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AZ Lifestyles: Esperanca Highlight

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World Toilet Day – 11/19/14

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 8.46.29 AM4,438: That’s how many children cholera and typhoid kill every day in places like Nicaragua.

To Americans like you and me, these are illnesses out of our history books, dangers faced by our forefathers and the pioneers of the old west. But in places like Santa Amalia, the threat is still very real.You see, cholera and typhoid are spread through poor sanitation and in villages like this one uncontained waste isstill a huge issue. Where there are no restroom facilities, waste is easily tracked into homes; it contaminates local ground water and even taints food stores when spread by vermin and other pests.That’s why last year Esperança committed to a two phase construction project aimed at eliminating both of these threats to Santa Amalia.With the loving support of friends like you, phase one has just been completed. We were able to provide half of this village with the materials and technical guidance needed to construct latrines – outdoor toilets essential to the safety of their children.

These are people who, for generations, have lived with a horrifying reality. They’ve had to come to terms with the fact that each new day might be the one that takes their children away from them. As a parent, it’s hard to imagine the constant fear they’ve had to live with – or the immense relief they now enjoy thanks to your partnership!
Today 140 families in Santa Amalia are now protected from these lethal threats! IMG_2683

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Run For The Pour Race Results 2014

A special thank you to all of those that supported the Run for the Pour this year!

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Esperanca and Arizona State University on Channel 3

 

This November, nearly 80 students both at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa and the Tempe campus  will abstain from modern-day luxuries and challenge themselves to live on two dollars a day and in cardboard-box houses.  The Two Dollar Challenge will take place Nov. 17 -20th  at the Polytechnic Campus and Nov.12 -14th  at the main campus.

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Two Dollar Challenge 2014

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This November, nearly 80 students both at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa and the Tempe campus  will abstain from modern-day luxuries and challenge themselves to live on two dollars a day and in cardboard-box houses.  The Two Dollar Challenge will take place Nov. 17 -20th  at the Polytechnic Campus and Nov.12 -14th  at the main campus.

The Two Dollar Challenge, a national experiential learning exercise and poverty action program, is designed to give students an opportunity to step out of their daily lives and more tangibly reflect upon the daily and prolonged challenges of living in poverty while raising awareness and funds to support economic development organizations.

This Challenge is distinct from your average charity drive for three reasons. First, it asks students to restrict their consumption and live by other rules designed to simulate poverty. This experience gives students a glimpse of how nearly half of the world’s population lives every day on $2 a day. Second, the Two Dollar Challenge participants will raise funds for the cause of their choice. Third, through the experience and accompanying discussion students are educated about the complexity of world poverty. Student groups can become immediate actors in the eradication of global poverty and gain the experience to become passionate leaders in the field for the future.

The Two Dollar Challenge will take place Nov. 17-20th at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, located at 7001 E Williams Field Rd, in Mesa and Nov. 12-14th  on the Tempe campus on the lawn of the Barrett Honors College, located 751 E Lemon Mall in Tempe. Students will convene outside the Student Union and plan to live in cardboard boxes for five days.

“We’re really excited to have the Tempe campus on board, and help with the growth of this movement” said Mark Henderson, engineering professor and co-founder of GlobalResolve at ASU’s in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering on the Polytechnic campus. “We are expecting a great turn from the students at both campuses.”

Esperança is a nonprofit that improves health and provides hope for families in the poorest communities of the world through sustainable disease prevention, education and treatment.

“We’re gaining momentum each year with the Two Dollar Challenge,” said Tom Egan, executive director, Esperança. “It’s really neat to see the students embrace the challenge.  They are learning a great deal about poverty and how to survive on little to nothing.  It’s very admirable that they are attempting to walk in someone else’s shoes.”

 

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Home for the Holidays

When you go home for the holidays it is easy to say “Turn up the heat.”

You don’t think much of that when winter comes to your to your community and you want to be comfortable in your home. In, fact it is the norm that everyone has heat is in their house.

But let me take you for a moment to someplace altogether different from the norm, rural Peru. I am speaking of regions that are on the outskirts of Cusco, where you can get as high as 14,000 feet above sea level in the mountains. In this place where people call home the air is thin and the nights are frigid and for generations people have made due.

For the thousands we serve in the area there are no thermostat’s in their home, which means no heat. Their walls are made of found materials and sticks that do little to keep the wind out. These conditions expose them and their children to hypothermia and an existence of illness.

In fact, more than 80% of the people here suffer from respiratory illnesses- it’s the biggest killer in this region. The most vulnerable of all are the children.

But, there is hope because of you. With your help today, we will provide materials and guidance to help families build new, safe, warm homes.

