CHARITY | Happy Hearts Fund
BIOGRAPHY | Petra is dedicated to improving the lives of children whose worlds were ravaged by tragedy. As founder and chairwoman of Happy Hearts Fund, which provides educational and sustainable programs for youngsters in natural disaster areas, she has helped build 43 schools with five more on the way. A survivor of the 2004 tsunami, Petra also speaks on various topics ranging from making important choices after life-changing experiences to the impact of the environment on education. "We can’t control nature, but we can control the actions we take,” she says. Petra is the recipient of numerous awards for her philanthropic work from organizations such as Women Together and Do Something. She also serves on the advisory board of the Somaly Mam Foundation and Glamour’s Women of the Year Fund.
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