Our Promise

A Promise to Peru, Inc. provides an annual cataract surgical and medical mission to the remote villages of the Sacred Valley of Peru and other regions in need. Physicians and other health professionals from across the U.S. along with medical, optometry, pharmacology and public health students and undergraduate students volunteer their time towards this effort.
Fundraiser at La Parrilla Restaurant - a big success!

Fundraiser at La Parrilla Restaurant – a big success!

Many thanks to all who attended and participated in our fundraiser dinner at La Parrilla Restaurant. We appreciate your support!
PAMS 2013 Report

PAMS 2013 Report

November 23, 2013 The Board of Directors of A Promise to Peru, Inc. invited Dr and Mrs Victor Rozas to New York for a dinner meeting at the home of George and Debra Coritsidis. The Board wanted to personally meet the past president of the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS)....
A BIG thank you, to all who supported us at our fundraiser yesterday!!

A BIG thank you, to all who supported us at our fundraiser yesterday!!

Thank you for your continued support! Please check back with us this month for more information on events and other fundraisers!              
Journal by Eric Rios-Doria

Journal by Eric Rios-Doria

Having parents of Peruvian descent gave me a special connection to the mission trip. As a child, I would travel frequently to Lima, the capital, where I have many relatives. Here I was exposed to the poverty and poor health conditions of the people, which fostered my interest in global...
Student Account by Emma Furlano

Student Account by Emma Furlano

This was me holding the hand of the man that was hypertensive while undergoing surgery. Supriya and I took turns holding his hand throughout the surgery (Dr. Epstein performed it and it took about an hour) while attempting to calm him down and reassure him. His BP dropped after we...
Julia caring for her patient - 2013 mission moments

Julia caring for her patient – 2013 mission moments

This picture was taken of Julia Colmenares, Certified Nurse Assistant and a patient who was brought to the clinic by her daughter, an ophthalmologist in Peru. This was a heartwarming bond that was captured, showing Julia hugging the patient.
2013 Mission Commences

2013 Mission Commences

We are excited to be starting our good work here in the Sacred Valley of Peru!
Thank you!

Thank you!

A Promise to Peru thanks the following for their support for 2011, 2012 and 2013 Cataract Surgical and Medical Missions:  The past and present participants of the missions…the physicians, nurses, and other health related professional, medical students and the families who devoted their time and energies to join us in...
Meet Our Friends - Good News Medical Volunteers

Meet Our Friends – Good News Medical Volunteers

Good News Medical Volunteers (GNMV) provide medical treatment and health education to underserved populations in Africa and the Caribbeans. Since 2008, over 560 healthcare professionals and students have embarked on medical missions with GNMV; 60,000 lives have been touched by the relief efforts. These missions are coordinated with Christian youth...
Cataract Surgical Mission - Urubamba Peru

Cataract Surgical Mission – Urubamba Peru

This will be the first year that we will have a cataract surgical mission for one week in Urubamba from July 2-6.  This effort has been coordinated by Debra Messina, MD. We are working with the Peruvian Ministry of Health to provide free cataract surgery to those patients who are...
Eye Glass Collection Drive

Eye Glass Collection Drive

We’re collecting gently used eye glasses – over the counter reading glasses, children size distance glasses and non prescription sunglasses (no bifocals or progressives).  The eyeglasses will be brought to Peru this June and July. The glasses will be distributed to children and adults in need of vision correction.  Please...
Learn more about Friends New England!

Learn more about Friends New England!

Friends New England (FNE) promotes education and sustainable development projects world-wide. With a hand-in-hand philosophy, FNE works with impoverished communities to identify pressing needs, network with local and international organizations, facilitate collaboration, and empower individuals to actively participate within their communities.
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A Clearer Vision

A Clearer Vision

This piece has been published in Teen Ink's monthly print magazine. By Vibhuti K., Solon, OH He probably had only four teeth left, all of which were exposed in a grin as wide as the Amazon. His sun-darkened skin was rough from the dry climate, his matted hair was streaked with age,...
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Fundraiser at La Parrilla Restaurant - Thank you!

Fundraiser at La Parrilla Restaurant – Thank you!

Many thanks to all who attended and participated in our fundraiser dinner at La Parrilla Restaurant. We appreciate your support!  

Learn About Our Organization

Founded in 2011, in just four short years, A Promise to Peru has delivered much needed cataract surgery and medical care to almost 7,000 residents of remote Peruvian villages, many of them now with restored vision…some even enjoying normal eyesight for the first time ever.  Whether it is through a site restoring surgery or administering...
Two Upcoming Fundraiser Dinner Events!

Two Upcoming Fundraiser Dinner Events!

Fios Video Report on A Promise to Peru

Fios Video Report on A Promise to Peru

A good read from the FNE Fall Newsletter

Four years ago, FNE traveled to Urubamba, Peru as guests of a medical mission still in the process of defining what its mission would be and how it would be accomplished. As observers, we explored the issues, supported the efforts, and most importantly; we listened. We listened to the medical professionals and students who invited...
Journal by Eric Rios-Doria

Journal by Eric Rios-Doria

Having parents of Peruvian descent gave me a special connection to the mission trip. As a child, I would travel frequently to Lima, the capital, where I have many relatives. Here I was exposed to the poverty and poor health conditions of the people, which fostered my interest in global health. The mission took us...

Eric Rios-Doria’s Peru Mission Video

Cataract Surgical patient expresses his gratitude to Dr Sable and the surgical team, Urubamba Hospital, July 2013

Dr Sable operated on his first eye last year and he had his second one done this past summer.  Take a look! A Promise to Peru – Patient Account – Continued from A Promise to Peru on Vimeo. A Promise to Peru – Patient Acount from A Promise to Peru on Vimeo.
Photo Journal - 2013 Misson

Photo Journal – 2013 Misson

The Minister of Health invited A Promise to Peru to evaluate patients and perform cataract surgery at the Urubamba Hospital Physicians and Stony Brook medical students unpacking the 50 suitcases of equipment and surgical supplies SUNY Optometry Students unpacking their equipment and 2,000 pairs of glasses Dr. Patel diagnoses a cataract that is significantly impairing...
2013 Mission Accomplishments

2013 Mission Accomplishments

  Cataract Surgical and Medical Mission June 30-July 12, 2013 Summary  A Promise to Peru’s first week consisted of the cataract surgical mission and a sub specialty medical clinic. Our organization was invited to operate at the new municipal hospital in Urubamba, by the Peruvian Minister of Health.  Our group transported a full service eye clinic...
Long Island Ophthalmologists Initiate Cataract Surgical Mission to Peru

Long Island Ophthalmologists Initiate Cataract Surgical Mission to Peru

Long Island Ophthalmologists Initiate Cataract Surgical Mission to Peru By Michael Sable, M.D. and Debra Messina, M.D. Peru?  Did I just say I’m going to Peru? I thought I was just going to dinner. I think I had shrimp something but it was last year and I don’t remember if I even ate breakfast this...

The Gift of Giving

The Gift of Giving Published on ascassociation.org Garden City SurgiCenter, Garden City, New York In 2012, the Garden City SurgiCenter sent its medical director, Michael Sable, MD, and surgical technician, Lorena Chinchilla, to Peru to perform eye surgery. The mission, called A Promise to Peru, provides an annual cataract surgical and general medical mission to...