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Faces of Nicaragua

Volunteer Spotlight – Felicia Lindstrom

For Felicia Lindstrom, a passion for serving others in the healthcare field was sparked very early in life. “I was in junior high when my grandmother lost her leg to gangrene from diabetes, and she had to go get fitted for a prosthetic. So I went with her to the […]

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Clean Water is Flowing in El Sarayal, Nicaragua

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

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A Weight Has Been Lifted

The political situation in Nicaragua has made it difficult, if not impossible, to send Esperança’s volunteer surgeons as we have in the past. That being said, the need has not diminished. Countless lives still depend on the surgical intervention we offer for procedures they would never have access to on […]

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World Water Day

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 […]

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International Program Updates

By Anna Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director
In the past year, Esperança’s surgical program has undergone tremendous change. The rise of the political crisis in Nicaragua last April challenged the sustainability of our longest standing surgical program at that time. It forced us to take a step back and acknowledge

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The Gift of Entrepreneurial Spirit

Avimileth is a 16 year-old girl living in the Community of La Concordia in Nicaragua. From a very young age, Avimileth has worked in the fields, cultivating corn and beans alongside her father and three sisters. She is also in her third year of high school, studying efficient technologies. Avimileth

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Esperança Launches Pediatrics Brigade Program in Nicaragua

In July of 2018, Esperança began sending medical brigades from our office in Nicaragua to serve rural communities in need of primary care. Due to the political climate in the country, Esperança’s surgical missions were temporarily put on hold. However, this new brigade program allows us to serve a completely

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Nicaragua October Brigades Report

Report by Adriana Farquharson, International Program Coordinator
Since Esperança began sending primary care brigades to rural communities in Nicaragua this July, our team has changed countless lives by providing primary medical care and dental services. Read our October report below to find out more:
Primary Care Brigades October 2018
 

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A Friend in Need

Rosario Castro Talavera was born in Jinotega, Nicaragua. She is 54 years old; a wife and mother.  Rosario has been a volunteer with Esperança’s Nicaraguan partner, AVODEC, on a few agricultural projects, but never had a need for our medical services until recently. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with

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