Peruvian American Medical Society Tarapoto

The Peruvian American Medical Society helping kids along the Rio Momón near Iquitos, Peru in April 2017. Photo by PAMS.

A few days ago I received an email from Daphne Benzaquen, the Auxiliary President of the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS). With Daphne’s permission, I’m opening up her question to all of you. Here it is:

“As a nonprofit our goal is to help Peru, whether it be with medical education and donations or community improvements. Every year we choose a different city in Peru to focus on and this year [2018] it is Tarapoto. It has been very difficult to find information on local charities and/or schools and hospitals to help in the region. I am hoping that you could connect me with any local schools or churches that are in need of assistance. This year our goal is centered around providing education and educational supplies to children in the region. If you could give me the names and/or contact information of any resources it would be very helpful.”

The Peruvian American Medical Society ( was founded in 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia, by a group of Peruvian physicians. Since then, PAMS members have conducted more than 100 medical and educational missions to areas throughout Peru, with several million dollars of donated equipment, supplies and medications.

So the question now is: How and who can PAMS help in Tarapoto? Do you know of any specific schools in need of help? Or orphanages? Or anything else?

If you have any ideas, leave them in the comments section below where Daphne can see them. Or email Daphne directly at Or both. Thanks!