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About Wayne Centrone
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Rosa* was four months pregnant, working full time, and caring for her almost 2-year-old son, Dario*, who was diagnosed with anemia. Unfortunately, Dario didn’t like the taste of the iron sulfate he had to take. He would spit it out and lose his appetite during meals. When Rosa saw a local church announcement about an […]
As a midwife in Cerro de Pasco, Perú, Catherine’s proudest moments are the minutes after successfully resuscitating newborns. Infant fatalities are a grim reality in the delivery room, but she has saved many newborns and is determined to save more. “Neonatal resuscitation is a precise and time-pressured practice. Without the highest standards of training, the […]
At 24, Elizabeth* gave birth to her third child prematurely. Her baby was diagnosed with a rare, inborn metabolic disorder that causes weak muscular development and failure to thrive. Her quick-thinking doctors worked out a plan to transport Elizabeth to Lima, where her baby can receive life-saving support. Coming from a rural area, Elizabeth had […]
Juancito* is a playful boy who likes helping others. The Casa Girasoles staff love his infectious energy and eagerness to help sweep, mop, and clean the home, even if it takes him a little longer than the older boys. But this wasn’t always the case. When Juancito was introduced to HBI by child protective services, […]
Content warning: The following story discusses the challenging realities of our work among children, youth, and young adults in Perú. Our team is well acquainted with challenges and how to rise above them, but this does not exempt us from experiencing heartbreak. When we heard news that Manny*, one of the boys from Comunidad Girasoles […]
Training health professionals in neonatal resuscitation continues to help save newborn lives in Perú. We share the success story of one nurse and HBI’s journey to support health professionals like her: It was November 2019 when Lic. Catherine Tejada Aguirre was in Pasco, holding a newborn in her arms. The baby was in a poor […]
Being back with our team and visiting with the staff and boys at the Casa Girasoles – this whole experience is a huge gift. Today we took the boys for a 4 hour hike. It was hard. They did awesome. This afternoon we continued our discussion with the program directors. We’ve been meeting in a […]
I am back in Lima. I arrived late last night. In all my years of travel in the many trips I’ve taken to-and-from Perú, the excitement and energy I feel when I arrive are the same. I am giddy. Perhaps even more so – given the months of uncertainty and travel restrictions in the face […]
Who said this work is supposed to be easy? There is nothing easy about working with communities, local change agents, and on-the-ground providers to build the pathways to the futures they desire . . . and deserve. There is nothing easy – but it is so vital. This work, walking alongside local leaders – it’s […]