A Dream Realized :: The HOPE International Medical Center Opens for Business in Bolivia!


We are incredibly excited to announce that CMI HOPE has officially opened it’s doors for business here in La Paz, Bolivia!  The International Medical Center provides high quality medical care in the city of La Paz.  It is a sustainable social enterprise, which means that the proceeds from the clinic will go towards supporting health services and social programs run by HOPE worldwide Bolivia and our partnership with Foundation Arco Iris.  These services and programs are focused on meeting the needs of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children and families in La Paz.

We welcomed many of our donors and visitors who came from all over the world on Friday night with a special dinner to honor and thank them.


Kevin and Noelle Broyles (HOPE worldwide Bolivia) with HOPE worldwide’s CEO, Robert Carrillo, and HOPE worldwide’s Chief Development Officer, Russ Hargrove.


Some of the Texas donors pose for a photo with Director Kevin Broyles and Genoveva and her son Mario, who received help from HOPE worldwide Bolivia.


Children from Foundation Arco Iris performed a traditional Bolivian dance for all of the guests.


Father José (President of Foundation Arco Iris) with Gary Jacques (VP of Health and Social Services at HOPE worldwide)

Saturday morning, we celebrated the official grand opening of the clinic.  We had over 180 people attend the ceremony including Dr. Ramiro Narvaez (General Director of Hospital Arco Iris), Father José (President of Foundation Arco Iris), Chargé Peter Brennan and his wife, Lizanne, with the US Embassy, Morayma Bak (President of Arco Iris America), Kevin Martinez (vice mayor of Zona Sur) with the Zebras, Dr. Elma Simon (Director of Lab Clinics) and many others.   













Saturday afternoon many of our donors and visitors went on an action packed tour of the wonderful city of La Paz.


Valle de La Luna


Jim Lenahen and Alex Hunter getting a photo with a Cholita (woman in traditional Bolivian dress)


Tom Gurrentz poses with the spectacular scenery at the valle de la luna.


Jim Lenahen, Vanessa Embling and Larry Wood pose for a picture in El Alto with the city of La Paz in the background.


One of the coolest things to do in La Paz, the Teleferico, the subway in the sky!


Historical Jaen Street, one of the oldest streets in La Paz.

Sunday morning all of the donors and visitors split up into groups and were able to make home visits with several families who are receiving help and assistance from HOPE worldwide Bolivia and Foundation Arco Iris.  The volunteers spent time serving the families.



Robert Carrillo with 5 year old Ivon who has celiac disease and has been in and out of the hospital recently.


Some of the HOPE volunteers with Señora Flora and her family.


Señora Flora’s house where she has lived for twenty years. The house is falling apart and is in desperate need of repairs.

Once again, thank you for your support and sacrifice.  Because of you, we are able to continue to bring hope and change lives here in Bolivia!


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