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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, Public Health

Mission: MISSION: Blanca’s House is an organization of volunteers that brings free medical services and healthcare education to communities in Latin America.

Results: From 2008 through 2017, Blanca's house has provided surgical treatment for 5,000 patients. During this time period, donated services has exceeded $20,000,000.00

Target demographics: provide access to quality healthcare to those in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 544 patients

Geographic areas served: Latin America

Programs: providing a variety of medical procedures and surgeries. Blanca’s House has provided the following medical specialties: gynecology, gastrointestinal, plastic surgery, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, dental care and surgery, pediatrics, audiological services, and otolaryngological services. Starting in 2012, Blanca’s House has sponsored three young children who required surgery in the United States. Their three cases all required more extensive care than could be provided in their local communities. Through Blanca’s Kids, we are able to provide free housing and care, while also arranging for them to receive free medical care on Long Island. Following their treatment here, Blanca’s Kids continues to ensure that they receive the continued medical treatment they require in their own countries.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kristen H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past 5 years, I have gone on over a dozen volunteer trips both domestically and internationally. I’ve worked with 4 different organizations, and I can honestly say that Blanca’s House was the most incredible organization that I have worked with thus far. Being a nursing student, this mission was a perfect fit for me. During the week, I was given the humbling opportunity to assist both nurses and surgeons in various operations to improve the quality of life of our Honduran patients. Our surgeries varied from cleft lip and palate repairs, to gall bladder removals, to hernia repairs. While I was there, I was rotating through the different units of the hospital not just observing, but actually learning how to do some of the basic things that our wonderful nurses and surgeons do on a regular basis. This trip didn’t just allow me to dip my toes in the water - it allowed me to dive head-first into what will be my career as a nurse, and for that I am eternally grateful. The trip made me even more passionate about my ultimate goal in life - to save and help as many people as I can through medicine. By the end of the week, we had done 63 procedures, positively impacting 63 lives who desperately needed our help. Being able to be a part of the team who changed these people’s lives in just a week is indescribable. I am beyond excited to work with Blanca’s House again this upcoming January in Ecuador.

1 Zachary A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Blanca's House for the past nine years. I was able to volunteer and take part in one of the first handful of trips and I can confidently say it has changed my life. These missions helped open my eyes to the field of medicine and ultimately led to me to pursue a career as a physician. I have been on eight medical missions with Blanca's House and can say that each comes with its own blessings. I have met so many incredible people from different walks of life all with the same goal of helping those in need. It's truly a powerful experience going on a trip with this organization because from day one, whether you have experience in medicine or not, you are treated as an equal. Our physicians, nurses, and every volunteer in between are top notch and I can only say high praises for everyone. I cannot wait until I become a physician myself so I can dedicate some time to volunteer my services to Blanca's House.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been part of Blanca's House for almost 10 years and have had the opportunity to travel on over 20 missions to Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The organization is exceptional in bringing teams of compassionate medical and non-medical professionals together to improve the quality of life of those who are not fortunate enough to have access to ongoing health care. Each mission is unique, but the outcomes are the same. People who care share their gifts and their heart with the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Blanca's House since 2010 and have participated in 1 or 2 missions a year since. I am never disappointed. It is an amazing charity that provides many necessary services to those who need them the most! Being involved with Blanca's House has provided me with some of the most professionally challenging cases of my career as well as the most rewarding ones. I would encourage all to volunteer with Blanca's House.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Blanca’s House on 3 missions. Best non-profit I’ve encountered. Ive volunteered with other organizations and they do not compare. Blanca’s House is well organized and properly run. Simply THE BEST and changing lives. My life is forever changed.

1 Melissa C.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer at Blanca’s House for almost 2 years and it’s been the greatest experience of my life. The joy you feel when you help so many people is indescribable and the best reward after days of hard work is seeing the smiles on the patients faces.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a med student, one of your main goals is gaining experience through practice. That was the main reason I join this foundation. I thought it was going to be a pattern: going to the foundation, examining patients, translate, repeat; but that was nothing compare to the real experience. Doctors, awesome professionals and amazing people! Everybody makes you feel important. Everybody gets along and the most important thing, help is never decline to the staff and most important to the patients. I've really grown through the experiences this foundation made me live and I'm very proud of sharing my knowledge and life with this new family.

Christian Delgado D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A warmhearted staff that makes you feel like you REALLY ARE part of this small but moving family. USA physicians sweating their work and still putting their souls on every single patient they see. As a local med student and volunteer, working alongside them inspire me to reach for a cause bigger than myself.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They've helped a lot of people and the ones behind this organization are very very nice and sincere in what they do. Believe me, I know.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have made 13 medical mission trips with Blanca's House. It is amazing to see how a few number of people can make such a difference to so many lives. The free medical care provided by Blanca's House is Quality care that would be unavailable to these patients.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from a medical mission to Loja, Ecuador with Blanca's House. You would not believe such a small group of medical professionals could change so many lives in such a small length of time. In just one week they provided 15 needy patients with total knee replacements and 5 needy patients with Thyroid surgery. This team of health care professionals is outstanding.

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Laura C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

As a person who is a new donor, I can tell you that this organization is an authentic charity that cares deeply for the people they serve. I feel blessed to know that a child somewhere sleeps without dental pain thanks to people who care to help ! As a Grandma , blessed that all of my grandchildren have what they need , I find great comfort in trying to help this nonprofit make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Ecuador with a Blanca’s House team in February 2017. This organization is fantastic. It is evident how much they care for the people they are ministering to. They take special care with every detail before, during and after. It was a wonderful experience.

