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BHHS Legacy Foundation Grants $75,000 to Esperança’s Health Education Program in Phoenix

BHHS Legacy Foundation has awarded grant funding in the amount of $75,000 to Esperança for Health Education Programs.   The monies granted will go towards health-related preventative education programs, including obesity prevention, oral health and chronic disease management to underserved families who live in Central Phoenix or the neighborhoods that line the I-17 corridor.

Esperança has been providing preventive health education services to families in the Phoenix community for 16 years and this grant will allow them to expand the program.

The funding provided by BHHS Legacy Foundation will allow Esperanca to provide preventative health education on a variety of topics including breast cancer screening, sun safety, water safety, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, and more.  Participants will be directed to partners who can provide medical and dental services when needed. Programming will be delivered in English and Spanish with a goal of improving community health for people without regular access to the health care system.

“The BHHS Legacy Foundation is has been a long-time supporter of our program,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança.  “Legacy has been a funder for the last two year previously granting $60,000”.  We’re so appreciative for their on-going support.  Our health education program is improving community health through education in Phoenix neighborhoods that are currently experiencing the greatest health deficits. It’s also increasing participants’ access to care by linking them to partners who are able to provide needed medical and dental services.”

 

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Esperança and BeaVan Charities Partner to Collect Much-Needed Hygiene Supplies for People Affected By Ebola

PHOENIX, Ariz. (August 21, 2014)… Esperança, an international nonprofit committed to improving the health and well being of the world’s poor and BeaVan Charities, another local nonprofit that provides comprehensive solutions 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.”

 

For a complete list of items needed, visit:  http://www.esperanca.org/sanitize/.

 

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 online at www.WeTransformLives.org and 100% of your donation will go directly to help those people in Sierra Leone.

 

About BeaVan Charities

BeaVan Charities is a non-profit organization incorporated in Phoenix Arizona to provide a comprehensive solution to the grave problem of malnutrition in Sierra Leone, West Africa since the end of a decade long civil war. Our mission is to create an environment where children, pregnant and lactating mothers have access to nutritious foods and initiate sustainable agricultural and economic programs to alleviate their poverty and improve food security.  To learn more, visit: http://www.beavancharities.com.

 

About Esperança

Since 1970, Esperança has been providing programs to improve the health and well being of the world’s poor.  Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., this international nonprofit provides volunteer surgical missions, health education, training of community health workers, home building, clean water projects, micro enterprise, agricultural development, dental treatment and prevention programs, and sends donated medical equipment and supplies to project sites around the world. Esperança’s goal is to build clean, sustainable and healthy communities worldwide.  To learn more, visit: www.weTransformLives.org.

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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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Arizona Families Receive Care Packages

Thanks to our generous donors, we collected and distributed 150 health and hygiene kits to children and families at our partner sites throughout Phoenix.  The kits were full of much needed hygiene supplies such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shampoo, lotion and dental floss, to help the families get off to a healthy start for the school year.  Esperança also gathered school supplies for 150 children.

“We appreciate all of the donors who helped make this possible,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança.  “We know the families are grateful to have new hygiene and school supplies.  Often times, they can’t afford even the most basic items, so your gifts went along way in ensuring they are off to a healthy start.”

If you would like to contribute toward our next supply drive, watch for information about our Christmas Angels program.  Gifts for children will be collected in November and distributed in December to our partner sites.  For more information, call Marie Valenzuela at 602-252-7772 ext. 108 or maria@esperanca.org.

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Esperança Plans 2nd Annual Run for the Pour in November

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Over 80 percent of disease in the developing world is from contaminated water.  On Saturday, Nov. 15, Esperança is 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 run or walk begins at 7:30 a.m.  Registration is $35 (includes a t-shirt and goodie bag) from now until Nov. 5 and then $40 from Nov. 6-15.

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 through obstacles that will 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.

“Sadly, more than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. ” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “The Run for the Pour is a great way to bring awareness to the issue. Most water sources are contaminated as they are used not only for drinking and cooking but for bathing, laundry, irrigation, and waste disposal as well. Waterborne illnesses, such as cholera, have devastating consequences for poor families, with children being the most vulnerable.”

Deliveringclean water and improved sanitation is a major focus of Esperança’s work. They build community wells, water systems and latrines in every region they serve using local materials. Each benefitting family participates in the construction process, providing all of the labor and taking true ownership of their new water source.

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 Annual Hope Breakfast Set for April 30, 2014

What:        Fourth Annual Esperança Hope Breakfast

Who:         Open to the public

When:       Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Program is from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Where:     Phoenix Country Club, located at 2901 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014

Why:        Join us for a complimentary breakfast to hear about the wonderful work Esperança is doing in the community and internationally to bring hope, provide health and transform communities.  Dr. Jim Foltz and Dr. Raymond Sacks will be the featured speakers.  Dr. Foltz is a local Obstetrics & Gynecology Surgeon who has volunteered with Esperança for four years during the organization’s trips to Bolivia and Nicaragua.  Dr. Sacks is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon from San Diego.  He makes several volunteer medical missions trips a year to Bolivia with Esperança.

How:        Please RSVP to Jared Leslie, development director at jared@esperanca.org or (602) 252-7772 ext. 101.

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I’d like to introduce you to a man who grows gold. At least that’s what we hear. His name is Don Pedro. He lives in Bolivia, in the dry, cold, rocky
mountains. Used to be, Don Pedro couldn’t even grow enough food to feed farm animals — not even chickens.

So, just like everybody else in the area he and his family lived on a terrible diet of whatever wretched vegetation the rocky ground could provide.  Not enough protein … not enough Vitamin B. This meant children with stunted growth and learning disabilities.

