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Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas
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Donations of Generators Bring Relief to Vulnerable Families in the Bahamas

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

Donations of Generators Bring Relief to Vulnerable Families in the Bahamas

The devastation left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas in 2019 is estimated at $3.4 billion; with 67 people losing their lives, 282 missing, and 29,472 affected by the loss of their homes and assets.

Humanitarian aid estimated at $93,408 was transferred to aid vulnerable families in the Bahamas by LEPP’s partner Outreach Aid to the Americas (OAA)/Americas Relief Team (ART). Four large portable generators were donated and transferred to the National Emergency Management Agency of the Bahamas (NEMA), and are presently utilized in community kitchens, shelters, and recovery centers that aid 8,000 hurricane victims who are still in the process of rehabilitation.

LEPP’s partner OAA/ART has used federal surplus donations not only as emergency aid, but also to leverage the donations to manage, coordinate, and train local disaster management agencies. As a result, communities are better prepared to proactively respond to future disasters in the region

USAID believes that working in partnership with faith-based and community stakeholders is critical in developing and sustaining productive and resilient communities around the world. As a result, LEPP’s partnership with faith-based organizations such as OAA/ART is crucial in supporting global development efforts through the provision of scarce physical capital needed to address grass-roots development challenges.

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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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

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LEPP Donation Support Global Efforts to Mitigate the COVID-19 Pandemic

LEPP Donation Support Global Efforts to Mitigate the COVID-19 Pandemic

As countries strive to deal with the public health and socio-economic impact caused by COVID-19, there is an urgent need for physical capital, especially for medical equipment, supplies, and consumables. Over the last four months, property donations were transferred through LEPP’s partner organization WorldHelp to Guatemala, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Zambia to assist in the global efforts to mitigate the pandemic. In Nicaragua, medical supplies and consumables were distributed to regional hospitals to aid communities affected by COVID-19 and presently benefit 25,730 people. In May of 2020, personal protective equipment(PPE) valued at $750,000 was provided to medical workers in Uganda’s regional hospitals by World Help These donations were described by the Uganda Ministry of Health as the largest medical donation since COVID-19 was first detected in March of 2020 in the country. Physical capital such as vital sign monitors, ventilators, EKGs, sterilizers, aspirators, and hospital beds that were initially procured through LEPP to aid regional and rural hospitals and health centers, are now being utilized to fight the pandemic. Every donation counts, simple items such as hygiene kits are critical for protecting health care professionals and first responders and have also been distributed through WorldHelp to vulnerable communities impacted by a shortage of water, electricity power and disruptions in the supply chain. These simple measures protect communities and save lives.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

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LEPP Ophthalmology Equipment Donations Help Provide Life-Changing Treatments to Under-served Communities

Marcela Lana and her husband are farmers in Toledo, in the province of Cebu, the Philippines. When Marcela’s husband suffered from a stroke that left him mute, she resolved to stay strong to take care of him. It was not until 2017 that she started noticing her vision getting blurry. Marcela went to a local ophthalmologist in her hometown and was diagnosed with cataracts on both eyes…

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Team Member Spotlight: Sofia Desta

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Sofia Desta

Sofia Desta is a Senior Technical Associate – LEPP (Limited Excess Property Program) Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist for Vysnova Partners Inc.
Sofia is responsible for undertaking knowledge management efforts by identifying platforms and opportunities through which important program information is generated and shared amongst LEPP stakeholders. She also works to increase the visibility of LEPP by creating awareness of how federal surplus property transferred overseas is supporting the U.S. development and humanitarian aid programs. Through outreach, Sofia implements initiatives that build strong partnerships to strengthen program outcomes. Sofia has developed an outreach and communications strategy for LEPP that is aligned with USAID’s Agency program priorities. This strategy leverages the transfer of more than 40 million dollars per annum of federal surplus property to increase public diplomacy opportunities and build the capacity of health, education and agriculture programs in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Sofia is also responsible for identifying key performance indicators for humanitarian aid and development programs utilizing federal excess property attained through LEPP.
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LEPP Donations are Used in Programs that Provide Training and Build the Capacity of the Local Workforce

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LEPP Donations Help People in Rural Haiti Gain Access to Affordable Health Care

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LEPP Donations Help People in Rural Haiti Gain Access to Affordable Health Care

LEPP donations of dental equipment were transferred by partner organization Food for the Poor, Inc. to Bethesda Community Health Center in a rural community of Onaville, Haiti. Most people in Onaville do not prioritize oral health because the majority of clinics are either inaccessible or too expensive. Most residents only seek treatment after symptoms worsen. Left untreated, many of these conditions become chronic.

