
Ana is from the village of El Rosario and is the mother of two adorable little boys. She has been studying nursing since 2013 and using every practicum opportunity available to get as close to El Rosario as possible. Ana helps administer and manage the finances around the student sponsorships in El Rosario. She completes her nursing degree in May of 2015 and will be doing her final volunteer placement in Potosí, living in El Rosario with her family.
Carmelo is from Northern Central Nicaragua in the coffee-growing regions of the Segovia mountains. He has seen his small community develop considerably over recent decades and feels a strong pull to support other families and communities in their own evolution. He has some great ideas for future conservation projects with combined efforts from the communities of Sontule and El Rosario - stay tuned! Carmelo can be contacted personally: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna has been a constant and supportive presence with the work of the Purple HIll Humanitarians since its conception. She spent a month volunteering there in 2010, during the El Rosario primary school project. She has since taken on a few projects independently, including supporting of a young man from El Rosario who requires ongoing medical attention for a kidney condition. Anna can be reached personally: email@example.com
Douglas 'Dugla' Charlton
Seen here giving a pair of work boots to Hipólito, Doug Charlton’s commitment to helping others can not be understated. A very active mountain-climbing, people-loving, question-asking carpenter from the Rocky Mountains- Doug now spends several months of every year in Latin America now (mostly Nicaragua) volunteering on community development projects. He joined our work in El Rosario in 2010 and made a great splash in the community with his fantastic attitude and sense of humour. He has continued to support the people of El Rosario by supporting students in their studies!
Mercedes Pérez Vélez
Mercedes is a teacher and the director for three small rural schools on the outskirts of León, Nicaragua. She is a true warrior for education, with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy and gumption, she will not rest until her students and staff have the best possible conditions in their school. Mercedes has been an important connection in Nicaragua, often arranging many of the logistics of donations and supporting English-teaching volunteers. Her work is invaluable and she’s one of the strongest advocates for education we’ve ever met.
Nelson Antonio Gámez
Nelson (seen here holding a hummingbird in his hand) is from the community of Sontule, Miraflor in the central northern highlands of Nicaragua. He has the spirit of a true community leader and loves to work with young people, particularly in the area of conservation and environmental awareness. More than anything, though, he is a lifelong passion for birds and his enthusiasm is quite infectious!
Marlon Eli Velasquez Dávila
Marlon is from the city of Estelí in the northern central region of Nicaragua, also known as the ‘mural capital of Nicaragua’ where murals abound. It is no surprise then, that Marlon became interested in mural-painting from a young age and now works with youth at risk in a sort-of hybridized art therapy / public art projects. Marlon has been connected with the Purple Hill Humanitarians right from the start and has supported our work in many ways. The most memorable of which was the mural he painted on the school in Sontule in 2010.