Esperança

Faces of Nicaragua

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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The Power of One

With all the hopelessness in the world, it’s easy to wonder “What can one person really do?” New friend of Esperança, Joe Kemper, will tell you – quite a lot! Last year he joined us on a site visit to see the life-changing hope Esperanca provides first-hand. The experience was

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Esperança Launches Primary Care Brigades in Nicaragua

There are several factors that still prevail in Nicaragua which make it difficult to provide comprehensive care to the low-income population: geographic inaccessibility, absence of nearby health posts, lack of trained professionals, lack of medical supplies and necessary medicines, and a belief rooted in the communities that prevents seeking conventional

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The Ripple Effect

By Reeder Enrique Lanzas, DDS
“My name is Reeder Enrique Lanzas. I was born in Leon, Nicaragua and at age of six moved to the capital, Jinotega. Growing up, my family was always dedicated to service. My mom is a dentist and my dad is a nurse, serving as the Surgical

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