Thursday, July 10, 2014

Client Profile: Esperança

I have enjoyed working with Esperança for the past three years.  They are an international nonprofit based in Phoenix.  Since 1970, Esperança has been providing programs to improve the health and well being of the world’s poor.  They provide volunteer surgical missions, health education, training of community health workers, home building, clean water projects, food-related micro business, agricultural development, oral health education, and send donated medical equipment and supplies to project sites around the world. Esperança’s goal is to improve health and provide hope for families in the poorest  communities of the world through sustainable disease prevention, education and treatment.

Esperança is holding a summer drive to collect surgical equipment for its international programs and hygiene supplies for its domestic programs. This fall, Esperança will send an entire sea shipment container full of donated medical goods to their partners in Central and South America for use in their clinics and hospitals.  They accept both expired and non-expired materials and supplies. However, they are not able to accept medications or liquids of any sort (i.e. saline, iodine solution, ointments, pre-filled syringes, etc.)

They are also collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, dental floss, lotion for its domestic program that helps low-income and underserved families in South Phoenix.

Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Esperança’s office, located at 1911 W. Earll Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85015 or you can call Anna Ortiz, Surgical Program Coordinator at 602-252-7772 Ext. 114 to arrange pick-up.

For a complete list of medical items they are seeking, visit