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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

49 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.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have made four medical mission trips with Blancas House to Ecuador and it is amazing to see how such a small number of dedicated people can help so many families in need. The doctors and support people are just wonderful . This is a group that deserves our Support.

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blanca's house has provided my family and I a life changing experience. With the help of many volunteers and financial and equipment donors from home, we were able to provide 18 total knee replacements for people with crippling pain and deformities of there knees. Working side by side with my children was well as my sister and niece was an experience of a life time. The leadership at Blanca's house has a can do attitude and when it comes to helping people in need nothing stops them. This was my second mission with Blanca's House and I am sure my family and I will enjoy many more in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people, bringing health care to those who would otherwise not receive it.

1 Daniel-Christine S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unbelievable mission. Great team and organization. We helped a lot of patient's. My son and I had the experience of a life time. Going back Feb 2018

2 DawnMarie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Non-profit is fabulous. I have had the privilege of working with them; this past week was my seventh mission since 2009. I must admit you do get addicted to them. Every team member is thoroughly vetted and the opportunity for growth by the junior volunteers is an astounding accomplishment. The work is thoroughly rewarding and exhausting. It is what medicine and healthcare are truly about. We accomplish allot in the short time we are there. I am also impressed with knowing any donations I bring to the people actually get to the people. You can trust your donation dollars are being spent on the peoples needs and not someones luxurious administrative lifestyle. It becomes your extended family. If you are in the healthcare profession and have become disenfranchised with the sad state of Healthcare come and get your passion re-newed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Blancas House mission to Ecuador was an experience of a life time. This was my second mission and what made this one so special was I got to bring my 15 yr old daughter Haley. She had no idea what she was getting herself into but I did and knew she would grow as a person from helping so many people in Ecuador. She found out that being apart of a team with like minded people is something she will never forget and is already talking about when we can go back. Blancas House is so organized and makes everyone feel like they are so special in this mission whether you are the surgeon or the students everyone matters and works hard to make it all happen. I will continue to volunteer for them and I couldn't think of other way I would want to give my time too

1 Carlos T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this organization and everything that represents . I have a volunteer for more than 4 years and I never tired to go back and give the best of me. Love Blanca's House

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer dentist with Blancas house for the past 2 years . It has been my pleasure to be able to serve hundreds of kids and adults for their basic dental needs. Blancas house does a great job organizing these trips and allowing volunteer to serve needy individuals . I feel Blessed to be part of this organization. I took my family on both trips and they had a wonderful time as well.

Lisa482

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blanca's House and their Medical Team go above and beyond to support high need communities in Latin America. After working with them for over a year I cannot believe how much they accomplish to improve the quality of life for children and families abroad. From cleft pallets, cataracts, knee replacements to dental health and hygiene. Blanca's House does it all. I am proud to be a part of this very integral organization!

2 Kerry21

Donor

Rating: 5

Blanca's House is a great group of modest people making a tremendous impact on less fortunate people in Ecquador and also right here on long Island. Give locally, help globally!