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When is a smile more than just a smile?

When is a smile more than just a smile?

You’ve seen it a million times … The boy holds out the little box, the girl looks inside — and then there’s that dazzling smile! It’s love! It’s yet another Valentine’s Day commercial!
But that fabulous smile … those perfect teeth … are a fantasy for so many. Their teeth

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Water is Life!

Water is Life!

Written by: Esperança Board Member, Julie Kurtz, MS, RD, CDE
In Esperança’s Quarterly Newsletter, I read about Maria… a mother who has hope because her family no longer has to worry about drinking and cooking with dirty water. Maria is responsible for all the water her family needs for cooking, cleaning,

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October 15, 2016 – Today We Honor Rural Women

October 15, 2016 – Today We Honor Rural Women

Did you know rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population?
In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 percent of the agricultural labor force, and produce, process and prepare much of the

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A Mother’s Strength Helps Her Daughter Stand

A Mother’s Strength Helps Her Daughter Stand

Cinthya is a beautiful 13-year-old girl from the community of Ccochua, Apurimac, Peru. Despite the fact that she cannot walk or talk, she is a happy child whose family loves her dearly.
Cinthya’s hometown of Ccochua sits at approximately 10,600 feet in the Andes mountains. Ccochua is rich in fertile

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Uprooted

Uprooted

Hand in hand with you, Doña Rosa and her son Juan have started down a path from relief to self-reliance.
Juan is the sixth child of his widowed mother Doña Rosa. Doña Rosa is one of the 576 beneficiaries receiving assistance from Esperança’s Sustainable Food Security Program because of your

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Homegrown

Homegrown

In the United States, Health care providers face a challenge— how do you help the sickest and neediest patients get healthier? Esperança’s work in the Phoenix Latino community models a promising approach to address this issue. 
 
Esperança’s work in Phoenix provides Promotores (Community Health Workers) opportunities to exchange information,

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¡Agua es vida!

¡Agua es vida!

Water is life — the phrase echoes through the four communities where Anna Ortiz and Brenda Trejo are conducting water analyses. As interns sponsored by HealthWorks Collaborative, Anna and Brenda are working with Esperança’s nonprofit partner AVODEC to add strength to Esperança’s water and sanitation efforts in Nicaragua.
 
Brenda

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Finding Folate

Finding Folate

It is easy to imagine a mother doing anything she could: traveling any distance, facing any threat and paying any price, in order to keep her children safe. What is hard to imagine is a mother working tirelessly only to find that she and her children are still not receiving

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Cauliflower Ceviche

Cauliflower Ceviche

Serves 8
Ingredients:
• 1 piece of fresh cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 4 tomatoes, finely chopped
• 2 cucumbers, finely chopped
• 1 onion (white or purple) medium, finely chopped
• 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
• 2 peppers (jalapeno or serrano),

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