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International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day

Every December 5th on International Volunteer Day we celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. As many of our fellow nonprofit organizations do, Esperança thrives on the power of skilled, passionate volunteers.  Whether it be internationally or right here in Phoenix, dedicated ambassadors are in abundance at Esperança.The epitome of […]

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The Esperança Model and Why it Works

The Esperança Model and Why it Works

By Jeri Royce, President & CEO Many of us feel called to “fix” the problems in the world, whether it be here in America or in another country. Starving children, homelessness, lack of clean water, and the list goes on and on. Fixing problems is a noble cause with good […]

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Peru Ophthalmology Mission – Day 2

Peru Ophthalmology Mission – Day 2

By Elizabeth Meyers, MPH MSW, Esperança volunteer translatorOur group, made of surgeons, doctors, nurses, Certified Scrub Techs, Certified Ophthalmic Techs, public health experts, and translators traveled with 25 suitcases full of medical equipment and medicine, for over 24 hours to meet the Esperança crew in Cusco for our first trip […]

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It Started with a Ship…

It Started with a Ship…

    The spirit of Esperança has been present and growing in Phoenix since 1970, when Father Luke Tupper first began advocating for his medical campaign in South America. Mere weeks before “Esperança, Inc.” was officially incorporated, the Arizona Republic ran an article about Father Luke’s fundraising efforts to build […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Felicia Lindstrom

Volunteer Spotlight – Felicia Lindstrom

For Felicia Lindstrom, a passion for serving others in the healthcare field was sparked very early in life. “I was in junior high when my grandmother lost her leg to gangrene from diabetes, and she had to go get fitted for a prosthetic. So I went with her to the […]

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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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