Heather Alicia Knox
Heather is the co-founder and Executive Director of Project Somos. She founded Compassion Fruit Society in 2002 after spending time travelling and volunteering in India with her teenage daughter, Meg. Heather has committed the rest of her life to providing better opportunities to vulnerable children and their mamas.
Heather has worked as a doula, childbirth educator, infant massage instructor, homeschooling consultant, special events organizer, homeopath, entrepreneur and as the community development coordinator for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. She is a lifelong learner who can always be found studying something.
Heather lives on-site at Project Somos in a unique dome-home with her husband Greg and their five brown dogs. She loves reading, cooking with kids, writing and photography. In Guatemala, Heather uses her middle name, Alicia, which is SO much easier for Spanish speakers to say than “Heather”.
Greg is the Project Manager on the ground in Guatemala as well as being the co-founder and a director of Compassion Fruit Society. He arrived in February 2011 to break ground and oversee the construction with the local team. It is a plus that he is bilingual and has previous knowledge of construction.
His lifelong interest in creating harmonious, efficient, and beautiful spaces for living led Greg to run successful renovation businesses in Canada, specializing first in heritage homes and later in high-end bathrooms and kitchens. With his care for the environment and an ability to discover creative solutions to structural and design problems, he has been the driving force behind Project Somos’ unique and solid eco-sustainable construction.
Greg particularly enjoys building furniture and is looking forward to learning the art of making furniture from the locally grown bamboo. With the help of volunteers, he has transformed their empty house and centre of operations into a charming home and productive office.