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San Diego Club Raises $18,000 for Medical Mission

San Diego Club Raises $18,000 for Medical Mission

*re-posted from the ACBL February Bulletin* By Maritha Pottenger, ACBL The San Diego bridge community has been extremely generous over the last eight years in supporting the medical missions of Ray Sachs, an orthopedic surgeon. In 2019, we raised a record amount, over $18,000, bringing the eight-year total to between […]

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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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Kindness Brings Courage

Kindness Brings Courage

Submitted by: Eileen Kane, Esperança medical volunteer Sometimes the human elements of kindness, tenderness and caring make as big an impact as the success of a complicated surgery. It was in Santarem, Brazil, in the early nineties when a beautiful young lady appeared at the clinic in the hope of […]

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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 […]

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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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