In 2001, Frank Peterson traveled to Guatemala to visit his son, Todd, a Peace Corps Volunteer. During his visit, he saw the overwhelming need for surgical intervention for people in rural areas and the unfortunate lack of resources to get them.
Seeing the significant needs of people in the farthest regions, he returned to the United States, determined to help. He left his employment and founded Partner for Surgery (PFS) with his wife, Linda, and has dedicated the rest of his life to ensuring the surgical needs of thousands of Guatemalans are met.
With the unconditional support of Linda, Frank founded our implementing Partner, Compañero para Cirugia (ACPC), in 2008, which is currently led by Guatemalans who continue to work in the country to fulfill the mission that began in 2001. The staff is present year-round in Guatemala, building trust locally by strategically building relationships with local governments and community leaders so that teams of medical and non-medical volunteers from the United States and Canada can go to the most challenging and remote places where quality health care is scarce and ineffective.
Vision: For all rural Guatemalans to have access to life-changing care.
Mission: To build partnerships that enable the ability to provide surgical care and other medical and prevention services to rural Guatemala.
We aim to:
- Improve Health
- Empower Communities
- Overcome Barriers