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A Promise to Peru, Inc.

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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, Upstate, NYCOM, St George's, University of Texas 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: • 8,350 medical exams on patients from remote villages, orphanages and schools • 310 Portable ultrasonography examinations • 5,400 patients examined in the eye clinic • Approximately 460 sight restoring surgical procedures performed • 8,300 pairs of glasses administered

Target demographics: the indigent population

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 1,900 patients were evaluated in the medical and eye clinics, more than 1,600 pairs of prescription glasses and sunglasses were dispensed, over 60 ultrasound exams were performed and 63 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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in a surgical and medical mission with a promise to Peru was both a humbling and a gratifying experience. Experiencing the joy of providing sight to individuals who were disabled by cataracts for years was a truly incredible feeling. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in A Promise To Peru, hundreds of patients are repeatedly given an opportunity to return to work and to function normally in their communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is made up of local medical students and health care providers who volunteer their time to provide health care to those in need in areas of South America such as Peru and Ecuador. Students are actively involved in the organization and implementation of the medical mission and gain valuable knowledge about global health care and barriers to health care. The care given to the patients is often life-changing such as sight-restorative surgery, and witnessing this effect is both inspiring and memorable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a medical student volunteering on my first medical mission, I wasn't sure what to expect. A Promise to Peru blew me away. Even before we left, the mission preparation was so thorough and detailed that the organization was something to marvel at. Once at our site, all of our preparatory work was put to good use. With a team of 50+ dedicated volunteers, we were came very close to accomplishing our lofty goals despite a few hiccups along the way. The leaders did an excellent job of keeping the large group organized and focused, and got the most out of everyone during our long days. Regardless of education or professional level, every team member was essential to the operation and definitely felt their value to the mission. As A Promise to Peru continues to grow over the following years, I hope to return and help them do so.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of joining A Promise to Peru on a medical mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador this year. We traveled as a group with a medical clinic, an optho clinic, and a cataract surgery team. As a nurse that works primarily in an inpatient hospital setting, I had very little experience with cataract surgery. What was amazing to be a part of and to contribute to was the huge, instant life transformation of providing sight to patients. By their first follow up (and in one pediatric case, while still on the OR table right after the operation) patients could really see for the first time. We helped grandparents see their grandchildren for the first time, young women and men excited to be able to work or to be able to cook and take care of their children again. The organization is well run, everyone works as an equal part of a team, and the drive to help as many people as possible was inspiring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of a promise to peru for 4 yrs and I can tell that it is the most rewarding experience... Every year is different and great.. We are a family that work together as a team for a great cause..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We make a difference by the gift of sight via cataract surgery and glasses. Long preparation, hard work, thrilled patients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of joining this incredible organization and mission twice during my medical school career, first in 2012 and again in 2014. It's difficult to put into words the incredible experience I had in Peru, but I can say with confidence that it changed my life. It only took a day at clinic in the mountain village meeting and treating local Peruvians to realize that serving the underserved and understanding the ins and outs of successful, sustainable global health is what I want to do with my life.

Each mission is made possible by the talents it attracts and the efforts of each member, regardless of background. The organization is still evolving to meet the changing needs of the people of Peru and is constantly striving to create positive, sustainable changes. It has changed the trajectory of my medical career and I hope it continues to do so for all who participate in the future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the organization for the last 2 yrs. travelled to Peru and my function was that of pre-operative and post-operative evaluation and optimization. After having been involved in numerous medical missions in the past, this has been one of the most rewarding. It is an extremely good feeling to change someone's life in such a short time. Patients who walk in unable to see and an hour later, had a Surgey that results in a life changing experience. The gratitude of those operated on was also very satisfying. The mission coordinators put their heart and souls into the mission and it shows. I will continue to participate as a physician as long as they will have me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Life changer. For the health care providers and the patients alike. Your donation can help Peruvians who suffer blindness from debilitating cataracts see again and rural mountain villagers receive high quality western medicine in settings that they otherwise would never have access to such care. Changed the trajectory of my medical career. Allowed me the opportunity and experience to see medicine practiced outside the extremely controlled and regulated walls of an American hospital. Learned more in two weeks in these surgery and medical clinics than I did in months of medical school. Received immense gratification from the Peruvian people who were all sincerely grateful to receive the care we offered. Increased my cultural competency and cultural humility to increase my capacity to be empathetic towards future South American patients. Blessed to learn of the rich cultural history of the Peruvian people and privaleged to gain perspective towards western life, South American life, the pros and cons of living in a modernized society, and care for the local people who live on a society where common public health practices (routine dental care, hand washing, teeth brushing. Etc, is virtually nonexistent). The local people may benefit greatly from return missions in the future and this mission is made possible almost entirely by donations from the public and back breaking tireless work of volunteer health care providers. Truly made possible by a collaborative effort of providers, benefactors, local laypeople, local physicians, and people like you. In all, a truly inspiring experience that is the culmination of what our world's people and resources are truly capable of with the support of strangers that comes from a place of deep compassion and willingness to share their time, energy, and resources with those that need it the most. I see this trip as a model for a more global community that will be the near future of our world

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of joining A Promise to Peru on their trip to Peru in 2014. It was an incredible experience. I cannot describe how fulfilling it was to talk to and treat these patients who were so patient, so grateful, and so impoverished.

I saw and learned so many things about optometry, ophthalmology, and common medical conditions. I practiced my history taking and physical exam skills while working one on one with residents and attendings. They were always eager to teach us things and were patient with us.

The patients were so kind - they trekked long distances to see us and waited on line for hours. One even gave us handmade earrings in gratitude. The hardest thing was turning away patients because we just did not have enough time to treat them that day. The health care politics in Peru truly make receiving medical care difficult and it was a joy to bring that to the indigenous population. The hospital that we were working out of was closed aside for obstetric emergencies (I believe) due to the health care workers being on strike. An entire hospital!

So much care, time, and effort is put into making this trip possible. Any donations would greatly improve the quality and the extent of medical care that is provided to these indigenous populations.