$200,000 Matching Gift Challenge
The year-end matching gift challenge is now in effect! Every dollar that we receive between now and December 31st, 2020 up to $200,000 will be doubled by an anonymous donor. This money will be used to fund the work of our 2 free medical clinics in Sucre and Santa Cruz, Bolivia in the year 2021. Your tax-deductible gift can be mailed to Mission of Hope, Bolivia, P.O. Box 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or you can donate online.
Stories from Santa Cruz
In July of this year, our Mission of Hope clinic in Santa Cruz, Bolivia celebrated 18 years of providing free medical care and medicines to patients like these…
Jesus Emanuel is 12 months old. His family is very poor. He lives with his mother, brother, aunt, cousins, and grandparents all together in one house with no indoor plumbing and a dirt floor. The grandfather supports the family by driving a taxi. There is barely enough money for food. So, when Jesus Emanuel began having diarrhea and vomiting on a Saturday morning, there was no money to take him to a doctor or even fill a prescription.
The grandmother had heard about Mission of Hope from a neighbor. So, early Monday morning, as soon as the clinic opened, Jesus Emanuel and his mother were standing outside, waiting to come in and see the pediatrician. They were given medicines and vitamins at no charge. In talking with the mother, we learned that the family is so poor that they rarely have money to buy milk for Jesus Emanuel. So, when he came back for his follow-up appointment, the clinic gave his mother a good supply of powdered milk completely free. He is now a healthy, happy baby! Continue reading
Stories from Sucre
In February of this year, our Mission of Hope clinic high in the mountains of Sucre, Bolivia celebrated 7 years of providing free medical care and medicines to the Quechua Indian community there. The poverty in this community is extreme. There is no public transportation and most of the
patients arrive at the clinic on foot, some having walked a very long distance.
Basilia is a 69 year old lady who was one of the first patients
to come to our clinic. Basilia lives within walking distance from our clinic and heard from her neighbors that a medical clinic was being built in the neighborhood! So, she came on opening day and has been coming for medical care ever since!
When the Covid-19 pandemic first hit Bolivia, our clinic had to close for a period of time. During this time of closure, Basilia developed a urinary tract infection. She went to various health clinics in other locations, but no one would see her because of her “advanced age” and because they were only seeing patients with symptoms of Covid-19. She even went to a hospital in Sucre but they refused to see her. As soon as she found out the Mission of Hope clinic had reopened, she immediately came and received treatment for her infection. She is so grateful for the care she received! Continue reading
Mission of Hope Video
Nick Sharples, a video photographer, produced a wonderful 7 minute video, which you can watch by going to the home page of our web site. The video is narrated by Cindy Thacker, founder and director of Mission of Hope.