Thank You Samsung and St. Kate’s Volunteers – October 2018

Thank You Samsung and St. Kate’s Volunteers – October 2018

Thank you to the volunteers from St. Kate’s PA (Thursday) and Samsung (Friday) that volunteered with Mano a Mano sorting donated medical supplies last week!

Samsung volunteers sorting donated medical supplies at Mano a Mano, October 12, 2018

Samsung volunteers sorting donated medical supplies at Mano a Mano, October 12, 2018

All of the supplies they helped sort will be shipped to Bolivia and distributed to people & organizations in need throughout Bolivia. In 2017 Mano a Mano distributed 205,675 pounds of supplies.

This video below is from a distribution of supplies in late September 2018:

Thank You Metro State Social Work Interns and Our Regular Volunteers

We are grateful to the groups that came on Thursday and Friday, and we are always grateful to our regular volunteers. Every Wednesday, our regular group comes to the warehouse to pick up donated orthopedic supplies and medical equipment from Goodwill, which is just down the street from Mano a Mano.

This fall, Mano a Mano is also a placement site for fieldwork for Social Work students from Metro State. This is our second year of being a placement site, and Metro State students put in 20+ hours a week at Mano a Mano during the semester (they were a huge help at our 2018 Festival in September).

HERO also made the drive from Fargo to St. Paul last week to exchange donated medical supplies with Mano a Mano:

Thank You Volunteers!

We only have 2 full-time staff in the US, and we depend on volunteers to do our work. Thanks to everyone that helped out over the past week!

Buy a Handmade Kayak, Support Mano a Mano

Buy a Handmade Kayak, Support Mano a Mano

Tony Kayak_2018

Buy a beautiful kayak, support Mano a Mano: Anthony Schmitz of Frogtown Kayak made this kayak that is available for $900. From Craigslist:

“Light, lively skin-on-frame kayak. Slightly over 14 feet, under 35 pounds. Wonderful for a quiet lake, but also capable of multi-day trips in Voyageurs, BWCA. Cedar gunwales and stringers, white oak ribs, nylon fabric covered with two-part urethane. A very sweet boat. The sale price will go in its entirety to Mano a Mano, a St. Paul/Bolivia based organization that recycles US medical equipment to Bolivian hospitals and clinics, and also funds a wide variety of development work in Bolivia. (http://manoamano.org/) A portion of the sales price may be tax deductible.”

Check out the Craigslist posting here.

Distributing Donated Medical Supplies to Hospital Eduardo Eguia

Distributing Donated Medical Supplies to Hospital Eduardo Eguia

On Friday, September 21st, Mano a Mano distributed donated medical supplies in a large-scale distribution event to people & organizations in need at our warehouse in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This was one of the many distributions that day, to the Hospital Eduardo Eguia in Tupiza, Potosi (a 13-hour drive to get to Cochabamba):

“Thank you for giving us the possibility to give and receive, we would pray to you to continue with this good work giving support for the population to work in better conditions and to solve the problems of the people. Our problems are related to patients in critical condition, since we still have to continue referring patients with many problems, patients with serious conditions that have to be sent to receive third level health care.”

Travel to Bolivia with Mano a Mano: March 9-18, 2019

Travel to Bolivia with Mano a Mano: March 9-18, 2019

Mano a Mano invites you to join us on a nine-day trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Through this unique travel experience you will meet high Andean subsistence farm families and become immersed in their daily lives. You will learn how Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture integrates its health, water, and food production programs to create more sustainable rural communities.

The deadline for securing a spot on this trip is January 15, 2019.

Get the Trip Information Packet to Learn More

Click the link below for a PDF with 7 pages of detailed information about the March 2019 trip:

Mano a Mano Trip to Bolivia – March 2019 Trip Packet

Questions? Contact Us

The trip packet above covers most aspects of the trip, but if you are interested and have any questions, or would like more information about anything, please contact Carmen (email: carmen@manoamano.org or phone: 651-457-3141).

What is the Purpose of this Trip?

A trip to Bolivia with Mano a Mano can be a life-changing event. On this trip, we will learn first-hand about how Bolivians grow the food they eat and sell. We will meet subsistence farmers who manage to survive in their high mountain communities with meager material resources and witness their determination to remain on their land and improve life for their children.

