Celebrate “Giving Tuesday” by donating to Esperanza – Hope For The Children, Inc. which offers hope and changes lives… one child at a time.
100% of your donation provides direct assistance.Tax receipts will be provided.
Thank you for your continued support in helping others in need.
Donations may be mailed to:
Esperanza – Hope for the Children, Inc.
43 Peter Bulkeley Road
Concord, MA 01742
Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc., would like to extend our appreciation to the Lawrence Academy community for your recent donation of clothing, school supplies, toiletries, over the counter medications, and craft supplies to our non-profit organization. We are especially grateful to your Community Service Club for endorsing this project and for the two student volunteers, Jillian Clymer and Elizabeth Morrison, who spearheaded the collection.
Honduras has never been in greater need of assistance. We recently returned from a three week visit to the village of Flores and found their health center (Centro de Salud) in dire need of medications and supplies. The donations from Lawrence Academy included pain relievers, cough medicine, band aids, gauze dressings, anti-fungal and antibiotic creams which were all greatly appreciated, and essential in providing treatment.
Students were thrilled to receive pens, colored pencils, crayons and rulers. Often times families can’t afford these materials and therefore their children can’t attend school.
Esperanza would like to offer our thanks to each and everyone of you who enable us in helping one child at a time. Happy Thanksgiving!
Three weeks from now we will be in Flores, Honduras. As the time draws closer, we are actively soliciting donations from others including medications, dental supplies, school supplies, clothing and footwear.
I cannot adequately express the feeling I receive from other people’s generosity. Individuals and organizations who abundantly give to others in need, despite the fact they will never be able to personally meet them. Perhaps they are following the advice of John Bunyan who once said, “you have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
One recent Friday afternoon the UPS truck arrived to our home. It’s always fun to see the truck pull into the driveway with a delivery but this drop off was huge. Several large boxes containing over $31,000 of free medication arrived from Brother’s Brother Foundation. It was as though Christmas had arrived early and excitedly I unpacked everything to reduce the extra packaging and minimize the weight in our luggage. My thoughts rushed back and forth between this wonderful organization who has supported Esperanza (and countless other nonprofits) over the years, and our Honduran neighbors and local health center that will benefit from their gifts.
Last week a friend from church who is an executive at Staples presented us with their yearly donation of school supplies. Once again, that energizing feeling returned as I thought “there are so many caring people in this world.” I look forward to seeing the children’s faces as they open up a brand new box of crayons or colored pencils. Not only will they treasure their new school supplies, they will also be reminded that people living far away from them, care.
Yesterday, the delivery truck was back once again. This time a box from Global Grins had arrived containing 100 toothbrushes. Our local dentist has kept us well stocked with toothpaste for many years but we are often in need of toothbrushes, and this organization came through just in time! In Honduras, very few have the opportunity to visit a dentist so prevention is all the more important.
To each and every one who has shared your own generosity, we thank you all.
Earlier this year I had written about a young man named “Denis” who was suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Tom and I had been introduced to him last November and he was gravely ill at the time. GBS is a disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your peripheral nervous system. It’s a rare disease which affects only 1-2 people in 100,000.
Prior to the onset of his illness, Denis was a healthy young man and avid soccer player. When he began exhibiting signs of tingling and weakness in his lower body and then life threatening complications of difficulty breathing and swallowing, he was hospitalized in Tegucigalpa.
Denis’ health was rapidly declining…the numbness and pain spread throughout his body. The doctors needed to perform a tracheostomy to lessen the work of breathing because his respiratory muscles were so weak. They also had to insert a feeding tube because he was unable to swallow.
Following his hospitalization, he returned home to his devoted mother and large support system of family and friends. Denis remained dependent on oxygen and required expensive medication. Although the family managed to raise some money, they fell short and turned to Esperanza for financial support.
Nine months past before I returned to see Denis and was thrilled to witness the improvement he had made! No longer was he lying in bed; he happily greeted me riding his bicycle! Denis continues with physical therapy, taking vitamins and actively trying to gain weight.
Although he isn’t back on the soccer field yet, I told him I expected to see him there when we return this fall. Best of luck with your continued recovery.
This summer two of Esperanza’s ongoing medical patients, 11 year old Noel and 8 year old Astrid had the opportunity to be with us for 6 weeks. There is a great deal of coordination and efforts made by many people to allow these children to receive the necessary care.
