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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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Artist Plans Show to Benefit Esperança

Joe Cuello, a Los Angeles based artist is having a show on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Lotus Contemporary Art Gallery, located at 511 Roosevelt St. in Phoenix. His original pieces and limited prints will be available for purchase, with 10 percent of all sales going to Esperança. The event is presented by Fervor Records and part of Phoenix First Friday.

Joe Cuello is a talented music executive and local artist. He is a powerful creative force that has impacted the lives of countless songwriters and musicians. He worked with music hit shows and web platforms such as MTV, VH1, CMT, , and more. Recently, he left his music career to focus on his passion – art. His paintings from the most recent collection focus on his family and friends.

Fervor Records COO, Jeff Freundlich says, “Joe Cuello has been a huge champion of the Phoenix music scene and Fervor Records. He has played a large part in the launches of local acts Fayuca, Super Stereo and Tarik NuClothes. Fervor Records is extremely proud to support Joe in his artistic endeavors.”

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Canvas the World in Hope

Joe Cuello will be holding a fundraiser with his creative works on October 3rd, 2014 at the Phoenix First Friday festivities for Esperanҫa. Cuello  is a powerful creative force that has impacted the lives of countless songwriters and musicians. Mr. Cuello served as Sr. Vice President of Creative Music Integration at media juggernaut Viacom. Cuello worked tirelessly integrating music in hit TV shows and web platforms across MTV, VH1, CMT, and beyond. Cuello’s behind the scenes work has heavily influenced the music community in Arizona through his relationship with Phoenix indie label Fervor Records. The high-powered exec championed the likes of local acts Super Stereo and Fayuca helping to launch their careers on MTV. He also landed a multitude of songs from Fervor’s roster in countless shows across Viacom’s multiple networks.


Recently Cuello decided to leave the high-pressure corporate world to focus on his own artistry. A creative soul to his core, he quickly immersed himself in his passion for painting, a passion that had taken a back seat when his executive career skyrocketed. Now things come full circle as Fervor Records is able to showcase Mr. Cuello’s art. The label is proud to sponsor his Arizona gallery debut at Denise Fleisch’s Lotus Contemporary Art in downtown Phoenix. Cuello focuses on friends and family in his most recent collection, an intimate look at real people transcending environments.

Fervor Records COO, Jeff Freundlich says, “Joe Cuello has been a huge champion of the Phoenix music scene and Fervor Records. He has played a large part in the launches of Fayuca, Super Stereo and Tarik NuClothes. Fervor Records is extremely proud to support Joe in his artistic endeavors.

Cuello states, “The past year has been a watershed time for me creatively. The new work I’ve produced illustrates the deeply personal and yet distant connections we all have with individuals. The people I paint are friends, family and sometime strangers who for a moment feel connected to my life.” 

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