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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: A Promise to Peru, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non profit organization has established an annual mission that transports a portable full service eye and medical clinic and a portable operating room. State of the art equipment is transported and used to diagnose and treat cataracts as well as other eye diseases. Basic medical and eye care are provided to people of all ages in these remote areas. Physicians and other health professionals from across the NY metropolitan area and around the United States donate their time and talents towards this effort. They also mentor medical students from Stony Brook, Robert Wood Johnson and Columbia University, State University of New York optometry students, pharmacology, public health students and undergraduate students from various universities. These students assist the physicians and nurses in their treatment of the hundreds of patients seen daily.

Results: Since the non-profit’s inception, the medial team has accomplished: • 7,400 medical exams on patients in remote villages, orphanages and schools • 200 Portable ultrasonography examinations • 2,500 patients examined in the eye clinic • Approximately 350 sight restoring surgical procedures performed • 4,700 pairs of glasses administered

Target demographics: the indigent population

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,650 patients were evaluated in the medical and eye clinics, more than 1,000 pairs of prescription glasses and sunglasses were dispensed, over 50 ultrasound exams were performed and 85 eye surgeries were performed. Many patients with very poor vision were once again able to see their world and be part of a community once again. An increase of 68% more surgeries were performed this year compared to last year’s mission.

Geographic areas served: remote regions of the Sacred Valley, Peru, Guayaquil, Ecuador and other regions in need

Programs: an annual cataract surgical and medical mission, all health care is provided free of charge

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Luigi Canepa and I volunteered as an interpreter in 2016 Peru and 2015 Ecuador missions. The experience with Promise to Peru has been incredible, mesmerizing and unimaginable. Incredible in that the amount of coordination, planning and labor that go in to the missions with a successful outcome; both missions were completed with the intention and with excellence. The mesmerizing areas that we attend not only allowed me to experience the people but the environment and the country itself; every mission has been an adventure. The unimaginable is found in the impact that we are making on the communities and the difference in the quality of life, happiness and health we bring to the people. It has been a true joy and educational experience to participate with Promise to Peru and I look forward to continuing with my participation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This was my first mission and what a great experience it was! A Promise to Peru is a well run organization that afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many in a remote area of Peru. It was a truly rewarding experience. I worked with wonderful people from many parts of the US who came together to provide medical and ophthalmic care to an underserved population. It was a week that changed my life!
Louise

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a veteran of previous medical trips in developing nations I was particularly impressed by this experience. This is wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who planned and executed a very successful mission. I plan to return for a third trip!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering and giving back to the community both in the U.S and outside with a number of organizations for over 20 years. I recently did so with this organization and I am truly happy I did so. The leadership and organizational activities were excellent. Providing high quality care and being genuinely caring for the people of Peru , working long hours but seeing how appreciative the patients were and helpful each participant were ,was encouraging. This organization provided a number of resources to ensure that patients were well cared for. I will recommend this organization to anyone who wants to willingly give back and help to make this our world a better place. Even though many of us did not speak Spanish fluently, Interpreters were put into place. In addition none of us knew Quechua - Language , but yet again Promise to Peru facilitated interpreters so we could have communicated with the patients. Bravo Promise to Peru!! I will be willing to serve with you again and continue to recommend this organization to others.

J. Gulstone Family Nurse Practitioner Brooklyn .N.Y

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second trip with A Promise for Peru. I have nothing but the best to say about them. I thank the organization very much for the opportunity to contribute.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved my time as a volunteer for a Promise to Peru. The team did a great job a bringing everyone together, building amazing chemistry between all members, and supported us throughout the entire mission. (Before with meetings and get togethers, during with team leaders, transportation, logging, and food, and after with a reunion planed)

Thanks A Promise to Peru!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A part of the medical team stayed at our hotel Las Casitas del Arco Iris, part of the foundation of Niños del Arco Iris. Students of our school helped the mission by assisting to the logistic part with the patients and above all as translators Spanish-English and Spanish-Quechua (the language of the local people. I personally visited the project in Calca and was very impressed by the great number of patients who were present. Incredible. I was also very impressed by the great spirit and dedication of the medical team. A ot lof respect for them and we will welcome them with wide open arms anytime they will be in Peru again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I will like to tell you about my experience with "A Promise to Peru," a nonprofit organization. When I met the members of the organization I felt like we were family working together for a goal to give vision back to people in need, in very poor areas where they don't have any medical assistance near them.
I work as a surgical technologist at Island Eye Surgicenter, located in Carle Place, Long Island NY; I work assisting in cataract surgeries every day for seventeen years, and I thought this was the time for me to give back what I learned throughout my time.
I love what I do every day and I love to help people, especially when I see the results when they can see again makes me feel very happy that I did something for someone who needed it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible experience that really opened my eyes to what the field of medicine can bring to the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who's gone on multiple other missions in the past, I wasn't sure what to expect in comparison. Promise to Peru was well run and well organized, and I was amazed with how well the participants worked together from pre-planning and packing onward. Highly recommended mission trip whether on the medicine or eye care side.