In late September 2018, 8 community residents worked on building the walls for the community greenhouses being built with Mano a Mano; they are starting to take shape! Mano a Mano has been working on completing these large community greenhouses in Sacabamba, Bolivia over the past few months. Each community greenhouse is the equivalent of 7-8 normal greenhouses. This project is a collaboration between Mano a Mano, the municipal government of Sacabamba, the local community, and volunteers from Oxford Development Abroad.

In late September 2018, 8 community residents worked on building the walls for the community greenhouses being built with Mano a Mano; they are starting to take shape! Mano a Mano has been working on completing these large community greenhouses in Sacabamba, Bolivia over the past few months. Each community greenhouse is the equivalent of 7-8 normal greenhouses. This project is a collaboration between Mano a Mano, the municipal government of Sacabamba, the local community, and volunteers from Oxford Development Abroad.

We will talk with farmers and market vendors, as well as with agronomists, global development activists and other professionals. For travelers concerned about global food and water scarcity and equitable distribution of resources, the trip will provide an up-close view of how Mano a Mano teaches farming practices that protect the fragile natural environment and improve health.

We also want travelers to see how Mano a Mano distributes the nearly 200,000 pounds of medical and school supplies that Minnesota volunteers collect, sort, pack and ship to our Bolivian sister organizations each year.

What Travelers from Previous Trips Have to Say

  • “It was such a good education on how to do development work. Segundo is the best guide in the world. His ability to convey the history and culture in a manner that was relevant and understandable for our group was totally amazing.” – Debbie Hadas
  • “The trip met every expectation I had and much more.” – Dave Smith

Pictures from Mano a Mano’s March 2018 Trip to Bolivia

Peg Thomas traveled to Bolivia with Mano a Mano as part of our March 2018 trip.

Video Tour: Center for Ecological Agriculture

Distributing Donated Medical Supplies in Bolivia – September 2018

Distributing Donated Medical Supplies in Bolivia – September 2018

Over the past week, Mano a Mano has distributed donated medical supplies in a large-scale distribution event to people & organizations in need on Friday, September 21st.

Mano a Mano staff and volunteers preparing medical supplies for donation at our Cochabamba warehouse last week. The packets are destined for 1st level health centers.

Mano a Mano staff and volunteers preparing medical supplies for donation at our Cochabamba warehouse last week. The packets are destined for 1st level health centers.

Today, we traveled to Punata to deliver medical supplies to 4 Punata-area clinics and the Nursing Faculty:

Distributing supplies to health centers in Punata, September 27, 2018.

Distributing supplies to health centers in Punata, September 27, 2018.

Health Care in Bolivia – Article on the Borgen Project

Thanks Morgan Harden for writing this article about Mano a Mano for The Borgen Project.

Top: One of 5 containers at Mano a Mano in St. Paul, MN in August 2017; Bottom: all 5 containers arriving at Mano a Mano in Cochabamba, Bolivia in early 2018. “A gift in memory of Tamar” was tagged on each container (it’s partially visible on the red container on the far left arriving in Bolivia).

Top: One of 5 containers at Mano a Mano in St. Paul, MN in August 2017; Bottom: all 5 containers arriving at Mano a Mano in Cochabamba, Bolivia in early 2018. “A gift in memory of Tamar” was tagged on each container (it’s partially visible on the red container on the far left arriving in Bolivia).

Morgan Harden is a recent graduate of Kenyon College. Drawn to its story and collaborative model, she began volunteering remotely for Mano a Mano after her graduation. This work eventually led her all the way to the organization’s epicenter in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Morgan volunteered with us for a month in November 2017, and she returned to Cochabamba in early 208 to spend a few more weeks with us, before heading to Argentina to begin her Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowship.

Check out Morgan’s articles that she wrote while volunteering with Mano a Mano in Bolivia on our blog.

Video: From Minnesota to Bolivia: Distributing Donated Medical Supplies

Mano a Mano collects donated supplies in Minnesota and ships them to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations in need throughout the country.

Check out footage and interviews from a recent large-scale distribution of supplies at the Mano a Mano warehouse in Cochabamba, Bolivia, when more than 90,000 pounds of supplies were given away:

Video Credit: William Wroblewski
The surplus program is the program that started Mano a Mano more than 24 years ago; with the dedicated support of hundreds of volunteers in both the US & Bolivia, we have collected and shipped millions of pounds of supplies since 1994.