2 Ann L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending 3 dental missions for Blancas house. It has been one of the most revarding experiences in my professional life as a Dental Hygienist. We are all greatfull for everyone's support. With out Blancas house Ecuadors hard work making sure we reach people in great need of dental care. Besides all the work that goes in to gather supply and set up a successful mission , one of the most revarding moments is when you see the impact of our work , and all the beautiful people we connect with that we never would have meet if it wasn't for Blancas House. Blancas house staff make sure we are all save from the time we register for a mission until we get back home . Thank you Blancas house and we are looking forward to many more Dental Missions

2 Ziba Manouchehri Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Blanca’s house for the past 3 years. It has been a wonderful experience helping kids that have no access to dental treatment . One our last mission , we visited a small town ( La Palmela) and took care of more than 300 kids in 4 Days . As a dentist , volunteering in dental missions is the highlight my professional life . Blancas house is wonderful organizing these trips and making these missions possible . The blancas staff in Ecuador are wonderful and very supportive. Looking forward to many more missions

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been on 10 missions so far with Blanca's House and will be going on my 11th next week. Every mission it amazes me to see the dedication our volunteers have whether they are medical or non medical. As a student, these missions have allowed me to obtain a lot of medical experience and knowledge that I wouldn't not be able to get here. I would recommend to any student going into the medical field that they should join us on a mission and help change the lives of so many. It always amazes me how our medical staff takes their own time off from practicing here in the states to go abroad and help change the life's of many in Latin America. Blanca's House is an amazing organization with hardworking and dedicated volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past 6 years I have been a junior volunteer with Blanca's House and have been apart of 3 missions so far. In this short time I have been a part of changing many peoples lives for the better along with the rest of the members of this organization. Whether it be locally here in the U.S., or around the world everyone in this wonderful organization donates their time and their compassion effort to making a difference. Being a part of this organization has sparked a major interest in pursuing a career in the medical field for me and hopefully being able to travel abroad to change the lives of many. I have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great people and see a lot of great things while being a part of Blanca's House, and I look forward to continuing with this organization as well as attending many more missions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Blanca's House was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Galo Burbano is an extraordinary person, and has gathered a phenomenal team of surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses, physical therapists, technologists, volunteers and administrators who are so dedicated to helping underserved populations. It is truly unbelievable to see how much good this organization has done for so many people with so few resources. I volunteered for a mission in Guayaquil and it was highly organized and professionally managed from set-up to breakdown and everything in between. I felt safe the entire time. We were warmly welcomed by Galo's 18 "cousins", and loads of friends and colleauges who have been working with Blanca's House for years. It was a truly wonderful experience providing surgical services and nursing care for this community.

1 Valerie55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with Blanca's House and hundreds of outstanding volunteers over the past eight years. Each of the 20 missions I've joined has been a unique and transformative experience. Not only have we helped to change the lives of thousands, but my life has been changed in the process. Over time, after talking to so many different people from all walks of life, I see that there is very little that separates me from them. With a bit of bad luck or a few bad choices, I could easily be in crisis myself. I continue volunteering because it fills me with hope and have gained a unique worldview and life perspective.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 2009, I have had the pleasure of traveling on 19 medical missions to Ecuador and Nicaragua. Each team develops their own personality, but the compassion, dedication, teamwork, professionalism, and desire to help others remains constant among all team members. Whether we provide patients with their first dental exam or give them the ability to walk without pain after a total knee replacement; whether we remove cancer from a thyroid or fibroid uterus, or repair a cleft palate, we are providing unparalleled medical and surgical care for people who would otherwise have limited or no access to a doctor. Blanca's House does not waiver from its vision.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have joined Blanca's House on 9 mission trips. Every trip is organized and well run.
Every participant is big hearted, giving of their time, money and skill.
It's an amazing experience to help others that you don't know and will not get anything in return for. The feeling of accomplishment and joy makes it all worth while.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on 8 Blanca's House surgical mission trips. They are all very kind-hearted, generous volunteers who are very organized, work hard and accomplish a lot of great work in a short mission trip.
I will be going on many more trips with Blana's House!

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Annie M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Blanca's House in March 2017 during the mission trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The mission was to provide OB/GYN services and full knee replacements. It was the organization's second trip to the city but I, as a first-time volunteer, could tell how hard they had worked to form a relationship with the city and the hospitals. I stated at the very beginning that I had not intended to attend medical school or go into healthcare, but it was thrilling and inspiring to get a behind-the-scenes look into how healthcare works. These volunteers worked day in and day out to ensure that every single patient received a high-quality experience. While I will probably never have an opportunity to experience a trip like the one I had in March again anytime soon, it is a wonderful thought to know that even I changed so many people's lives.

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vsimpson 09/06/2017

Thank you, Annie!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveling to Ecuador with Blanca's House for my first medical mission was by far one of the best experiences of my life. It was something I have always wanted to do and I knew it would be a great experience but I could have never imagined what an incredible experience it actually turned out to be. I had the opportunity to meet and work with an amazing group of people, learn so many things including what true team work is and be a part of an incredible team that together changed the lives of so many patients in need. This past mission not only did Blanca's House change the lives of patients, they also changed mine. I may have begun my first mission with a group of strangers but I can honestly say that I came home with family. I can NOT wait until the next mission and the opportunity to change many more lives!