Bethesda Community Health Center was built right after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, spearheaded by health professionals working in remote areas to address the urgent health care needs of displaced communities. In partnership with Food for the Poor Inc. and other generous donors, the center was established to provide a permanent space to treat acute and chronic diseases for populations residing in Onaville and the surrounding communities.

François Leclerc (pictured getting treatment above), 31, came to the center from his small home-town in Canaan, a community located 10 kilometers from the Bethesda Community Health Center. It was his very first visit to the dentist. “Growing up, going to the dentist was viewed as an unnecessary expense and a luxury by my parents – lately, I have been in so much pain, I could not eat, I could not even touch my face,” said François.

Aided by the dental equipment donated through LEPP and Food For The Poor Inc., François received the appropriate care and treatment at the health center. “The clinic is very affordable, I paid 150 gourdes [approx. $1.60], for a consultation,” he added.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations
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Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Medical equipment such as autoclave sterilizers and hospital beds were transferred through LEPP and its partner organization Deseret International to the Peninsula Medical Center in the Bataa region of the Philippines. The center provides medical care and treatment for nominal fees and in some instances at no cost to patients. Had the center procured the medical equipment and supplies in the local market, it would have paid approximately 50% more of the dollar value of the donations. Every dollar that is saved is invested in health care services that provide diagnosis and treatment for patients who cannot afford basic medical care.

Pruna (pictured above) is a widow who earns a very modest income by working at a laundromat. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and was distraught when she discovered that she could not afford the cost of surgery that could save her life. However, when Pruna reached out to the Peninsula Medical Center, she was admitted and underwent chemotherapy and mastectomy – completely free of any medical fees. This is just one example of how donations of essential medical supplies lessen the financial burden of health institutions, helping more underserved and disadvantaged patients access life-saving care at no or minimal cost.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

Lepp Transfers Help Increase Access to Health Care in Guatemala
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Lepp Transfers Help Increase Access to Health Care in Guatemala

Lepp Transfers Help Increase Access to Health Care in Guatemala

Lepp Transfers Help Increase Access to Health Care in Guatemala

 

LEPP donations of surgical kits, hospital beds, vital sign monitors, generators, incubators, radiant warmers, and laboratory supplies were transferred by LEPP’s partner organization World Help to 28 public hospitals in underserved areas in Guatemala. Leveraged by local humanitarian aid and development partners, LEPP donations impact approximately 12,500 people in Guatemala. One notable impact is the use of surplus property donations in World Help’s Operation Baby Rescue program that works to curb the effects of severe malnutrition that threatens 80 percent of children in rural Guatemala. Also, LEPP transfers of surgical kits are utilized to perform life-saving treatments and provide viable and affordable options to patients.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

Donations From the American People Mark a Milestone Birthday!
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Donations From the American People Mark a Milestone Birthday!

Donations From the American People Mark a Milestone Birthday!

Donations From the American People Mark a Milestone Birthday!

This year, Brianna’s 8th birthday was particularly significant because it was also the day she got her cleft palate closed. Brianna’s cleft lip had affected her speech, self-confidence, and her ability to make friends – leaving her family anxious for treatment that is not only accessible but also safe and affordable.

Brianna’s journey towards full recovery has not been easy – she has undergone multiple surgeries between 2015 and 2019. Brianna’s life-changing surgeries were made possible because of medical equipment and surgical supplies donated through LEPP and Deseret International Foundation, in partnership with Smile Train in Davao, Southern Philippines. Brianna’s family did not have to incur any costs for her treatment and instead were able to concentrate their efforts and limited financial resources on her recovery.

