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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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“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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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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Soledad’s Story

Soledad’s Story

Soledad lives in a community home, where you and I may think our seniors are enjoying their retirement. That they may not worry too much about their life other than making sure they can watch soccer or wonder who will host the next Loteria game, a game similar to Bingo.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A personal memoir by Jeri Royce, President & CEO
As you may already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What you may not know is that breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, and that one in eight women in the United States will

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Immunization Awareness Month

Immunization Awareness Month

The Importance of Getting Vaccinated
By Diana Soto, RN
Esperança’s main focus is in the prevention of disease.  We work hard to develop programs that help communities prevent diseases – programs such as vaccination campaigns reduce the spread of infectious diseases, allowing communities to be healthy and thrive.
Whenever our

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A Mother’s Determination

A Mother’s Determination

Edith Josefina Mansilla was born in Potosí (Bolivia) on November 20, 1996 and is 21 years old. She is studying in the 4th year of her public accounting career. She currently lives in the San Bernando neighborhood of the city of Tarija. Edith lives with her parents, is the oldest

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Maria’s Memoir

Maria’s Memoir

By Maria Valenzuela, Phoenix Program Director
“In 1979, my mother brought me to this country, chasing the American dream.
We settled into a disadvantaged community in Arizona. My mother was young and determined to make a better living for herself and her 6-year-old daughter. We lived in a trailer. I

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