LEPP Donations are Utilized in Life-Changing Surgeries, Helping People Lead Productive Lives
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LEPP Donations are Utilized in Life-Changing Surgeries, Helping People Lead Productive Lives

LEPP Donations are Utilized in Life-Changing Surgeries, Helping People Lead Productive Lives

Ana Cristina Gutierrez works as a cake decorator in her father’s small bakery in her hometown of Daet, Philippines. She has lived with strabismus crossed eyes her whole life which worsened as she got older. At the age of 25, Ana supports her two younger siblings with their school expenses. “I’ve always wanted to find a job with better pay, but I’m constantly rejected because of my eyes— even after an exceptional job interview, I’m never offered a job,” said Ana. Ana learned about the medical services provided at the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation from her uncle, who told her that screenings will be done by ophthalmologists in her province of Camarines Norte. The foundation has received modern ophthalmic surgical equipment and supplies through LEPP and the U.S. humanitarian organization Deseret International.

The doctors told Ana that her strabismus can be corrected with surgery. At absolutely no cost to her, Ana received two surgeries by trained local doctors utilizing the surgical equipment and supplies donated by the American people. “I immediately saw results after my first surgery. This experience has been more than I have ever hoped for. I’m thankful beyond words,” said Ana.

Today, Ana works as a patient coordinator in her home province of Daet. “Having this kind of job, I’m not only able to support my family but also have a great opportunity to give back to my community by helping people receive life-changing medical interventions,” she commented.

About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas

Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.

In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars worth of surplus property to 18 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.

These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.