Esperanca, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ   |  www.esperanca.org

Mission

Esperanca's mission is to improve health and provide hope for families in the poorest communities of the world through sustainable disease prevention, education and treatment.

Ruling year info

1970

CEO

Mrs. Jeri Royce

Main address

1911 W Earll Dr

Phoenix, AZ 85015 USA

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EIN

23-7087997

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Disease Prevention, Education & Training

Esperança works to prevent and treat malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, cholera, Chagas disease and other illnesses that plague families living in developing countries. Since 2002, Esperança has put additional effort into combating Chagas disease, which leads to organ damage when left untreated. It is spread through insects that thrive in Latin America and Caribbean homes with thatched roofs and mud walls. Chagas infection rates in some regions are as high as 80%. Effective, low-cost solutions are available, and we emphasize preventative education, diagnosis and treatment.

Countless villagers around the globe have suffered devastating effects from easily preventable diseases, because they had no way to receive basic health messages or access health care. A longstanding way to reach residents of the developing world is called the promotora model. It involves identifying community leaders and training them in strategies for disease prevention. They then train other members of their community establishing practices that improve the health of the entire neighborhood. At each project site, Esperança identifies leaders who are willing to volunteer as health promoters. To date, thousands have been trained and are making their communities healthier.

Esperança recognizes that there are communities in the United States that struggle daily with unmet health needs. In 2000 we began providing health education, including oral health, nutrition and fitness information for the entire family, basic medical screenings, health referrals and capacity-building initiatives in communities in Phoenix, Arizona. We take pride in being part of the effort here in the U.S. to make our own communities healthier.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

Of all the work Esperança conducts, none has more dramatic effect than the surgeries performed through our medical missions. The majority of our medical volunteers are general surgeons who conduct operations that significantly improve quality of life for our patients, and in some cases are life-saving. Volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses come from all over the U.S.,procuring medical supplies for their mission and paying for their own airfare. Each team travels for approximately 10 days and accomplishes between 40 and 50 surgeries. When our local personnel are not preparing for a surgical mission or administering one, they are processing donated medical goods and equipment sent to them from Esperança. A shipment of donated medical goods is typically worth an estimated value of $2 million.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

In the developing world, unsafe water conditions and a lack of basic sanitation can cause up to 80% of diseases. Most water sources are contaminated as they are used not only for drinking and cooking but for bathing, laundry, irrigation and waste disposal as well. Waterborne illnesses, such as cholera, have devastating consequences for poor families, with children being the most vulnerable. Delivering clean water and improved sanitation is a major focus of Esperança’s work. We build community wells, water systems and latrines in every region we serve using local materials. Each benefiting family participates in the construction process, providing all of the labor and taking true ownership of their new water sources.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Adequate nutrition is critical to maintaining health. Malnutrition increases both the risk of contracting disease and the severity of any illness. Esperança is investing in food-related micro business opportunities for poor families. We provide livestock like pigs and chickens or seed crops like quinoa and the relevant training to ensure success. Families gain a stable source of food, immediately improving their nutrition. Profits from selling excess milk, eggs, grain and other crops can be used to further improve the family’s health such as replacing mud walls, continuing their child’s education, or gaining access to clean water.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Millions in the developing world live in homes constructed of nothing more than cardboard, mud, sticks, and various discarded materials. Mud walls and thatched roofs also provide homes for disease-bearing insects. Cooking is often done over an open fire, resulting in harmful respiratory infections for the family and causes accidents and severe burns – especially for children. Since 1970, Esperanca has constructed thousands of new homes around the world. A typical home costs just a few thousand dollars and consists of two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen, bathroom and storage. We select families who have the greatest need. We provide the materials, training and oversight to complete each home.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Four Star Charity 2018

Charity Navigator

Seal of Excellence 2012

Independent Charities of America

GuideStar Exchange Valued Partner-Partners in Trust 2018

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Platinum Rating 2018

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The Outstanding Non-Profit Diversity Award 2017

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Disease Prevention, Education & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Multi-faceted disease prevention programs and health education programs in the Phoenix area targeting under-served communities.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Volunteer Surgical Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Esperanca Surgical Program currently operates in Nicaragua and Peru. (*Results from 2019 and forward includes operations in Ecuador; and primary, dental, and pediatrics brigades in Nicaragua.)

Number of community members who have been impacted by Community Development Projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community Development projects include Nutrition & Food Security, Home Building & Improvement, and Clean Water & Sanitation. We operate in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, and Mozambique.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since our founding in 1970, Esperança has strived to impact the lives of the underserved. Focusing on the areas of food security, clean water, housing improvement, health education, and disease prevention, Esperança aims to empower communities by creating sustainable, quality of life improvements. We have found it most effective to provide people with tools to have a positive impact on their lives, because we believe our work is most effective partnering with communities in a collaborative effort to have a positive impact on health. We provide communities with resources and information that will allow them to change their own lives. In turn, our partner communities choose their own priorities thereby ensuring self-determination. Esperança currently partners with non-governmental organizations in Bolivia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, and Phoenix, AZ. Internationally, surgeons travel to volunteer their time in medical missions to train local staff; communities take charge of construction tasks when we partner to build homes and water systems; agricultural projects utilize local farmers; in Phoenix and internationally, members of the community conduct health prevention education. This model translates into communities being transformed by promoting and teaching lasting change.

