Co-founders Petit and Franz moved to Peru in the 1990s
They have spent the last decades working to alleviate extreme poverty in Peru’s rural
communities by providing love, care and education through the Sol y Luna Foundation.
You might look at the rural houses in the Sacred Valley and think life there must be simple, even idyllic. However, the harsh reality is that all too often extreme poverty breeds violence, alcoholism and abuse. With no sense of hope, the light goes out in childrens’ eyes… At Sol y Luna, we create positive change by giving two things that all children deserve: love and education.
— Petit Miribel
1998Petit moved to the Sacred Valley with her husband Franz, they founded the Sol y Luna Foundation
2000Hotel Sol y Luna opened with 14 casitas. The reason for creating the hotel was to raise funds via reservations for the Sol y Luna Foundation
2009Having spent the past decade supporting local public schools, the foundation finally opened its own school. The Sol y Luna School began by offering education for kindergarten, and the first few years of primary school
2010Hotel Sol y Luna expanded, opening Deluxe and Premium casitas, whilst the Sol y Luna School began started offering full primary education
20152015: The foundation grew to include Paqari, the centre for disabled children
2016Hotel Sol y Luna added a new heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym
2017The first Sol y Luna students graduated from the school
2018The Sol y Luna Home opened its doors, providing a safe and loving home for students who have suffered violence or neglect
- Petit and Franz’s eldest child, Thomas, graduated from the Sol y Luna School at the age of 17
- The foundation launched Roots & Wings, a programme to support graduates from the Sol y Luna School in their further studies (including International Baccalaureate and University degrees)
2020Petit and Franz’s youngest child, Melanie, graduated from the Sol y Luna School at the age of 17
2022Four Sol y Luna students are continue their studies thanks to support from the Roots & Wings programme: Nery, Kusi and Carolina are studying at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, and Mateo is studying car mechanics at SENATI in Cusco
Board of Trustees
Dedicated to the belief that every child deserves an education
and to grow up in a safe and loving environment.
The Sol y Luna Foundation is an officially registered charity bringing about positive change by
providing education, care and support for Peruvian children from backgrounds of extreme poverty.
Sol y Luna Foundation Board Members
Petit is the founder of the Sol y Luna Foundation and Hotel. She lives on property and has been in the Sacred Valley since the 1990s working to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty.
Daniel has been involved in the hotel and foundation since the outset. He is motivated by achieving an equilibrium between tourism and the local community, and sees the hotel as the motor behind the foundation.
Juany was born in Urubamba and has worked at Sol y Luna since 2012. She started as an assistant in the accounts department, and is now the Head Accountant and Treasurer of the Sol y Luna Foundation. She is passionate about her work and plays a key role in the foundation.
A BBC journalist by background, Gabriel lived in South America for many years. Her main focus is communication and fundraising for the Sol y Luna Foundation. She spends as much time as possible in Peru, and loves bringing her two boys to share time with the children of the Sol y Luna Foundation.
Sarah is the CEO of Mason Rose Private Travel and is based between London and New York. Sarah and her partner Tobey, are the proud sponsors of a little boy named Francisco, who resides full-time at the Sol y Luna Home and studies at the Sol y Luna School.
Kelly was born in Cusco. She is a social communicator by profession, and an agent of change by vocation. She discovered her passion for working to support children through education and inclusion. Now, she is able to develop professionally and personally thanks to the motivation of improving the life of each child at the Sol y Luna Foundation.
Federico Von Sanden
Federico Von Sanden runs a small independent travel operator based out of the UK, Germany and Argentina. He grew up in Buenos Aires and now lives in Hampshire, England, although is usually found exploring the globe. Federico has two children of his own, and is the sponsor of Mariela who lives at the Sol y Luna Home.
Federico Von Sanden
Carla Suero has dedicated her life to the improvement of healthcare systems and quality of life for the elderly. She is a mother of two and travels the world with her family because it develops a deep sense of empathy and acceptance. She has a soft spot in her heart for Peru and Incan culture as her children are half Peruvian.
Christopher Wilmot- Sitwell is one of the owners of cazenove+loyd. The company has been sending happy clients to Sol y Luna since the lodge opened. His son spent 3 months volunteering at the Sol y Luna Foundation in 2022.
Founder of Peruvian ethical luxury fashion brand Escvdo, Chiara is a designer, artist, social advocate and working mother. Her work is driven by a desire to safeguard ancient weaving techniques, give value to the expertise of local artisans, and promote a positive social impact with local communities. Chiara has always admired the work of the Sol y Luna Foundation and is proud and honoured to be part of it.
Terry Suero has visited over 100 countries worldwide. He comes from an Engineering and Business background, and his two passions are travel and psychology. He is a firm believer in leveraging travel and its impact on the psyche to positively transform individuals, families, and groups.
Sol y Luna Foundation Ambassadors
Jenny is a content strategist and copywriter with 18 years of experience designing travel adventures in Latin America and beyond. Over the years, she has seen first-hand how the right kind of travel can make a positive and lasting impact on a destination. Jenny is a passionate advocate of the trailblazing example the Sol y Luna Foundation has set for others to follow.
Alexis Torazza Gazzone
Alexis is the photographer and filmmaker. His creativity, dedication to storytelling and gentle manner bring warmth to any situation, even the most challenging.
Alexis Torazza Gazzone
Margrith was delighted to find motivated teachers and happy students when she visited the Sol y Luna School. The experience inspired her here to start a sponsoring a child: to give a child access to a good education that will hopefully lead to a bright future and many opportunities. She is very happy to be playing a positive part in a child’s life.
Jean-Bruno has lived in France, Spain, the USA, Italy and now Brazil. He believes that identity, authenticity and meaningful encounters with people from other cultures are key. For him, the Sol y Luna Foundation is the perfect example of how luxury tourism can (and should!) directly help the lives of locals.
Upon his first visit, Lucas felt tangible feelings of pure happiness within each student - every one of whom has the opportunity to dream big and accomplish things that would otherwise be impossible.
Thomas is an alpinist, paragliding pilot, unicyclist and Ambassador for The North Face Peru. He was born in Peru and was among the first students at the Sol y Luna School. He is passionate about the work of the Sol y Luna Foundation, and often uses his challenges to raise money for the foundation.
Melanie was born in Cusco and began studying at the Sol y Luna School aged 5. She graduated in 2020 and is passionate about trail running, muay thai and creative writing. For her, the Sol y Luna Foundation transmits the fundamental values of life: love, respect, solidarity, perseverance and inner peace.
Gaspard is from Chamonix, France. He discovered the Sol y Luna Foundation through a mountaineering expedition in the Peruvian Andes as he wanted to bring a social component to a sporting challenge. He loves spending time with the children at the Sol y Luna Home.
Sofia has always been interested in philanthropy from a local and global perspective. She has a keen interest in providing safe home environments for people, old and young. Her advocacy is exemplified by her working in an assisted facility and visiting and doing a campaign for the Sol y Luna home - both during the Covid pandemic. pandemic time. She has also participated in Global Citizens twice.
Sol y Luna has inspired Cora since she first visited aged nine. Since then, she has been fortunate to return as a volunteer and tutor. She is most eager to serve as an ambassador. She most admires how the foundation is based on love, creativity and quality education, enabling lifelong opportunities for students.
Before starting college Valentina volunteered at Sol y Luna. She assisted in Paqari, helped in english classes, and spent time at the Home. She can only hope the kids learned half as much from her as she did from them. Her experience made her more appreciative; it taught her how acts of selflessness, however small, can have a true impact.