The first step is arranging their medical appointments with Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. For the past 7 years, The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation has generously provided financial support which paid for Noel’s open heart surgery and all the follow up care and evaluations. He is currently living without a valve and is closely monitored for change in symptoms which would indicate the need for another operation. Astrid has been receiving free care from Shriners Hospital since she was 2 years old. She was born with ”lipomeningocele” which is a condition involving the spinal cord that required an operation to resect and detether it. She has also been operated on multiple times on her left “cavus” foot. This summer, she was suffering from pain on the dorsom of her right foot and was fit for an “ankle-foot orthosis” (brace) which she will need to wear every day, and it is recommended she be seen in 6 months.
Ana Hernandez spent countless hours working with their families to obtain a new visa for Astrid and helping them to obtain the necessary legal documents for the children to leave the country. She also coordinated their transportation to the airport and assisted with the Imigration official and airline ambassador. Ana’s expertise has benefited so many of Esperanza’s patients.
Wayne Lee from American Airlines International Children’s Medical Escort Program arranged the scheduling for 2 volunteers, Cynthia Banker and Paula Rushworth, who escorted the children from Tegucigalpa, Honduras to Miami, FL and then onto Boston, MA.
We’re thankful for the ongoing support from Pilgrim Congregational Church in Lexington, MA and Nancy and Charlie Morrison of Concord, MA. They paid for the airline tickets to make this trip possible.
Lastly, to all our family and friends who have welcomed Noel and Astrid into your own lives, we are forever grateful for your love, involvement and support.
Dr. Tom and Emily Collins first traveled to Honduras in February 2001 with a group from their church, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, in Lexington, MA. They returned to volunteer the following year in a village called Flores, with two other churches (St. Brigids and Sacred Heart) from Lexington, MA. They felt a strong bond with this village and were committed to making a difference for the approximate 6,000 residents.
Tom and Emily continued returning to Flores each year and began focusing their efforts on improving medical and educational opportunities. Their church continued to offer generous financial assistance, but they saw limitless possibilities if they could raise more funds.
Thankfully, in January 2006, Bob Kimball Esq. stepped in to provide his professional expertise in establishing Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc. as a 501 (c) (3) corporation. Bob’s dedication has enabled Esperanza to grow over the past seven years and as a result, countless children’s lives have been significantly improved.
Not only has Bob provided all of the legal work free of charge, he has also been directly involved with the patients who have traveled to Boston for medical treatment. The children affectionately call him “Tio (Uncle) Bob”, and one child included him in a school project which asked the children to create a picture book of their family members.
Esperanza appreciates all of Bob’s involvement over the years…we wouldn’t be here without him!
Recently, we returned from 18 days in Honduras. During our stay, we were introduced to new patients including a young woman, “Katherine”, who visited us with her foster mother. She had moved from her home because her mother suffers from severe mental illness and it was an unhealthy environment. Katherine’s symptoms included severe headaches, blurred vision and a deep fear “she was going crazy.” Tom took a medical history, did an eye exam and spoke with a neurologist we had recently met in Comayagua. He arranged for an appointment the next day, and also found a trustworthy place to perform a CT scan.
Thankfully, the neurologist agreed with Tom’s initial assessment, Katherine was suffering from migranes, and although they can be incapacitating, it wasn’t what she truly feared, or anything life threatening. The day after Katherine’s medical exams were completed, we received the letter below which was kindly translated by Esperanza supporter, Ursula Millard.
Dear Doctor and his Wife,
I am very grateful for what you have done for me. I cannot pay for it, but I know that God will bless you wherever you go because you do something very special. Thank you, thank you, and thank you very much. I know that God brought you to my life, and you have been such a blessing. I wish you the best always. I will always remember you. You are people with a great heart and I know that God will always be with you and will make you stronger. With the blood of Christ bless you always. Thank you. I appreciate it with all my heart. I love you very much.
If God is with you nothing can harm you.
Do not be afraid nor give up because The Lord is with you.
I love you a lot. I love you a lot.
As we celebrate Easter today, we are reminded of the many blessings in our lives. Receiving Katherine’s letter was quite humbling and once again we realize the gifts we receive from others far outweighs the efforts we make.