Two hours northeast of the capital of Nicaragua lies the small but prominent city of Boaco. It’s known as “Ciudad de Dos Pisos” (The Two-Story City), due to its never-ending hills and inclines. The city itself houses approximately 19,000 people. The Boaco Regional Hospital sits on the outskirts of the city and does its best to serve the needs of Boaco and the surrounding region. But as the unrest in Nicaragua continues to grow, so do the shortages in medical supplies. In this city that serves a population of greater than 57,000 people, more and more men, women and children are going without essential medical care. This is where Esperança and friends like you stepped in to give them hope.
This July, Esperança staff and volunteers packed a 40-foot container with $1.1 million worth of medical supplies and equipment. Anesthesia machines, wheelchairs, EKG machines, and hundreds of boxes of medical supplies were packed into every square inch before it shipped out. The cost to ship the container from our office in Phoenix to port in Nicaragua was $11,500. When you consider that $11,500 provided hospitals like Boaco Regional with $1.1 million worth of medical supplies – that means every dollar you gave provided $96 worth of hope! Thanks to our partner hospitals, clinics, and individual donors, the Boaco Regional Hospital received more than one hundred boxes of critically needed medical and surgical supplies. After a 6-week journey, the shipment of $1.1 million worth of medical supplies and hope is on its way!
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Learn more about the recipients of these donations on our blog.