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Esperança Honored as 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit GreatNonprofits.org Award is based on Positive Online Reviews

Esperança has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit,” says Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança.  “We are proud of our accomplishments this year. Our successes that impact health directly include our volunteer surgical teams transforming the lives of over 1,500 rural villagers, and educating tens of thousands of Bolivians to prevent tropical diseases that kill 30% of their population. Our successes in community health include providing clean water for hundreds in Nicaragua, and building the first safe housing villagers in the highlands in Peru have ever owned”.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Esperança received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit.

Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.

To learn more about the award, visit www.greatnonprofits.org.

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Dollar for Dollar Match in December

Christmas Eve, there’s a picture of it, already, in your head, in your heart, Ornaments and lights. Presents under the tree. Children snuggled safe in their beds, squirming with anticipation. But the picture is very, very different for the children and families we serve. This Christmas, they’ll be walking. Trudging, on foot,mile after mile, simply to stay alive.

Water for Survival
• The families we serve walk an average of three miles every single day of the year — to find water. Children often have the chore of fetching water for the entire family, so they can’t go to school. They even have to make the trek when they’re sick — because there’s no way to survive without water. And even then, the water they bring back is dirty, unsafe and yet it’s all they have. We need to dig more wells.

Growing Their Own Food
• Many of the parents we serve have to walk long distances to find work — they leave home before dawn, return after dark, leave young children alone all day. They have no choice — even though their wages are pitifully small. There’s no alternative. But for $80, we can get a family started raising chickens or pigs, growing a garden, planting crops. Parents can stay home with their children. The children eat better, and get back in school. We need to help more families grow their own food.

Surgical Mission Teams
• Some people walk hundreds of miles — for surgery. One woman carried her baby boy more than 2,000 miles to reach an Esperança surgeon. We can hardly imagine such a thing. Surgery is traumatic for anyone, but I can hardly fathom the pain of having to walk hundreds of miles to find help. It only costs $7,000 to send an entire surgical mission
team to a needy area — and each team averages as many as 45 surgeries. That’s about $156 for an operation (another mind-blowing number). We need to send more surgical mission teams.

I invite you to look through the gift catalog. You’ll find many different ways to change the lives of children and families in serious need. The Matching Challenge applies to anything in this catalog and any additional items. Your pledge will be DOUBLED this month due to our board of directors agreeing to match your gifts up to $100,000!

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Esperança Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Esperança has earned the highest rating available from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator.  They awarded its coveted four-star rating to Esperanca for “sound fiscal management”.   Esperança is one of only 37 four-star charities in the state of Arizona.

“Approximately a quarter of the charities we evaluate have received our highest rating, indicating that Esperança outperforms most other charities in America,” said Ken Berger, President & CEO, Charity Navigator.  “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Esperanca from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent decisions by evaluating charities’ financial health and efficiency. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.

To learn more visit, http://www.charitynavigator.org/.

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Hope for Paula

2Paula is a 40 year old mother of 5 with limited resources and few options for health care in the small community of Sarawaska  about 25 kilometers away from the city of Jinotega, Nicaragua where Esperanҫa operates. Paula has had to deal with two major medical conditions over the years. Her first condition is epilepsy, a condition that causes uncontrollable seizures and is managed by medication. She currently takes medication 3 times a day to control her seizures but this poses a challenge. She also developed gallstones, and with her epileptic condition no local doctors would operate on her. This means for the past four years she has lived with the pain that is associated with gallstones with no chance of relief. The gallstones had reached a point where she could no longer function with the pain they caused.

Then she heard about the surgical mission that Esperanҫa was sending to Jinotega with Dr. Inglis and his general surgical team, and there was hope for Paula. She leapt at even the chance of being considered for the surgical mission and the first day of the mission she was there and ready to be evaluated for surgery. She came prepared and was cleared for surgery and was placed on the schedule for the week. When her surgery time came, it went off without a hitch. She was so grateful for the amazing team and supporters like you that made it possible for her to function again.

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#GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday and that means a lot to those who support Esperança and our mission, this means your donation will be doubled! Your donation from today and throughout this month is doubled up to $100,000. Because of this generous matching campaign and friends like you we have saved hundreds of lives by bringing hope through sustainable disease prevention and treatment. This means:

  • Clean Water – In the developing countries we serve, contaminated water is at the root of much of the needless sickness and death we see in rural villages. Esperança locates fresh, clean underground water sources and provides villagers with the training and materials needed to bring this precious resource to their community.
  • Micro Business Loans – Many of the families we serve in rural areas just barely survive on the income each family member contributes. Esperança can create a new source of
    income by providing a set of chickens, a sack of quinoa seeds, or even a pig. In time, these resources pay for themselves and enable the family to pay back the loan and spread the same life-changing opportunity to another family in need.
  • Health Education – Much of the sickness not caused by contaminated water can be avoided by basic changes to lifestyle habits such as using soap or sleeping under a mosquito net. Esperança provides health education and training – teaching the local residents why they get sick and how they can prevent sickness in the future. Materials are also provided to help families make these life-saving changes.
  • Home Building – Thousands of families around the world live in unsafe, unsanitary houses built out of sticks, mud and other debris. Esperança provides the materials and training needed in order for these families to build safe homes they can call their own.

So much is accomplished through your support! Help me give Esperança a great head start next year by giving a special #GivinigTuesday  gift.

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Dixon’s Wishes are Answered

Meet one of the children that has been saved, 10-year-old Dixon who lives in El Pavón, Rio Blanco, Nicaragua. He hated going to school, where the other children made fun of his severe cleft lip.

Knowing that education was Dixon’s best hope for a better future, and wanting the best of everything for her son, his mother had sought help to repair his cleft when he was younger. The local doctors told her that she would need to travel a great distance from home to reach the doctors that had the skill to provide the surgery and that it would be very costly for the surgery itself. She knew that she could not afford even the trip, let alone the expensive surgery.

Out of options, Dixon and his family resigned themselves to a lifetime of teasing and prejudice. This was when hope arrived over the radio in the form of Esperanҫa. His mother heard an announcement that Esperança was sending a plastic surgeon from the United States to Jinotega to operate for free on children with problems like Dixon’s.

Although Dixon and his mother live only 65 miles from Jinotega in the Department of Matagalpa, it was still a long and costly journey for them. They had to travel on foot much of the way, and they had to spend precious money to buy food as well. However, Dixon’s mother knew it was a good investment of time and money since she so wanted to transform her son’s life. At the completion of Dixon’s surgery, the entire family was very happy with the outcome. This will allow him to live a life free from the prejudice a cleft lip brings.

 

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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!
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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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