Everyone deserves to have health and hope.

AMOS Health and Hope (AMOS) is dedicated to reducing preventable deaths and improving the health and well-being of people who suffer from the unjust conditions of poverty. Our programs empower local leaders to build upon their strengths and respond to the needs they identify within their communities. 

Our Mission

AMOS Health and Hope is a Christian 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to improve the health of impoverished communities by working alongside them in health, education, and development.

Our Vision

Through our partnerships, we seek:

Health for all people

A world where no child dies from a preventable disease

Effective and empowering health care

Our History

The dream for AMOS began in 1967 with the work of Dr. Gustavo Parajón, a physician, medical missionary and American Baptist pastor. Faced with overwhelming need in the poorest rural villages, Dr. Parajón frequently remarked:

“In Nicaragua, a doctor shouldn’t just be a doctor; a doctor must also be a teacher.”

This vision for empowerment gave birth to an integral health care initiative devoted to local leadership development. The heart of Dr. Parajón’s work focused on communities themselves, teaching local people to provide basic primary health care services, thereby dramatically reducing unnecessary illness and death. This focus on strengthening communities through education and preventive care lives on in AMOS today. 

Dr. Gustavo Parajón in 1967, vaccinating a young child in Nicaragua.

Our Christian Values

AMOS Health and Hope stands for A Ministry Of Sharing Health and Hope. The name is also inspired by the prophet Amos from the Old Testament of the Bible. Amos was a farmer who spoke out against the injustices of his time. His message about justice flowing everywhere is still relevant today.

At AMOS, our core values are inspired by Jesus’ example: 

  • Service to Those in Need: We provide high-quality health services to people in need who lack access to adequate health care.
  • Respect: We serve those in need without distinctions based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, religious affiliations, or other beliefs.
  • Loving Our Neighbor: We share and live out the Gospel through love in action, focusing on the vulnerable sectors of society in Nicaragua — people living in extreme poverty, especially women and children.
  • Empowerment for Service: We teach local leaders to identify local needs, develop solutions, and implement health interventions that are beneficial for the whole community.
  • Stewardship: We seek sustainable and effective approaches to global health problems through partnering with communities, churches, governments, individuals, and other organizations.
  • Peace and Justice: We seek a world of peace and justice, where there is health and hope for all.