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Hernia Surgery Gives Alberto a New Lease on Life in Nicaragua

Hernia Surgery Gives Alberto a New Lease on Life in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, there is no retirement for the general population. Family members, regardless or age or gender, contribute to the daily housework, which generally consists of fetching water, tending crops, and caring for a few animals. Alberto Gonzalez is 69 years old, a widowed father of six, still doing what […]

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Pregnancy Pains Turn Life-Threatening in Nicaragua

Pregnancy Pains Turn Life-Threatening in Nicaragua

Yadira Jamileth Benavides Hernandez is 29 years old and from Manceras Rancho Grande, Nicaragua. She has two children, the youngest of whom just turned two months old. Yadira is a fulltime homemaker, and these days is dedicated to taking care of her new baby.For the past year, and all throughout […]

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Earth Day 2020 – For People and Planet

Earth Day 2020 – For People and Planet

By Jazmin Hernandez, Community Health Educator The solar system reminds us that, just as the Earth is not at the center of the Universe, neither are we humans the center of the Earth. We, along with the rest of the natural world, are all interconnected within the larger web of […]

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Esperança is Bringing Pediatric Services to Rural Communities

Esperança is Bringing Pediatric Services to Rural Communities

Marcos Yadier Rocha Palacio is two months old and is the newest child of his family, who lives in La Rinconada de la Concordia, Nicaragua. In March, his mother brought him to Esperança’s monthly primary care brigade, implemented by local partner, AVODEC, for his first consultation with a pediatrician.Marcos’s mother […]

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Esperança Returns to Nicaragua After Two Years

Esperança Returns to Nicaragua After Two Years

It has been close to two years since Esperança’s last boots on the ground surgical mission in Nicaragua.  Due to an unstable sociopolitical climate, we stopped sending United States volunteer-led teams. Fortunately, some good did come from these events. Esperança’s local partner, AVODEC, determined that a huge health gap was […]

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A Decade Without A Dentist

A Decade Without A Dentist

Every six months is the general rule for taking your child to the dentist, so the thought of a ten year-old going to the dentist for the first time is almost unimaginable.  That means missing 20 visits worth of cleanings, cavity prevention, and oral health education.Ten year-old Jeferson never had […]

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Medical Supply Donations are Saving Lives in Nicaragua

Medical Supply Donations are Saving Lives in Nicaragua

Esperança’s medical brigade team routinely visits Isabel’s community to provide primary, pediatric, and dental care. Her children had received screenings and teeth cleanings, and were living healthier than ever before! However, Isabel herself was struggling. Isabel is diabetic, and must administer insulin two times per day to keep her blood […]

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Clean Water is Flowing in Rio Grande, Nicaragua

Clean Water is Flowing in Rio Grande, Nicaragua

The community of Rio Grande is 27 miles from the city of Jinotega, Nicaragua. The population here mainly consists of hardworking coffee farmers. However, the use of chemical fertilizers in the soil and on the plants has left the local river (and their

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