A month after her final lip palatoplasty, Brianna joined a speech camp to work on her glottal stops. In only three days, her speech limitations were corrected and today Brianna speaks in perfect sentences. Brianna’s surgery was truly life-changing.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

USAID’s LEPP Donations are Utilized in Disaster Relief Efforts Federal surplus property transfers are utilized within programs that provide life-saving assistance and infrastructure to rehabilitate communities affected by natural and man-made disasters. Thousands of people in the Caribbean are still feeling the after-effects of hurricane Dorian, Maria, and Irma. In FY 2019, LEPP’s partner humanitarian organization Americas Relief Team, Inc. (ART) transferred 9,200 pairs of orthopedic shoes to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda to benefit the elderly and people with disabilities. Diesel generators were also donated to provide emergency assistance to communities affected by hurricane Dorian. To this day, fuel-efficient generators transferred through LEPP continue to provide electric power in schools, fire stations, hospitals, shelter-homes, police stations, and youth centers in Antigua/Barbuda and Dominica, where communities are still rebuilding to recover from hurricanes Maria and Irma that hit in 2017. ART has been able to increase the impact of its programs by utilizing LEPP property donations to strengthen networks of local partners in the region. In collaboration with the U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, the Red Cross and other local organizations on the islands, disaster relief efforts have directly impacted the lives of approximately 12,000 hurricane victims on the islands. U.S. PVOs have used LEPP to not only access physical capital but also to leverage the donations to manage, coordinate and train local disaster management agencies to improve their capacity to respond to future emergencies. LEPP PVO partners are working hard on initiatives that improve food security, empower women and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations. As a result, communities are better prepared to proactively respond to future disasters in the region
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USAID’s LEPP Donations are Utilized in Disaster Relief Efforts

USAID’s LEPP Donations are Utilized in Disaster Relief Efforts Federal surplus property transfers are utilized within programs that provide life-saving assistance and infrastructure to rehabilitate communities affected by natural and man-made disasters.  Thousands of people in the Caribbean are still feeling the after-effects of hurricane Dorian, Maria, and Irma. In FY 2019, LEPP’s partner humanitarian organization Americas Relief  Team, Inc. (ART) transferred 9,200 pairs of orthopedic shoes to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda to benefit the elderly and people with disabilities. Diesel generators were also donated to provide emergency assistance to communities affected by hurricane Dorian. To this day, fuel-efficient generators transferred through LEPP continue to provide electric power in schools, fire stations, hospitals, shelter-homes, police stations, and youth centers in Antigua/Barbuda and Dominica, where communities are still rebuilding to recover from hurricanes Maria and Irma that hit in 2017.  ART has been able to increase the impact of its programs by utilizing LEPP property donations to strengthen networks of local partners in the region. In collaboration with the U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, the Red Cross and other local organizations on the islands, disaster relief efforts have directly impacted the lives of approximately 12,000 hurricane victims on the islands.  U.S. PVOs have used LEPP to not only access physical capital but also to leverage the donations to manage, coordinate and train local disaster management agencies to improve their capacity to respond to future emergencies. LEPP PVO partners are working hard on initiatives that improve food security, empower women and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations.  As a result, communities are better prepared to proactively respond to future disasters in the region

USAID’s LEPP Donations are Utilized in Disaster Relief Efforts

Federal surplus property transfers are utilized within programs that provide life-saving assistance and infrastructure to rehabilitate communities affected by natural and man-made disasters.

Thousands of people in the Caribbean are still feeling the after-effects of hurricane Dorian, Maria, and Irma. In FY 2019, LEPP’s partner humanitarian organization Americas Relief Team, Inc. (ART) transferred 9,200 pairs of orthopedic shoes to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda to benefit the elderly and people with disabilities. Diesel generators were also donated to provide emergency assistance to communities affected by hurricane Dorian. To this day, fuel-efficient generators transferred through LEPP continue to provide electric power in schools, fire stations, hospitals, shelter-homes, police stations, and youth centers in Antigua/Barbuda and Dominica, where communities are still rebuilding to recover from hurricanes Maria and Irma that hit in 2017.

ART has been able to increase the impact of its programs by utilizing LEPP property donations to strengthen networks of local partners in the region. In collaboration with the U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, the Red Cross and other local organizations on the islands, disaster relief efforts have directly impacted the lives of approximately 12,000 hurricane victims on the islands.

U.S. PVOs have used LEPP to not only access physical capital but also to leverage the donations to manage, coordinate and train local disaster management agencies to improve their capacity to respond to future emergencies. LEPP PVO partners are working hard on initiatives that improve food security, empower women and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations. As a result, communities are better prepared to proactively respond to future disasters in the region.


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.