Better yet, these homes will be heated with a free source of power — the sun itself. By the attaching green houses to homes we can harness the warmth of the sun to grow nutritious vegetables during the day. And at night the heat retaining walls will keep the warmth and save lives. Most importantly, with a solar panel hot water is now a possibility for our families.

Most amazing of all: a wonderful home like this costs only $2,500 to build! By our American Standards, it is an incredible bargain: $700 for the solar panel, $700 for adobe and, $300 for windows and doors, $500 for the green house and $300 for the general supplies. Of course this also includes the hard work of the family that is transforming their lives with this new home to learn our techniques and build their home by hand with us.

I’m grateful to report that we already have enough funds to build 10 homes in Peru this year. But the need is bigger than just these ten homes. We set our sights on building 20 new homes. Homes with heat, light, warm water, access to vegetables and hope for our families.

Our Friends Justo and Natalie can tell you what a beautiful miracle it is. They urgently needed a better home for their two young children that were constantly becoming ill due to the exposure to the cold. We answered those issues with the materials and the blueprints needed to transform their home. Justo and Natalie answered with the volunteers to build with them and the determination to change their lives.

They lugged mud and made adobe bricks for the thicker heat retaining walls.  The women compacted the dirt with their feet, and this created a bigger sense of community. Natalie even said, “When we finished our home, we actually missed coming together to work!” Justo learned more about roofing and has turned this into a trade that is supporting his family.

And now their children are not only warm but are growing tomatoes, lettuce, chili peppers, cucumbers and strawberries.

These children will live, thrive and succeed. I am so grateful that friends like you gave generously so we could help them.

But they are not the last family in Peru who need a home. There are others huddled with their children in dark of night with body warmth the only way to fight the cold. Our families on those nights are wishing things were different.

With all my heart, I want to grant that wish

This thanksgiving, I hope you will have the joy of sitting down at your families table knowing that you have given a family in Peru a home for their holidays where they can have warmth. They’ll have hope for the future because of your passion and your decision to donate today.

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Esperança Adds Six New Board Members

Valley Leadership’s has launched a new initiative called LeaderLink, aimed at building the capacity of the nonprofit sector by connecting trained, engaged volunteer leaders with agencies seeking board members.  This month, we will add six new board members, four coming from LeaderLink.

Esperança new board members are: Robert Craig, Pharm D., Senteryx Systems; Richard Filley, Arizona State University; Mistie Hauge, Fennemore Craig, PC.; Freddy Saaverdra, Law Offices of Stephanie Lake; Kenady Sorenson, The Sedona Conference; Jorge Alberto Saurez, Creative Living Fellowship.  (Everyone but Robert Craig and Mistie Hague were connections from LeaderLink).

LeaderLink was created because our alumni and program participants are passionate to serve and because the nonprofit sector turns to Valley Leadership for board leader recommendations,” Executive Director Christy Moore said. “We are excited to partner with alum Tom Egan and Esperanca to explore the LeaderLink process for linked nonprofits and volunteer leaders. This partnership will help to identify opportunities to make LeaderLink even more valuable to its users.”

Robert Craig has been a donor and supporter of Esperança for years.  He went on his first medical mission trip to Jinotega, Nicaragua in August and is excited to join the board.  He brings an extensive background in complex ex-US health care project management and product development to the board.  He has traveled to developing counties and met with NGO’s and seen how others approach clean water, sanitation and education.

Richard Filley is a Social Entrepreneurship Faculty, Mentor, Advisor at Arizona State University.  He has a great deal of experience in strategic planning and technology application, both domestically and globally.

Mistie Hauge is has a strong background in marketing, public relations, social media, business development, event planning, affiliate sales and marketing, SEO, SEM and web development. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with the board.

Freddy Saaverda is a Social Security Disability attorney admitted to practice in Arizona and represents claimants in administrative hearings throughout the southwest. He’s a graduate of Valle Del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute Class 2014.  He brings passion, accountability, and creativity to Esperança’s Board. As a former Staff Sergeant in the US Army with service in Bosnia and Iraq, Freddy learned the importance of commitment and follow through as well as the importance of teamwork.

Kenady Sorenson is a development executive at The Sedona Conference.  While studying at Arizona State University, she developed a passion for international travel.  She studied aboard in Buenos Aires, Argentina and learned Spanish.  She is looking forward to participating in this year’s Run for the Pour.

Jorge Alberto Saurez is from Colombia, South America.  He knows he can bring the sensibility and culture from the region to the board.  He has worked with Nongovernmental organizations in Colombia and is currently a student at the ASU Non-profit Management and Leadership School and education coordinator at Creative Living Fellowship.

