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Emmanuel’s Remarkable Story

Emmanuel lives with his mother and extended family in a tiny home in the former refugee community of Nueva Vida. He was born with a congenital deformity in his upper and lower limbs. When we first met Emmanuel on the steps of our dental clinic in 2012, he was just three years old. We learned he had once received a pair of leg braces from a visiting surgeon to the public hospital in Managua. However, when the surgeon left the program at the hospital ended.

ORPHANetwork Medical Director, Dr. Janice Hebbert, has helped this family throughout their journey. She remarks, “it has been a great blessing to be able to continue to help this young boy; to be a witness of God’s love and his power through science.”Ā 

Today, Emmanuel is eight years old and has been through eight surgeries – six on his hands and two on his legs and tons of physical therapy. The leg braces he was recently fitted with are expected to correct the curvature of his legs within two years! We are honored to create new opportunities for life for Emmanuel, his mother and each of the 22,000 children we serve.

Click here to see additional medical success stories of our children and stay tuned to our emails for another incredible medical story coming soon.

Transition Students Experience Life in the United States

This month, two rising stars from our Transition Program were selected to visit the U.S. The goal was to honor them for their achievements thus far and also inspire them to continue to put in the hard work that it takes to achieve their dreams and break the cycle of poverty.

The Global Leadership Summit is a world-class experience Jazmina and Niccol will not soon forget. They were both blown away with their “Summit” experience and the level of excellence that Willow Creek executes this event.

Niccol, a college student interested in becoming a surgeon, and Jazmina, a psychology major, were provided a personal tour of the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital just outside of Chicago. The hospital is one of the most modern in the area. The tour was led by ORPHANetwork supporter, Dr. Hythem Shadid, and it exposed the girls to the advancements in medicine and technology in the developed world.

Photos from the Mission 14 Sewing Training Center

Our jobs skills training program with Mission 14, empowers students from our Local Church Initiatives to gain in-demand sewing skills. Textiles at the top export in Nicaragua and our students are learning this trade which opens the door to employment.

“Today there are eleven people with a job and a salary to provide for their families who are taking the first steps to break the cycle of poverty.” – Fabricio Mercado, Mission 14

You can provide training for 3 students for just over $1,000. Consider launching a peer-to-peer fundraiser to provide training for our next class!

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