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Government Corruption Keeps Bolivian Town From Their Water Supply

Government Corruption Keeps Bolivian Town From Their Water Supply

You would think that a community located next to a dam would have all the water they would ever need. And when the government stepped in to dam the river near the small farming community of Huacata, Bolivia, that’s what was promised – safe drinking water for everyone, piped into […]

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About | World Soil Day, December 5th

About | World Soil Day, December 5th

Submitted by Tatumn Zale, Development Associate The 5th of December is World Soil Day. Soil is the ultimate life supply for healthy food, ecology, and a healthy planet as a whole! This day is marked each year to commemorate the birthday of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning king. King Adulyadej […]

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Women-Owned Business Earns Legal Status in Bolivia

Women-Owned Business Earns Legal Status in Bolivia

Leonor lives in rural Bolivia, in the small town of Padcaya, some 30 miles from the nearest city. Money and food were scarce — but Leonor was determined to feed her family, and help her neighbors.So she began doing what she knew how to do. She made tortillas, tamales and […]

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Health Education: Getting this Father Back on His Feet

Health Education: Getting this Father Back on His Feet

Jose, or “J.B.” as he is known to family and friends, is a janitor for a building in Tarija, Bolivia. With a friendly demeanor and outlook on life, he is beloved by the entire community. Unfortunately, like many in Tarija, J.B. was threatened by inter-generational poor health. “For my work, […]

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A Mother’s Relief, A Son Saved

A Mother’s Relief, A Son Saved

Two years ago, Cristina began to notice a change in her son Rodrigo’s behavior. It was hard to ignore the outbursts at home and his sudden alarming choices in local gang members as friends – Tarija, Bolivia where they live is notorious for.When COVID-19 hit and shut down her business, […]

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Food Security Doesn’t Always Equal Nutrition

Food Security Doesn’t Always Equal Nutrition

One in eight households in the United States is food insecure. That means that over 40 million people do not have access to enough food. Globally, there are over 2 billion people struggling with food security. Many of these individuals and families don’t access to enough food. But for some, the issue is not […]

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National Doctor’s Day & How to Celebrate

National Doctor’s Day & How to Celebrate

Now more than ever, our world is looking to the strength and guidance of its physicians. Frontline health workers have been stretched thin and risk their own lives daily to ensure our communities are being vaccinated safely. Esperança has relied on the generosity of physicians for the past 51 years, […]

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What Is Sustainable Community Development?

What Is Sustainable Community Development?

No matter where we live in the world, we all have one thing in common – we all want our community to be sustainable and thrive.You may have heard the term “sustainable community” before, but what does it mean? How can a community in which people live, work, and play, […]

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Battling the “Silent Death” in Bolivia

Battling the “Silent Death” in Bolivia

Obesity is a major problem in the world, in the city of Tarija more than 5% of the population suffers from it and it is on the rise, especially in children. Unfortunately, it is not a priority because people with chronic disease do not die immediately, but live a poor […]

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Esperança Fills the Gaps of Crumbling Health Systems in Bolivia

Esperança Fills the Gaps of Crumbling Health Systems in Bolivia

Timotea lives in Bolivia with her three young daughters. Working together, they make a living as street vendors in the urban neighborhood of Tarija. Or they did, before COVID-19 struck their household. “Everyone in my family tested positive. They sent us home and told us not to leave…it was terrible […]

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