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.
Cataract Mission
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...
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.
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...
Published in The ASCA Journal

Published in The ASCA Journal

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June Mission Prep

June Mission Prep

Getting prepared for our mission this June! The eye supplies from Alcon have arrived from Texas. The Students are hard a work preparing and organizing.  Folsom City Host Lions Club and Lions District 4-C5 packed up their donation! Thank you. Photo via ciro morales 
Want to Join Our 2013 Mission?

Want to Join Our 2013 Mission?

Thank you for your interest in Stony Brook’s medical mission to the Sacred Valley  region in Peru. (download pdf) This is a project that is constantly evolving, improving, and also struggling as we face challenges in helping improve the lives of people who live in medically underserved areas in the Sacred Valley and the Andes...
Summary of A Promise To Peru Medical and Cataract Surgical Missions 2012

Summary of A Promise To Peru Medical and Cataract Surgical Missions 2012

A Promise to Peru was founded by John Shanley, MD, Debra Messina, MD (StonyBrook School of Medicine ‘88) and Natalie DiGioia, MD (StonyBrook School of Medicine ‘01) in October 2011.  The organization works with local New York physicians and Stony Brook University’s medical students who are interested in providing medical care to remote areas of...

A Note from Our Friends Fundacion Niños Del Arco Iris

To the Promise to Peru Team, To give back Light in eyes and life is a beautiful precious gift  that you gave in Perú to so many. The vision of our Foundation is creating a better future for all the deprived children youngsters and their families. When a beautiful team like yours, highly professional and...
Summary of A Promise To Peru Medical and Cataract Surgical Missions 2012

Summary of A Promise To Peru Medical and Cataract Surgical Missions 2012

A Promise to Peru was founded by John Shanley, MD, Debra Messina, MD (StonyBrook School of Medicine ‘88) and Natalie DiGioia, MD (StonyBrook School of Medicine ‘01) in October 2011.  The organization works with local New York physicians and Stony Brook University’s medical students who are interested in providing medical care to remote areas of...
Photo Journal #3 - We're in Peru!

Photo Journal #3 – We’re in Peru!

Clinic photos from outside of Pisac Peru Post Op Evan Sable with the kids Dr Leeman assessing a patient 1 day after his cataract surgery Waiting in the train station while heading to Machu Picchu Machu picchu from above      

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 truly indigent and have advanced...