Join us welcoming all of our new board members! To learn more about LeaderLink, visit: http://leaderlinkaz.org/.

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Run for the Pour Set for Nov. 15

Did you know thatover 80 percent of disease in the developing world is from contaminated water?  Here’s how you can have a direct impact: On Saturday, Nov. 15, we’re holding a “Run for the Pour” at SRP Arizona Falls, located at 5802 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix to ensure that people in Nicaragua will now have access to clean water.  The family friendly, 5K walk or run begins at 7:30 a.m.  Registration is $35 (includes a t-shirt and goodie bag) from now until Nov. 5 ($40 after Nov. 5).

The 5k run will highlight the process and workings of an actual water system that would be utilized in the developing world.  Participants will have the option of carrying a log or bucket to help demonstrate the real life challenges people in developing world’s encounter when working to provide clean water. There will be a prize for those runners that choose to participate in the optional obstacle course.

Board members William Kohl of William Kohl Ins Agency Inc. State Farm and Mark Jones a Technical Program Manager at Verizon will serve as the Co-Chairs for this year’s Run.  They will assist with securing sponsors and runners, as well as, behind the scenes planning for the event.

“We’re really glad to have William and Mark’s help,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “The Run for the Pour is a great way to bring awareness to the issue and give people a glimpse at the real life challenges people in other countries face without access to clean water.  We hope the community will come out and take part in this family friendly event.”

For more information or to become a “Run for the Pour” sponsor, call Jared Leslie, development director at (602) 252.7772 ext. 101.  To register for the run, visit: http://runforthepour.org.

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Esperança’s Uses Valley Leadership’s LeaderLink to Build Board

Esperança is one of the first nonprofits to utilize Valley Leadership’s new initiative LeaderLink, aimed at building the capacity of the nonprofit sector by connecting trained, engaged volunteer leaders with agencies seeking board members.

This month, Esperança will add six new board members, four coming from LeaderLink.

Esperança new board members are: Robert Craig, Pharm D., Senteryx Systems; Richard Filley, Arizona State University; Mistie Hauge, Fennemore Craig, PC.; Freddy Saaverdra, Law Offices of Stephanie Lake; Kenady Sorenson, The Sedona Conference; Jorge Alberto Saurez, Creative Living Fellowship.  (All but Robert Craig and Mistie Hague were connected through LeaderLink).

LeaderLink was created because our alumni and program participants are passionate to serve and because the nonprofit sector turns to Valley Leadership for board leader recommendations,” Executive Director Christy Moore said. “We are excited to partner with alum Tom Egan and Esperanca to explore the LeaderLink process for linked nonprofits and volunteer leaders. This partnership will help to identify opportunities to make LeaderLink even more valuable to its users.”

Through the LeaderLink database, individuals interested in volunteering for board service and agencies recruiting board members can create profiles and be notified when the system detects a match between an individual and an agency. LeaderLink is available to all local community benefit agencies and to volunteer leaders who alumni of Valley Leadership or partnering agencies. Matches are determined based on several criteria, including but not limited to service area and population, geographic area, and professional experience.

LeaderLink is going to be a valuable resource for Valley nonprofits,”said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança.  “We all struggle with board development from time to time and LeaderLink is going to help match qualified candidates with nonprofits who could really use their expertise and knowledge.”

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Hygiene Drive to Combat Ebola in Sierra Leone

Esperanca and BeaVan Charities, another local nonprofit that provides comprehensive solution to the grave problem of malnutrition in Sierra Leone, West Africa, have joined forces to collect much-needed hygiene supplies for the people of Sierra Leone. “The Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and particularly the capital Freetown is getting worse,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “The once commercial center of the country is being hit incredibly hard.  Basic hygiene supplies are desperately needed.  We’re coming together with BeaVan Charities to collect hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and basic cleaning supplies.  Our goal is to send care packages weekly to the areas hardest hit.” As Esther Pratt with BeaVan Charities noted, “We’ve been told by our contacts in the area that they are lacking basic hygiene supplies.  There is no cure for Ebola and as it stands only these small protective measures will help.  We’re hoping the community will come together and help us collect supplies for the people in West Africa.” Here are the supplies that are greatly needed:

  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Bleach based germicidal Clorox wipes
  • Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer, 4oz flip-cap bottle
  • PURELL Premoistened Sanitizing Hand Wipes, 5 x 7, 100/Box
  • Baby Wipes
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Plastic Gloves
  • donations to purchase Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (for children in quarantined communities that have already started experiencing food shortages)

Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Esperanca’s office, located at 1911 W. Earll Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85015 or you can make a donation by clicking donate now Darling child on tree

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Esperança is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.