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Arming Parents in the Battle Against Malnutrition | Bolivia

Arming Parents in the Battle Against Malnutrition | Bolivia

Chronic Malnutrition in Rural BoliviaIn Bolivia, 16% of children under the age of 5 struggle with chronic malnutrition, a condition that develops when they do not eat the correct balance of nutrients in the first 1,000 days of life. Both brain and body growth failure can occur, also called “stunted […]

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Spreading Healthy Smiles in Bolivia

Spreading Healthy Smiles in Bolivia

Isolation isn’t beneficial to anyone’s health, much less our children’s. When the coronavirus caused much of the world to shelter in place, Bolivia was no exception. That meant for most, regular doctor appointments and healthy eating took a backseat – Emily’s family included. “I failed to address Emily’s dental health […]

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Bolivian Agriculturalist Flourishes | Esperança Microbusiness

Bolivian Agriculturalist Flourishes | Esperança Microbusiness

Lilian Marilu Carvajal Sanchez is the single mother of two grown sons but has been a caretaker all her life. Lilian’s own mother left the family for more opportunities in the big city when she was just a teenager, leaving her to raise her six younger brothers. Since then she […]

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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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