Faces of Nicaragua

Investing in Clean Water Globally

Lack of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene contributes significantly to the global burden of disease.    To combat unsafe water, there are two broad categories of water systems, centralized and decentralized.  Centralized Centralized systems provide water delivery and sanitation infrastructure and include a central water treatment facility with safe, piped water […]

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After 40 years, Dominga is Safe in Retirement

Perhaps one of the most basic needs is to live in a safe and secure home. Unfortunately, most recent numbers from Habitat for Humanity estimated that 1.6 billion people around the world live in “inadequate shelter”. But what does that mean? What does it look like? What are the contributing […]

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Ensuring Community-Centered Medical Donations

Community-Centered Care The core of Esperança’s programs is centered around community 100% of the time, and as such we must adapt as community needs change. This not only applies to Esperança’s health education classes or surgical trips but the medical supply donation program as well. Esperança acts as a bridge […]

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In Pain and Out of Sight for 40 Years, Hector is Now Embracing Life

Hector is a 51-year-old member of the Kaskita Community in rural Nicaragua. He is one of 1,472 inhabitants and a proud father of six children.Hector has also long suffered from multiple gunshot wounds during his time in the Nicaraguan army, resulting in a missing eye, extreme rotator cuff pain, and […]

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A Dire Need for a Dentist

Not many of us can say we like going to the dentist. Then there are those Esperança serves in Nicaragua who travel for miles across jungle and ravine for the chance to find relief in that orthodontic chair. Poverty is hard on teeth. Malnutrition robs them of the nutrients and […]

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Impact of Clean Water on Education

Submitted by Anna Carolina Ortiz, MPH, Global Health & Development Director Clean water means more children in school. Period.  The statistics are staggering. 31% of schools worldwide lack safe water and adequate sanitation Water-related illnesses lead to 443 million missed school days each year Women and girls spend 200 million […]

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Simón’s Story | Clean Water & Sanitation in Nicaragua

Simón was doing his best. Since his wife died 10 years ago, he’s been a single dad. Living in poverty — in the remote Nicaraguan town of Piedra Colorado, or “Red Stone” — Simón was determined to be self-sufficient, to provide for himself and his children. He started a small […]

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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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The Importance of Reducing Medical Supply Waste

Did you know that 15% of medical waste is hazardous in some way? This means that 15% of medical waste is toxic, radioactive, infectious or harmful to humans or the environment. Consider that all countries around the world create 0.2-0.5 kg of medical waste per hospital bed per day, there is […]

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