But thanks to the generosity of friends like you, we had the joy of bringing Don Pedro a new idea: new crops, different plants, that thrive in the Bolivian climate:

• Quinoa (packed with protein)
• Spinach (packed with Vitamin B)
• Broccoli (packed with Vitamin E)
• Chard (packed with Vitamin K)
• Peas (packed with Vitamin A)

Foods you and I take for granted! But not in Bolivia. There, these foods are exotic!  We brought in seeds — and training — to help Don Pedro and his neighbors set up a drip irrigation system, made with local materials.

Don Pedro not only started feeding himself and his family better, but his harvests were soon three times as big as before! And here’s the bonus that makes me smile: Most Bolivians have never seen these types of vegetables before, so when Don Pedro takes his surplus to market, he is drastically improving his family’s income by selling these rare crops for a premium. Don Pedro also began teaching his neighbors what he had learned. Now they’re doing great, too.

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“It’s like we are selling gold at the marketplace!” one woman says, with a huge smile. “We’re eating things we’ve never seen or tasted before!”

Esperança also holds recipe contests — to encourage folks to find new ways to bring nutritious foods into their homes, and keep their families healthy.

But this story isn’t finished — because there are more families in need … more villages suffering … and they need us.

Your partnership helps stop the malnutrition … stop the stunted growth … stop the learning disabilities … Give children an opportunity to thrive and grow and learn … Give them the gift of a future.

Thank you for your support in giving hope to these families today. Maybe you could even help more. However you’ve been blessed in life, let me invite you to share some part of the bounty with people in need … in Bolivia, and beyond … through the proven work of Esperança.

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Dr. Retson Celebrates 40th Volunteer Medical Mission Trip

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Dr. Nicholas Retson is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Indiana who gives freely of his time and talents to those in need.  He started volunteering with Esperança in 2009 but has been traveling on surgical missions since 1990 and this week marks his 40th medical mission trip! He and his team will be in Nicaragua from August 2-9th helping children and adults who otherwise would not have access to medical care.

He has traveled to Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador and India to conduct countless free surgeries on children and adults in need.

As Dr. Retson recalls, “Every trip is eye opening for me.  To see what being in the developing world really means and how they live on a daily basis puts everything in perspective.  When I return home, my perspective is always different.  I have met some of the nicest people in the world on these trips who are also some of the poorest people in the world.  They have almost nothing, but they are always willing to share whatever they do have with others and the love for their children and families is inspiring.”

Dr. Retson could share countless stories but the children always stick in his mind.  He remembers helping a 16 month old baby who was burned in an accident involving diesel fuel and many children born with cleft lips who would have never gone to school, without his help.

“You can’t turn away from that or forget their stories,” said Dr. Retson.  “You can’t not want to go back and try to help as many people as you can, because you know no one else will.”

Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança noted, “While in Nicaragua this week, Dr. Retson and his team will serve 40-50 patients.  Over the course of the last 14 years, Dr. Retson has provided an invaluable service. We are grateful for his dedication, commitment and continued service to our mission.  We couldn’t do the work we do without doctors like Dr. Retson on board.  Join us in congratulating him on a huge milestone and achievement!”

 

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Notes from the Road: Bob

Robin(my wife) and I(Bob) have been supporters of Esperanca for twenty years. Now we have the opportunity to see Esperanca’s contributions up close. For the next ten days I will join one of their most experienced surgical teams and the local community advocates that have devoted themselves to transforming lives in the important district of Jinotega, Nicaragua. I will also see community development projects funded by Esperanca’s donors that bring people clean water and improved sanitation. This important district encompasses dozens of rural communities and covers 250 square miles, producing 80% of the coffee in the country’s agricultural economy.

A few days after returning from this mission we will join Esperanca staff in Phoenix for a session of SSL (Salud con Sabor Latino) which addresses the most pressing health issues of our underserved communities. As a pharmacist I know only too well the enormous cost that unhealthy behaviors and products place on individuals, families, businesses, and public health resources.  The burden in human suffering and financial cost has been growing exponentially in the US, even becoming a measurable drag on productivity and economic growth. Rather than trying to “boil the ocean”, Esperanca targets our community where the need is most acute, and where transformation has the greatest payoff.

Esperanca embodies the best attributes of a nonprofit organization in the public health sphere. Its local and international programs are driven by committed volunteers, deeply experienced staff, and a legion of long-term donors, supporters, and health care suppliers that know their contributions go directly where they are needed most. Esperanca’s goals are realistic, measurable, sustainable, and proven. Like many donors before me, I will get to see how it all happens!

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Supply Drive for Hope

Esperança is holding a summer drive to collect surgical equipment for our international programs and hygiene supplies for our domestic programs. This fall, Esperança will send an entire sea shipment container full of donated medical goods to its partners in Central and South America for use in their clinics and hospitals.  We accept both expired and non-expired materials and supplies. However, we are not able to accept medications or liquids of any sort (i.e. saline, iodine solution, ointments, pre-filled syringes, etc.). For a complete list of medical items we are seeking, visit http://www.esperanca.org/donate-supplies/.

We  are also collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, dental floss, and lotion for our domestic program that helps low-income and underserved families in South Phoenix.

Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Esperança’s office, located at 1911 W. Earll Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85015, or you can call Anna Ortiz, Surgical Program Coordinator, in regards to the international program donations at 602-252-7772 ext. 114. For donations designated to the domestic program please contact Jared Leslie, Development Director at 602-252-7772 ext. 101.

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