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Esperança Celebrates International Women’s Day

Esperança Celebrates International Women’s Day

#BalanceforBetter A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter. This year, the Esperança staff is sharing their thoughts on what International […]

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Ten Tips for a Healthier Nutrition Month

Ten Tips for a Healthier Nutrition Month

By Diana Soto, RN – Community Health Nurse & Senior Program ManagerDiana serves as Esperança’s Community Health Nurse & Senior Program Manager, providing education sessions to seniors living in HUD housing as well as other heads of household. These classes are designed to help participants understand the effect that food […]

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Karla’s Commitment

Karla’s Commitment

My name is Karla Cid and I am 35 years-old. I am married with four beautiful children ages 15, 10, 7, and 3. I work at the administration department of a Behavioral Health Hospital and ever since I started here back in 2016, I started gaining weight and no matter

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International Program Updates

International Program Updates

By Anna Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director
In the past year, Esperança’s surgical program has undergone tremendous change. The rise of the political crisis in Nicaragua last April challenged the sustainability of our longest standing surgical program at that time. It forced us to take a step back and acknowledge

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One Thing No Child Should Ever Have to Share

One Thing No Child Should Ever Have to Share

Most 3rd graders today do not have the same every day worries as their parents did. Most children do not worry where their next meal is coming from, or about not getting medical attention because their parents do not have the funds to pay for it. The last thing on

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The Gift of Entrepreneurial Spirit

The Gift of Entrepreneurial Spirit

Avimileth is a 16 year-old girl living in the Community of La Concordia in Nicaragua. From a very young age, Avimileth has worked in the fields, cultivating corn and beans alongside her father and three sisters. She is also in her third year of high school, studying efficient technologies. Avimileth

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Esperança Launches Pediatrics Brigade Program in Nicaragua

Esperança Launches Pediatrics Brigade Program in Nicaragua

In July of 2018, Esperança began sending medical brigades from our office in Nicaragua to serve rural communities in need of primary care. Due to the political climate in the country, Esperança’s surgical missions were temporarily put on hold. However, this new brigade program allows us to serve a completely

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Christmas Angels 2018

Christmas Angels 2018

Esperança’s Christmas Angels program began nearly 20 years ago, when Domestic Program Director, Maria Valenzuela, saw great need from the families participating in our health classes around the holidays.  From the start, Maria was a one-woman show; working with schools to select children, securing sponsors, plus wrapping and delivering the

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“Thank You For Opening My Eyes”

“Thank You For Opening My Eyes”

Damaris Zenteno is like most 17 year-olds. She lives in the Japón neighborhood in the city of Tarija, Bolivia, with her mother and three sisters. Her father died when she was young, so her mother became the sole provider for the family, working hard to ensure the girls received an

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Preventing Infant Mortality in Bolivia

Preventing Infant Mortality in Bolivia

Claudia is 34 years old. She and her husband raise their two daughters (ages 4 and 11) in the Tierra Linda neighborhood of Bolivia, a new peri-urban district, devoid of sewer systems. Many schools and homes in rural Bolivia lack both running water and sanitation facilities. Imagine being in Claudia’s

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