Our Story


Alan meeting children on his first trip to South America.

Alan meeting children on his first trip to South America.

The Alma Foundation was created by Alan Harman after a lengthy trip through South America with his family in 2008. He was deeply moved by the poverty and grace he experienced in remote indigenous communities in Southern Peru, and felt compelled to help in some way.

After consulting development experts in Peru and Canada, he decided that investing in children’s education would provide the greatest opportunity to improve the quality of life over the long term in local communities.

He first donated to local charities but, after witnessing their poor results, developed a set of guiding principles that he felt would have a sustainable impact and founded the Alma Children’s Education Foundation in 2010 based on those principles.

Since then the charity has grown significantly and has been profiled in the Globe and Mail, and Reader’s Digest.

Alma was also awarded the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce “Award of Special Recognition” in 2013.

To learn a bit more about us, watch our video below.