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 […]
As you read this, how far are you from a clean water source?
Imagine now that the next time you wanted a drink, needed to wash your hands, or started to cook something, you first had to walk 500 feet (the length of one and a half football fields) to
By Anna Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director I have frequently been asked, “what do you think is the single-most important public health issue of our day?” For a long time I struggled to answer that question without devolving into a moral argument about public health priorities. That was until I […]
Success of Santa Ana-El Diamante
How You Keep the Water Moving in Rural Nicaragua
When you look at the area around Santa Ana-El Diamante, you see winding, dirt roads running through forests, tree dotted hills, and expansive coffee plantations.
Simeon, a farmer who has lived here his entire life, knows
Written by: Esperança Board Member, Julie Kurtz, MS, RD, CDE
In Esperança’s Quarterly Newsletter, I read about Maria… a mother who has hope because her family no longer has to worry about drinking and cooking with dirty water. Maria is responsible for all the water her family needs for cooking, cleaning,
Water is life — the phrase echoes through the four communities where Anna Ortiz and Brenda Trejo are conducting water analyses. As interns sponsored by HealthWorks Collaborative, Anna and Brenda are working with Esperança’s nonprofit partner AVODEC to add strength to Esperança’s water and sanitation efforts in Nicaragua.
Esperanca has a unique opportunity to correct the water crisis in Los Angeles, a rural village in Nicaragua, by piping clean, fresh water sourced from a pure subterranean spring to everyone’s home in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is just 1 of 12 villages Esperanca plans to bring clean drinking water to over the next four years.
It’s called a “faucet.” It brings you water, fresh, clean, safe water.
Imagine taking all your faucets away. No more water. When you want water — and you will certainly want water, probably very soon — you have to go find it. Wherever it is.
This was Juliet’s life. She
4,438: That’s how many children cholera and typhoid kill every day in places like Nicaragua.
To Americans like you and me, these are illnesses out of our history books, dangers faced by our forefathers and the pioneers of the old west. But in places like Santa Amalia,
Latrines were the sight of the day! It is amazing to learn how a latrine is truly the cornerstone for a community’s health. On day four of the Mission of Hope we were in the community of Santa Amalia learning how a latrine is constructed and how the community rallies