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International Translation Day

International Translation Day

By Anna Ortiz, International Program DirectorOne of the most recently adopted United Nations resolutions, International Translation Day was established in 2017 to be celebrated every September 30th. This day pays tribute to bilingual professionals, generational interpreters, and anyone trying to bridge connections across language barriers.International Translation Day recognizes the work […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Juan Ramirez

Volunteer Spotlight – Juan Ramirez

Juan Ramirez is a Biomedical Equipment Technician III with Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has always had a passion for service, but was unsure how to best use his expertise in a volunteer fashion. That is, until he encountered Esperança! In 2017, Juan was invited to join Esperança on a trip […]

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Carlos is Starting on the Right Foot Post-Amputation

Carlos is Starting on the Right Foot Post-Amputation

In July, a local restaurant owner called Esperança, sharing the story of an employee, Carlos, who recently had his left leg amputated following diabetes-related complications. Carlos has no insurance and the prosthetic would cost him $25,000 out of pocket. Looking to help her employee clearly in pain and struggling to […]

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Celebrating 52 years of service for Esperança’s Peruvian partner, CADEP

Celebrating 52 years of service for Esperança’s Peruvian partner, CADEP

Submitted by Adriana Farquharson, International Program Coordinator Centro Andino de Educación y Promoción José María Arguedas (CADEP JMA) serves the Cusco and Apurímac regions of Peru, committed to strengthening and empowering indigenous Quechua populations. In every area of service to this vulnerable population CADEP exhibits equity, creativity, and justice. They […]

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The Surgery That Allowed Luz to Follow Her Dreams

The Surgery That Allowed Luz to Follow Her Dreams

Luz Marina Vargas, 25, lives in Abancay, a Peruvian city deep in the Eternal Springtime Valley. Luz shares a humble home and happy life with her newlywed husband, Alberto.She finds joy in baking all types of desserts, snacks, and cakes to give to her friends and neighbors. Luz is known […]

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Esperança Delivers PPE to Partner Hospital in Ecuador

Esperança Delivers PPE to Partner Hospital in Ecuador

In 2019, after a thorough evaluation and site visit, Esperança began sending volunteer surgical missions to Hospital León Becerra in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Three teams have completed missions at the new site, seeing well over 100 patients each week thanks to the help of a local patient pre-screening team. Understandably, due […]

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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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