Esperança

Disease Prevention Success Stories

Body and Mind…Getting Kids Ready for the School Year

Summer can be a tricky time for some Phoenix families. The same childcare and after-school resources are often not available, causing a financial and emotional strain on working parents. Luckily, in the heart of South Phoenix, Wesley Community Center offers a variety of programs for school age children during the […]

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Mother & Son – Learning Together

Maciene, Mozambique is largely run by women. An area scarce in economic resources, men often leave their families to find work in South Africa.  Ten hours to the west of Maciene, the men will send monthly remittances home to support their families. They visit twice per year, on Easter and […]

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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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Memories of a Sweet Wait

“My pregnancy was a problem…now it’s a sweet wait for my baby to be born.” Nicolasa is a 27-year-old pregnant woman, living in the Japan Neighborhood, a semi-urban area of ​​the city of Tarija, Bolivia. This neighborhood does not have access to a traditional health care facility, and the residents […]

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Mother’s Day 2019 – Celebrating Mamacitas

By Maria Valenzuela, Domestic Program DirectorDía de las Madres is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin countries every year on May 10th. Next to Christmas day, May 10th is the second most celebrated holiday by Latinos. Growing up with Mexican roots, May 10th was a day most of us prepared […]

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Letters From Luke – Arlene’s Miracle

By: Father Luke Tupper, aboard the hospital ship Esperança, 1974 Newsletter In 1974, 10 year-old Arlene was on her first trip to the city with her family. The small boat was slowly plying its way toward Santarem, having left Vila Curuai several hours before. Most of the passengers were quietly […]

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Spanish Language Day

What language do you think in? What language do you dream in? Those were the most common questions Maria Valenzuela, Esperança’s Domestic Program Director, was asked growing up as a monolingual Spanish speaking kid in the 1980’s. “To my surprise I still get asked those questions,” Maria laughs. Even more […]

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World Health Day – the Importance of Immunizations

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7th, as the founding day of the World Health Organization.  On this day, and every day in between, Esperança focuses on improving the lives of men, women, and children who fall through the cracks of modern-day healthcare. Esperança was established on […]

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Community Health Worker – More than a Noun

Community Health Worker (CHW) nouna term describing public health and/or social service workers who are close to and serve members of the community by helping them to adopt healthy behaviorsHow can one sentence encompass a healthcare movement that transcends cultural, socioeconomic, and interpersonal barriers? From as far back as the […]

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