Upcoming Events at Mano a Mano: Rest of 2018

Upcoming Events at Mano a Mano: Rest of 2018

Mano a Mano has a number of events coming up through the rest of the year. Below is a list of currently scheduled events; we have our monthly speaker series every second Tuesday of each month (September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11), our 9th Annual Festival event is coming up on September 16, and we are planning to load and ship containers in October.

In August 2018, Mano a Mano volunteers loaded these 2 40-foot containers with around 40,000 pounds of recovered resources (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches) at our St. Paul warehouse.

In August 2018, Mano a Mano volunteers loaded these 2 40-foot containers with around 40,000 pounds of recovered resources (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches) at our St. Paul warehouse.

All of these events take place at Mano a Mano (925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104).

All Speaker Series events take place from 6:30pm-8pm.

List of Mano a Mano Events

  • September 11: Mano a Mano Speaker Series - Nate Zwonitzer, Capitol Region Watershed District, “Water Resources and the Urban Environment”
  • September 16: Mano a Mano Festival 2018 – Get Your Tickets Here ($35 each, includes food)
  • October 4-6: Loading Containers to Ship to Bolivia. We are planning on loading containers with donated supplies at our Mano a Mano warehouse. These dates are currently tentative. Please contact Carmen (carmen@manoamano.org) with any questions.
  • October 9: Mano a Mano Speaker Series - Caroline Doenmez, U of MN College of Liberal Arts, “Empowering Indigenous Women During the Birthing Process”
  • November 13: Mano a Mano Speaker Series - Carol Klee, U of MN College of Liberal Arts, “Languages in Bolivia: Quechua Language Maintenance, Structure & Use”
  • December 11: Mano a Mano Open House & Bolivian Art Display: Socialist Issues as an Inspiration for Art in Bolivia in the 1970s

Please contact us if you have any questions. We hope to see you at Mano a Mano in the coming months!

Training Workshop for Sacabamba Students and Teachers

Training Workshop for Sacabamba Students and Teachers

Students and teachers from Sacabamba participating in an agricultural training workshop with Mano a Mano, August 28, 2018.

Students and teachers from Sacabamba participating in an agricultural training workshop with Mano a Mano, August 28, 2018.

Today, 19 students (ages 16 & 17) and 3 teachers from Sacabamba, Bolivia are participating in a training workshop through Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture. The training workshop is complementing the infrastructure projects currently being built, in order to provide a comprehensive project for the community that can be well-used, and function at its highest possible level.

Community Greenhouses in Sacabamba

Over the summer, Mano a Mano has been working on completing 3 large community greenhouses in Sacabamba. Each community greenhouse is the equivalent of 7-8 normal greenhouses. This project has been a collaboration between Mano a Mano, the municipal government of Sacabamba, the local community, and volunteers from Oxford Development Abroad.
Mano a Mano has been working on completing 3 large community greenhouses in Sacabamba, Bolivia. Each community greenhouse is the equivalent of 7-8 normal greenhouses.

Mano a Mano has been working on completing 3 large community greenhouses in Sacabamba, Bolivia. Each community greenhouse is the equivalent of 7-8 normal greenhouses.

Learn More About Agricultural Training Workshops

Community Greenhouses in Sacabamba

Community Greenhouses in Sacabamba

Over the summer, Mano a Mano has been working on completing 3 large community greenhouses in Sacabamba, Bolivia. Each community greenhouse is the equivalent of 7-8 normal greenhouses.

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This project has been a collaboration between Mano a Mano, the municipal government of Sacabamba, the local community, and volunteers from Oxford Development Abroad.

The community constructing the adobe bricks for the greenhouses.

The community constructing the adobe bricks for the greenhouses.

Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA) provides training and simple technologies to improve food security and nutrition for Bolivian farm families.

The CEA Has Grown Since its Inception in 2012

The CEA was started in 2012 with the goal of demonstrating good agricultural practices in action for rural Bolivian communities, and the site has been growing over the past 4-5 years to include many more tools & techniques. Also, 3 out of 4 Mano a Mano’s counterpart organizations are now on the same site as the CEA, which helps with integrating some of our projects, such as the sorting and distribution of donated supplies shipped from Minnesota.

More Information About the CEA

Video Tour of the CEA

Remembering David Hussman

Remembering David Hussman

We were sad to hear that David Hussman passed away yesterday, after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last year. A short bio would be difficult, so here are 3 links:

  1. Obituary in the Star Tribune
  2. The Dude Abides – Jim Walsh wrote this in-depth article about David last year in the Southwest Journal
  3. Honoring David Hussman – DevJam has a page on their website with articles and other information about David
Nate Knatterud-Hubinger and David Hussman at Mano a Mano's annual event in 2010.

Nate Knatterud-Hubinger and David Hussman at Mano a Mano’s annual event in 2010.

David Was a Dedicated Supporter of Mano a Mano

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About this time a year ago, DevJam hosted a party for friends and colleagues of David, as a chance to gather together and share stories; Mano a Mano’s Executive Director Nate Knatterud-Hubinger sent this note for the party:

“I was trying to think of a specific story about David, but the main thing that immediately pops in my head is just how pleasant and enjoyable he is to be around. I first met David around 2010, and he has been a steadfast part of my nonprofit organization Mano a Mano since then. We named him our 2011 Volunteer of the Year, he and DevJam have been actively involved in many projects and events every year, and I’ve spent dozens of hours at DevJam and Studio 2 over the years. Every time I’m there, it’s something I’ve looked forward to and enjoyed – which is not a normal experience for me with IT/tech-related projects or people – and that’s in large part thanks to David. He’s simply a really good dude (had to get a dude reference in there!).”

Our thoughts are with David’s wife Andrien Thomas, his 2 daughters, and his family & friends today.

3 New Clinic Projects Dedicated in Bolivia

3 New Clinic Projects Dedicated in Bolivia

Over the past 3 months, our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia has completed 3 new clinic projects:

  • a new clinic in Jatun Mayu (our 163rd clinic project in Bolivia)
  • a clinic expansion in Candelaria (our 164th clinic project)
  • a new clinic in Villa Rosario (our 165th clinic project)

The Jatun Mayu clinic was a collaboration with the local municipality and community, Mano a Mano, and a number of Rotary Clubs in the Upper Midwest (you can see a full list of Rotary Clubs here).

The projects in Candelaria and Villa Rosario were a collaboration with the local municipalities and communities, Mano a Mano, and Medical Educators for Latin America (MELA).

Mano a Mano’s Clinic Program

With the new clinics, medical professionals working in the community will have a much more comfortable working environment (which is very important for retaining staff in isolated rural communities), and community residents will have regular access to quality health care services provided through the Bolivian Health Ministry.

Our clinic program’s approach is that health outcomes can be dramatically improved with simple yet effective interventions, beginning with the basic ability to consistently access quality services in their own communities.

A continuing health education course held earlier this year at Mano a Mano Bolivia's office in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

A continuing health education course held earlier this year at Mano a Mano Bolivia’s office in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

As a Mano a Mano clinic, it will have Volunteer Health Promoter Training and Continuing Health Education workshops provided through our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia; it will also receive equipment and supplies to ensure that it is fully-furnished, and is connected with Mano a Mano Bolivia medical staff via radio for help with any difficult cases or issues.

Jatun Mayu Clinic

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Candelaria Clinic Expansion

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Villa Rosario Clinic

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