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Anatta was founded by Dr. Cornelia Santschi as an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization in September 2006. Anatta consists of a small group of health care professionals, educators, and creative thinkers dedicated to establishing and supporting medical and educational programs for children with deserving and under-supported organizations worldwide, operating in impoverished circumstances.
Anatta is a small organization with a clear goal and dedicated purpose. Our projects are conducted by request and through the support of direct local contacts. Feasibility studies and careful planning are at the foundation of every endeavor. We will offer support only after careful investigation of potential sites, analysis by our business team, and establishment of a trustworthy local network to ensure timely and appropriate delivery of supplies and services. We intend to further each little community we serve toward self directed future growth, sustainability, and culturally guided optimization of lifestyle and opportunity. All project sites receive routine follow up to document progress and evaluate ongoing need.
All persons affiliated with Anatta offer their services and expertise on a completely voluntary basis. Funding for projects is obtained solely through donations.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead
Cornelia Santschi, Founder/President
In her down time, this multi-lingual 'citizen of the world' enjoys eco- and adventure travel and learning about new cultures. Cornelia is highly spiritual, a long-time student of Buddhist philosophy, meditation and yoga. She is also co-founder of Newark Community Meditation Center where she serves as meditation instructor. These disciplines have also contributed to the devotion she shows her friends, colleagues, and patients.
In addition to her demanding career, Conni is extremely dedicated to worldwide humanitarian efforts. For many years prior to founding Anatta, she volunteered her services on many levels to the Triple Gem Society, a small but highly productive non-profit organization. When the Tsunami so devastated parts of Asia in 2004, this little organization went into full action, making dramatic progress in Sri Lanka where larger organizations could not. Conni virtually single-handedly took on the responsibility of organizing the large scale of donations to Triple Gem here in the States, to ensure that relief efforts could be orchestrated rapidly on location. She managed to convince her medical center to donate $10,000.00 to Triple Gem to assist in building new homes for tsunami victims. She has located, purchased, and donated medical equipment to Triple Gem, benefitting hospitals in places like Kenya, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. She is also involved in environmental conservation and social justice activities. Her passion and determination founded and built Anatta, and now continue to fuel its' efforts.
Click below for information on some of Cornelia's early international humanitarian projects that inspired her to form Anatta:
Anatta has many wonderful volunteers and board members, including:
Donna Dupuy, Board Member
From the moment Donna met Cornelia in 2013, helping bring hers and Anatta’s ideas and dreams to reality as been a passion. It even spurred her to start a support group called Women Supporting Women with the purpose of bringing together other amazing women who were all working toward a similar goal – How to help women and children around the world live better lives through education, health care and job training.
Donna’s first trip to Nepal with Cornelia in 2014 fed her love of volunteering both in NYC and abroad in Mozambique and created a connection to the young girls at the Peace Grove Nunnery that was only strengthened with her second trip in 2016. Having traveled extensively around the world and witnessed so much need, being a part of an organization that is truly changing the lives of those they encounter keeps her inspired every single day!
Susan Reichman, Board Member
Susan is a retail pharmacist in the Barnabas Health System in New Jersey who has worked in many facets of her field including hospital, long-term care, and consulting.
Edward Ntim Addae, Accountant
Edward routinely combines his excellent audit skills with solid analytical ability to evaluate and resolve complex business and financial problems. He also brings his experience as an ordained pastor (Christ Pentecostal Church - New York) to bear in his effective communication style and willingness to engage wholeheartedly with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. A consummate team player, Edward has generously volunteered his skills and energy to Anatta both in terms of business and financial management, as well as outreach and project development. He intends to organize an Anatta visit to his native Ghana in the near future.
Andrea Iorizzo, Logo/Identity Design
Currently residing and working on the West Coast in Mission Viejo, California, Andrea earned her BFA at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Gaining her initial experience at a design studio specializing in packaging, she subsequently worked for a number of design firms in NYC with a varied clientele ranging from the toy industry to consumer packaging, from food to pharmaceutical to household products. Andrea continues to freelance for clients on both the East and West Coast including her favorite not for profit educational and health care outreach organization.
You can learn more about Andrea and view some of her art here.
Julie Burstein, Web Design
ulie has produced and hosted radio programs and live events for NPR, Carnegie Hall, The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, PRI, and WNYC, among others. She helps organizations create websites and podcasts, and loved working with Conni and her team to create Anatta's new website. Julie can't wait to travel with Anatta and help on an upcoming trip.
You can learn more about Julie and her work here.