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Hogar de Esperanza: a close-up of our assistant director

As promised, we are continuing to introduce each member of our team of directors. This week we are profiling our assistant director, Teresa Eklund. Originally from Michigan, Teresa has lived and worked in some interesting places around the world. She spent 6 years working in biotechnology as a research scientist for her first career, but then she got the itch to get away from the laboratory and out into the world. She soon found herself in Tanzania working alongside a rural community with the Peace Corps. After receiving a Master of Public Health from Emory University back in the US, her heart once again called her back to East Africa, where she spent another 4 years working in Kenya and Somalia managing emergency health programs for an NGO. Her diverse experiences allow her to bring new ideas and ways of working to Hogar de Esperanza.

As Assistant Director, Teresa works closely with me, taking on many of our daily activities to help shoulder the responsibility of running a rapidly growing foundation. She plans our events, organizes our volunteers, manages our projects and coordinates all of our donations. She and I work closely together, bouncing ideas off one another, and developing promotional pieces to educate the public about the Hogar’s good work. She also writes many of the stories about our patients’ experiences and how we help them. Whether it is responding to a question from a supporter, participating in a food distribution, or brainstorming with the team on initiating a new fundraising activity, Teresa is always there to contribute to the sustainability of the foundation. We even have gotten her to start holding babies (but I haven’t been able to convince her to change diapers yet). We are proud to have Teresa as a member of our team.

If you would like to support our efforts in helping those in greatest need who need medical care, food support or encouragement to rebuild their lives, you can make a donation at: https://www.givingway.com/project/a9af7d. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca