FACES Foundation is based in Portland, Oregon and works internationally in Northern Peru.
In the past, FACES worked in various locations in Central and South America, but now the team works exclusively in Peru.
Why just in Peru?
Rather than focusing on going on surgical trips all around the world, the FACES’ aim is to create an easily replicable model for locally sustainable surgery and speech therapy for indigent cleft lip and palate patients.
We are dedicated to follow-up care after the cleft lip and palate surgery is complete, which is why we continue to go back and treat patients in Northern Peru.
We also understand the importance of long-term relationships with families, patients, and local partners to create trust. Our presence in Peru comes by invitation and is sustained through friendship and cultural respect.
Because we are focusing on a telemedical model, we continue to return to Peru to build this into the best system there can be for treating hard-to-reach patients. In our 19 years of operation, we’ve made vibrant connections with local partners in Peru, which has allowed us to develop our program to the fullest. Our connection to the Lambayeque Lions Club has been instrumental in helping us find cleft lip and palate patients in remote Peruvian villages. Our partnership with Belen Hospital and the Regional Hospital in Lambayeque is another reason we keep going back to Peru!
Thanks to our partnership with Café Femenino, a women’s coffee collective, we area able to work in remote villages further north in the Amazonas Region. We also partner with the Colegio Médico del Perú, Resiste Lambayeque and El Cantaro Rest. Turístico to ensure connections are strong between surgical visits.
FACES also has a part-time Country Coordinator in Chiclayo. Read more about FACES Leadership and Staff HERE.