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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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World AIDS Day – Esperança’s Support in Mozambique

World AIDS Day – Esperança’s Support in Mozambique

World AIDS Day
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017, approximately 36.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV – nearly 70% of them in Africa.  In addition, an estimated 940,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses and about 1.8 million people were newly infected with

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Esperança’s First Ophthalmology Mission to Peru

Esperança’s First Ophthalmology Mission to Peru

A Trip Report by Elena Burr
On October 21st, Esperança’s first ever Ophthalmology Mission to Peru hit the ground.  One of our few teams from Phoenix (Esperança’s home base), this was group’s first time travelling with Esperança. To accompany and support the first Ophthalmology team on their trip to Abancay, Esperança

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What You Need to Know About World Diabetes Day

What You Need to Know About World Diabetes Day

An Interview with Diana Soto, RN
Nicolasa is a 49 year old Hispanic female diagnosed with Type II DM 15 years ago. She is insulin dependent. She was reluctant to enroll in Esperança’s Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) and stated that she was unsure if she would even attend the

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Nicaragua October Brigades Report

Nicaragua October Brigades Report

Report by Adriana Farquharson, International Program Coordinator
Since Esperança began sending primary care brigades to rural communities in Nicaragua this July, our team has changed countless lives by providing primary medical care and dental services. Read our October report below to find out more:
Primary Care Brigades October 2018
 

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