14 Pictures from the Center for Ecological Agriculture – January 2017

14 Pictures from the Center for Ecological Agriculture – January 2017

Mano a Mano's Center for Ecological Agriculture in Cochabamba, Bolivia (processed photo).

Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture in Cochabamba, Bolivia (processed photo).

These 14 pictures are from Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA) over the past few weeks. (Thanks to Mano a Mano volunteer Natalie Makepeace for taking the pictures!)

The goal of the CEA is to provide low-cost, low-tech tools & training for rural Bolivian farm families that improve nutrition in an ecologically friendly manner.

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Learn more about the different tools and training programs at the CEA here.

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Learn More About Mano a Mano’s Environmental Education Workshops in Bolivia

Learn More About Mano a Mano’s Environmental Education Workshops in Bolivia

Mano a Mano staff traveled to 4 communities in the municipality of Omereque, Bolivia on December 19-21 to provide environmental education workshops, and visit some of the water ponds (atajados) that Mano a Mano has built in the area.

Mano a Mano staff and volunteers in Omereque, Bolivia, December 2016.

Mano a Mano staff and volunteers in Omereque, Bolivia, December 2016.

Staff from Mano a Mano Internacional, and our Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA), traveled to the communities of Robles, Mesada, Huertas, and Quebrachas to provide environmental education workshops for residents where we had built water ponds years before, and are currently in the process of finishing up some maintenance and cleanup work so that the ponds are better able to capture more rain water.

Workshop Topics – Climate Change & Sustainable Water Management

The main topics in the workshops were discussions about climate change and good practices for sustainable water management. Water management is a huge concern for communities like Omereque and most of Bolivia; the country is currently experiencing its worst drought in 25 years, and Bolivia declared a national state of emergency in late 2016 – more than 41% of the municipalities in Bolivia have been affected.

Other topics covered included methods for taking care of people’s homes, the community, and their fields; and general hygiene to help avoid contamination of water and the earth.

Mano a Mano workshop in Omereque, December 2016.

Mano a Mano workshop in Omereque, December 2016.

These workshops were provided with the backing of the Municipality, and 80 people attended in total. In addition to presenting about methods that families could do to help better manage their natural resources, Mano a Mano also shared information about the tools available at the Center for Ecological Agriculture that could be replicated in their communities. In these workshops, people showed the most interest in the dry bathrooms, and they are going to travel to Cochabamba to visit the CEA and learn more.

Visitors at Mano a Mano's CEA checking out the dry bathroom on display.

Visitors at Mano a Mano’s CEA checking out the dry bathroom on display.

More Pictures from the Workshops in Omereque

More Posts from the Trip to Omereque

Mano a Mano water pond with water - Omereque, Bolivia, December 2016.

Mano a Mano water pond with water – Omereque, Bolivia, December 2016.

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Water Ponds in Omereque, Bolivia

Water Ponds in Omereque, Bolivia

Mano a Mano staff traveled to 4 communities in the municipality of Omereque, Bolivia on December 19-21 to provide environmental education workshops, and visit some of the water ponds (atajados) that Mano a Mano has built in the area.

In 2010, Mano a Mano built 153 atajados, or small water ponds, in Omereque. Each pond provides water for one to four Bolivian farm families. We have recently been doing a cleanup project of some of these ponds, as well as building new water ponds and drilling wells, to help address the serious drought conditions that are currently affecting Omereque and more than 41% of the other municipalities of Bolivia.

One of the wells being built by Mano a Mano in the Omereque area.

One of the wells being built by Mano a Mano in the Omereque area, mid-2016.

Site Visit to Omereque Water Ponds- December 19-21, 2016

Mano a Mano water pond with water - Omereque, Bolivia, December 2016.

Mano a Mano water pond with water – Omereque, Bolivia, December 2016.

Staff from Mano a Mano Internacional, and our Center for Ecological Agriculture, traveled to the communities of Robles, Mesada, Huertas, and Quebrachas to provide environmental education workshops for residents where we had built water ponds years before, and are currently in the process of finishing up some maintenance and cleanup work so that the ponds are better able to capture more rain water.

The rainy season usually begins in November, but at the time of the site visit there had only been two significant rainfalls so far. Many of Mano a Mano’s atajados currently have significant water, but some have not yet collected any water because of the slow beginning to the rainy season. For residents here, these atajados are their only source of water for irrigating their fields, and we are hopeful the remaining few months of the rainy season will bring enough water.

Omereque, Bolivia

Omereque, Bolivia

The goal of Mano a Mano’s water projects (reservoirs and water ponds) is to collect rain water and snow melt so that communities can have year-round access to water, which enables them to irrigate their fields more often, harvest more crops, and ultimately improve nutrition and economic well-being.

More Pictures From the Site Visit to Omereque

Environmental Workshop in Omereque, Bolivia

Environmental Workshop in Omereque, Bolivia

Last week, staff and volunteers from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Internacional traveled to Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia to provide an environmental workshop to residents.

Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia

Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia (Thanks Natalie for the photos!)

Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia.

Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia.

Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia

Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia

Workshop Topics

The workshop focused on easy ways to care for the environment and basic sanitation issues. These workshops are a part of Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA), which provides low-cost, low-tech tools & training for rural Bolivian farmers to improve food security and nutrition for rural Bolivian farmers, using an ecologically sound approach.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Environmental workshop in Huertas, Omereque, Bolivia on December 21, 2016.

Learn More About the Center for Ecological Agriculture Workshops

Mano a Mano volunteer Lindsay Emi recently wrote an in-depth article looking at a recent workshop held at the CEA for 40 farmers from Capinota in late November 2016; you can read her article here.

To learn more about the CEA and its programs, click here.

 

New Schools and Clinics – 2016

New Schools and Clinics – 2016

In the second half of 2016, Mano a Mano has completed 3 new clinic projects (in Bombeo, Rodeo Bajo, and Copacabana) and 4 new school projects (in Sora Sora, Tunas Pampa, Comun Pampa, and Kichka Muqu) that provide access to health and education for isolated rural Bolivian communities.

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Each of these projects is a partnership, with many people working together – thanks to the local communities; municipal governments; donors and volunteers in the US, Bolivia, and other countries; and our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia that oversees and manages these health and education projects!

Dedicating Mano a Mano's new clinic in Bombeo on June 16, 2016. Thanks to the Japanese Embassy for supporting this project.

Dedicating Mano a Mano’s new clinic in Bombeo on June 16, 2016. Thanks to the Japanese Embassy for supporting this project.

Mano a Mano has completed 158 health projects and 59 school projects throughout Bolivia to date.

Mano a Mano Project Map

Check out our project map to see all of Mano a Mano’s projects.