About Us

Mission and Vision
Project Peru is a development charity focused on empowering Peruvian children through health care and education programs. Project Peru’s vision is focused on reducing the barriers to opportunity by improving access to healthcare and education for children. Freedom from illiteracy and illness restores to children the opportunities to which they are entitled and increases the likelihood that they may achieve their own goals.

What We Do
Project Peru empowers children by helping them address the challenges of often trying socio-economic environments. Past projects have engaged communities to participate in education and healthcare improvements, community resource development, and awareness programs. A focus on community participation enhances the opportunity to build self-determination and project sustainability.

The following lists the key projects our organization has put in place since 1999:

  • Asentamiento Humano Portales de Puruchuco Community Park and Playground
  • Computer Assistance Program for the Santo Domingo Savio School in Santa Anita
  • Asentamiento Humano Tupac Amaru School Rebuilding Project
  • Doctor's Day in the city of Ate Vitarte
  • Construction of Medical Clinic in Puruchuco
  • Medical supplies and pharmaceutical donation program
  • Scholarship Program


Who We Are
Project Peru Board Members

  • Stephen Drake, Co-founder and President
    Stephen Drake co-founded Project Peru in 1999 with his wife Cecilia, a Peruvian native. The two founded the organization on a dream and a promise – the dream that needy Peruvian children, their families and their communities would have an opportunity to improve their lives and the promise of a dedicated organization to work with them through a number of different projects to realize this dream. Since its inception, Mr. Drake has directed Project Peru through multiple, successful improvement projects, community outreach programs and a scholarship program resulting in tangible improvements to the lives of children in Peru while building a critical awareness campaign within the U.S.

    Mr. Drake has been active in building charitable organizations for more than 15 years with a focus on empowerment of children through the development of community-based projects. Mr. Drake is an experienced fundraiser and has created several charitable organizations from the ground up. In 2000, in memory of his father, Mr. Drake co-founded the Dennis M. Drake Memorial Foundation, a successful charity centered on improving children’s lives in Southern New Hampshire. Mr. Drake is also a Program Manager with IDC in Framingham, MA. He resides in Natick, MA with his wife Cecilia and three children.

    Mr. Drake holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communication from the University of New Hampshire and a master of arts degree in Political Communications and Public Relations from Emerson College in Boston.
  • Paul Bugala, Director, Policy and Implementation Paul Bugala is a research consultant in the policy department of Oxfam America. He is a member of Oxfam America’s extractive industries team, which investigates the relationship between mining and oil exploitation and development. Mr. Bugala’s research has included analysis of Perú’s relationship with the mining industry, especially in the department of Cajamarca. Mr. Bugala has also held several volunteer leadership positions during his more than ten years as a member of Amnesty International USA. Mr. Bugala holds a bachelors of science of journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Project Peru Advisory Board Members

  • Cecilia Rosario Drake – co-founder and Executive Board Member
  • Paula E. Drake, OCN, ARNP – Healthcare Advisory Team

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