THE FOUNDER: UrsulaVari
Nobel Peace Prize nominated activist, author, photographer, Animal Communicator and energy healer, Ursula Vari has devoted her life to elevating consciousness through her philanthropic work with street dogs and local communities along the Amazon Region of Peru. Since 2015 she has been a force that inspired people to do good and reevaluate their relationship with animals. She has mobilized local communities to volunteer and help improve the lives of street dogs and cats. She has organized street campaigns, spay and neuter programs along with educational programs for children in impoverished neighborhoods. She resides in Los Angeles with her three rescues, two from Peru and one from South L.A.
CHARLIE: the dog who inspired the mission
Charlie was on his last legs on March 26, 2015. He was a street dog living by the Amazon River in Peru, and as such, invisible to the locals who walked by his battered body in utter indifference. When Vari found the dog, she immediately recognized the burning need to not only rescue Charlie, but to bring help and hope to all the street animals in the region, thus Project Street Dog was born.
Deniz Kadem was born in Germany to Kurdish parents. A multitalented artist, well versed in the world of fashion, fabric and textile design, has travelled the world in search for inspiration. From Switzerland, Spain, Italy to the Indonesian Archipelago she is familiar with many cultures and has a deep passion for elevating consciousness. She has a keen understanding of people and a great ability to bring them together. Her strong ties to Peru gave her the understanding of the challenges indigenous groups face in the high Andes as well as in the lowlands. Her first hand experience with street animals in the region fueled her desire to join the Board of Amazon Alliance/Project Street Dog, where she currently serves as Treasurer.