Esperança seeks to improve health outcomes by implementing a variety of initiatives across our seven sites, currently consisting of, Bolivia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, and Phoenix. We create partnerships with locally run non-governmental organizations that are based in the countries and communities with work with. In doing this, we are able to create sustainable change empowering those in the community. Our partners are responsible for deciding their priorities annually which determine the direction of heath and development projects. In addition, Esperança incorporates its partners’ strategic plans into our own. Since our inception, our surgical teams have conducted more than 16,000 surgeries in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Our volunteer doctors are able to create sustainable change by training local medical staff providing them with the tools to continue care for patients seen, in addition to imparting knowledge to local doctors and staff that allow them to conduct future surgeries on their own. In Peru, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Mozambique, our local partners are building or improving water systems to improve access to clean water and sanitation in a variety of ways, such as installing wells for drinking water and building latrines. Our annual shipment to our partners in Nicaragua provides them with 1.8 million dollars’ worth of donated medical supplies. The international food security and nutrition programs provide community members with the necessary training to plant and cultivate crops to improve peoples’ diets and provide additional income for families in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mozambique and Peru. Disease prevention and treatment is a critical tool to improving health both in our international sites, and in cooperation with our local partners in Phoenix, AZ. Obesity and oral health are national issues that are affecting underserved communities at alarming rates. Community educators are key to implementing our evidence-based curricula for families in the underserved communities of Phoenix. Community educators are used in our international sites as a way to provide individuals with the tools to avoid preventable illnesses such as Chagas, malaria, cholera, HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases and maternal and infant health internationally and oral health and obesity prevention in the USA.

Esperança is uniquely positioned to work with a number of countries and communities. Since 1970, we have operated in fourteen countries, giving us the expertise necessary to carry out our current work and prepare for future projects. Our model identifies locally run community partners who have a clear understanding of their community’s needs, and with our assistance, they are able to effectively implement projects for the most vulnerable communities. In addition, our model of partnering with a variety of community organizations allows us to think both strategically and innovatively about the delivery of services and the development of new projects. We continually seek out new partnerships to strengthen our services and explore the development of new projects that will transform lives. International and domestic staff bring a wide background of expertise, including the delivery of culturally appropriate education, a critical tool in effectively communicating with the communities we serve. For our international and domestic programs we have formed partnerships with a number of organizations including the Parson’s Murphy Pediatric Dental Clinic, Mission of Mercy, Arizona State University, Mayo Clinic, Maricopa Community Colleges, Project Cure, Desert Mission, Stryker Sustainability Solutions, Hospital Victoria Motta, Westech Recyclers, City of Phoenix, local health departments, and a number of elementary school districts. These partnerships allow us to form collaborations insuring optimal delivery of services. Esperança has been in operation for more than 44 years proving that we utilize a sustainable model for the delivery of services. Our annual operating budget comes from diverse sources including grants, private donations, and gains on our endowment.

Esperança is planning to expand its programming to further impact communities in need. Domestically, we are exploring the development of multi-layered classes for adults building on our current curriculum that will focus on preparing culturally appropriate meals to include physical activity and community gardening, in order to better address issues of nutrition and obesity. Our domestic program is also looking to offer its services to additional communities, including expansion in communities currently served, to better address the obesity epidemic in young, underserved children. Oral health education is an integral part of the overall health of the communities we serve. We are exploring the expansion of our education to extended areas of Phoenix. Internationally, we hope to develop deeper partnerships with our current partners where we have made significant strides in tackling health issues, to further the reach to other communities not currently being served.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In our Phoenix program, we are constantly making changes to the nutrition curriculum to better serve our participants. In each new program, the feedback from the previous program is applied. Participants expressed that they wanted to see and learn more about physical activity exercises in each class, and to learn more culturally appropriate recipes to take home and different snacking options.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Esperanca, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Mistie Weishaar

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Term: 2020 - 2023


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Mrs. Elizabeth Greene

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Mistie Hague-Weishaar

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Martin Johnson

Plastic Surgeon, Mayo Clinic

Robert Clarke

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Jason Paltzer

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Baylor University

Anthony Smith

Mayo Clinic

Brandt Feuerstein

General Surgeon, The Vein Center at Eden Hill

David Bradley

CFO, STYR Labs

Amil Kekic

Sr. Director for Consumer Imaginarium, Banner Health

David Schlinkert

Policy Analyst, Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University

Elizabeth Greene

Director of Global Learning & Development, ON Semiconductor

Monica Ryden

Employment Attorney, Jackson Lewis

Ylenia Aguilar

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Silvia Alvarez

Associate Director, International and Domestic Communications, MLB Player's Association

Concepcion Gallegos Henderson

SBA Lending Professional, Metro Phoenix Bank

Mary Holman

Vice President and Director of Private Banking, National Bank of Arizona

Darryn Jones

Senior Business Development Manager, Mortenson

David Newstone

Public Interest Attorney

James Patterson

Director of Global Architecture, Freeport-McMoRan

Raymond Sachs

Orthopedic Surgeon

Rachel Villanueva

Account Manager, 3M

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.