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International Day of Families is May 15th – here’s how you can observe

Submitted by: Jazmin Hernandez, Community Health Educator The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The United Nations recognizes the family as the basic “unit” of society, although families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades in terms of their […]

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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

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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Earth Day 2020 – For People and Planet

By Jazmin Hernandez, Community Health Educator The solar system reminds us that, just as the Earth is not at the center of the Universe, neither are we humans the center of the Earth. We, along with the rest of the natural world, are all interconnected within the larger web of […]

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Esperança is Bringing Pediatric Services to Rural Communities

Marcos Yadier Rocha Palacio is two months old and is the newest child of his family, who lives in La Rinconada de la Concordia, Nicaragua. In March, his mother brought him to Esperança’s monthly primary care brigade, implemented by local partner, AVODEC, for his first consultation with a pediatrician.Marcos’s mother […]

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The Walk for Water is Over for the Families of Aguas Riojas, Nicaragua

The community of Aguas Rojas is in the foothills of Cerro Kilambe, a beautiful, lush jungle reserve, 70 miles from the nearest city of Jinotega, Nicaragua. Esperança began work with local Nicaraguan partner, AVODEC, in 2019 to bring fresh, clean water to this community of 130 low-income families. One of […]

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World Water Day (March 22nd): How to Get Involved and Raise Awareness

Do you consider yourself an environmentalist? Are you concerned about the future of the planet, and how we’ll handle the protection of natural resources? Do you want to do something that can make a difference for generations to come? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, mark […]

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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

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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