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Body and Mind…Getting Kids Ready for the School Year

Body and Mind…Getting Kids Ready for the School Year

Summer can be a tricky time for some Phoenix families. The same childcare and after-school resources are often not available, causing a financial and emotional strain on working parents. Luckily, in the heart of South Phoenix, Wesley Community Center offers a variety of programs for school age children during the […]

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Mother & Son – Learning Together

Mother & Son – Learning Together

Maciene, Mozambique is largely run by women. An area scarce in economic resources, men often leave their families to find work in South Africa.  Ten hours to the west of Maciene, the men will send monthly remittances home to support their families. They visit twice per year, on Easter and […]

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The Search for a Surgeon is Over

The Search for a Surgeon is Over

Two years ago, Lorena’s life changed forever. She was at her home in Guayaquil, Ecuador, playing with her four-year-old son, David, when their house caught fire.  Luckily, Lorena and David were able to escape with their lives…but not before they both suffered third- and forth-degree burns. Their tragedy didn’t end […]

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All Aboard the Esperança

All Aboard the Esperança

Submitted by Rosemary, a long-time Esperança supporter“It all started 45 years ago. I was working for Philips Medical Systems in Connecticut, a manufacturer of medical x-ray systems; including a dental x-ray unit called the Orolit.”Little did Rosemary know, Father Luke Tupper had that exact Orolit model on board the Esperança […]

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Grimanesa’s Support System

Grimanesa’s Support System

Grimanesa and her son arrived at the regional hospital of Abancay on Thursday, four days into Dr. Feuerstein’s mission…and long after the week had been scheduled and the team was no longer accepting new patients. Esperança staff attempted to explain the situation, but Grimanesa’s son was adamant that she at […]

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Giving Sulay a Leg Up in Ecuador

Giving Sulay a Leg Up in Ecuador

How you helped release Sulay from 22 years of disability Sulay Camaton was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador with a club foot, a condition where an infant’s foot is formed inward, sometimes so severely that the sole of the foot faces sideways or even upward. Tragically, her parents couldn’t afford the […]

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A Weight Has Been Lifted

A Weight Has Been Lifted

The political situation in Nicaragua has made it difficult, if not impossible, to send Esperança’s volunteer surgeons as we have in the past. That being said, the need has not diminished. Countless lives still depend on the surgical intervention we offer for procedures they would never have access to on […]

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“I Can Finally Have a Son”

“I Can Finally Have a Son”

Abancay, Peru, also known as “the Valley of Eternal Spring,” is home to 37 year-old Salomé Hurtado, her husband, and their two children.  In this fertile valley, Salomé works as an at-home gardener, selling her fruits and vegetables at the market on the weekends. Her husband is a laborer in […]

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Two Good Men

Two Good Men

Pictured above, from left to right: Jeri Royce, President & CEO, Mr. and Mrs. Young, long-time supporters of Esperanca, Dr. Bill Dolan, Bobbie Vidulich, and Dr. Harry Owens, members of the original surgical missions aboard the Esperança hospital ship in Brazil.Submitted by a long-time supporter of EsperançaMy connection to Esperança […]

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Memories of a Sweet Wait

Memories of a Sweet Wait

“My pregnancy was a problem…now it’s a sweet wait for my baby to be born.” Nicolasa is a 27-year-old pregnant woman, living in the Japan Neighborhood, a semi-urban area of ​​the city of Tarija, Bolivia. This neighborhood does not have access to a traditional health care facility, and the residents […]

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