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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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Preventing Developmental Disabilities in Bolivia

Preventing Developmental Disabilities in Bolivia

Luz Paola Solano is a stay-at-home mom dedicated to raising her three children and taking care of the housework, though her home looks a little different than what most of us would picture…The Solano family lives in the Japón neighborhood, a well-known slum in Bolivia. A new settlement, the residents […]

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Leonel’s Battle with Chronic Malnutrition

Leonel’s Battle with Chronic Malnutrition

According to UNICEF numbers from 2019, nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition; undernutrition puts children at greater risk of dying from common infections, increases the frequency and severity of such infections, and delays recovery.Leonel was almost a part of this statistic.Six months ago, […]

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COVID-19 Diaries: Delina, a Bolivian Farmer

COVID-19 Diaries: Delina, a Bolivian Farmer

My family is made up of my husband, Imar Gutierrez, 32, my daughter Abigail Melina, 14, and my son Juan Emanuel, 9. We live and work in the community of San Mateo, a place located in the Cercado province of the department of Tarija in Bolivia; here the land is […]

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