Volunteer Opportunities in April
In April, we currently have 4 volunteer opportunities scheduled on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings; you are welcome to stop by Mano a Mano (925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104) to volunteer if you’re interested (no RSVP needed). There is also open sorting this Friday afternoon, March 27, from 3-5pm.
- Soup and Sort, Tuesdays, 5-8pm. At 5pm gather to enjoy a bowl of soup that is provided and then sort supplies from 6-8pm, or whatever hours you can provide. Email Karen (email@example.com) if you have any questions. Soup and Sort is scheduled for the following dates in April:
- April 7
- April 21
- Saturday Sorting, 9a-noon. Stop by Mano a Mano to sort supplies; you can stay as long or as short as you’d like.
- April 11
- April 18
Why Sort Supplies?
Mano a Mano was founded 21 years ago with the goal of saving surplus medical supplies from the landfill in Minnesota and shipping them to Bolivia, where we knew these supplies were desperately needed and could be used immediately. We have grown to now building infrastructure projects in partnership with rural Bolivian communities (more than 300 projects to date), but the surplus distribution program remains a critical component of our programs in Bolivia, while also reducing waste in Minnesota.
Last year we shipped more than 100,000 pounds of supplies from Minnesota to Bolivia, with the help of many volunteers!
Thank You Medtronic Volunteers!
Thanks to the 20+ Medtronic volunteers that helped out in the Mano a Mano warehouse yesterday! The group packed 65 boxes of donated hospital linens, and organized 3 gaylords (large boxes) of crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs. All supplies will be included in our next shipment of supplies to Bolivia; here is some more information about our surplus distribution program.
Mano a Mano Travelers Visiting Wirkini Water Reservoir
Yesterday a group of the Mano a Mano travelers currently in Bolivia stopped by our Wirkini Water Reservoir project that is under construction (which should be completed in time for next year’s rainy season) and met with local officials and around 200 residents. More information about the project here.
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Advanced Trauma Management Workshop
These are a few pictures from the ongoing Advanced Trauma Management continuing education workshop. This is the second year that we have done the Advanced Trauma course; this year’s course was limited to 30 participants. Next week will be the much larger International Acute Care Conference, with about 240 attendees expected (150 doctors and 90 nurses).
These workshops are a collaboration among our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, Medical Educators for Latin America – MELA, and Mano a Mano.
Continuing Health Education is Crucial
Continuing health education is a crucial component of our health program – in addition to these larger workshops Mano a Mano Bolivia staff host around 10 continuing education courses for staff from Mano a Mano clinics each year.
As part of our model, Mano a Mano clinics provide comprehensive health care to the community, focusing on basic services such as infant and maternal health, vaccinations, and dental care. The health education program is one of the most critical elements to ensure long-term success for our clinics. Mano a Mano’s network of clinics continues to grow (check our results page for our current total), and it is very important that the medical staff in each of our existing clinics continues to learn best practices to provide the best possible care.
The health education program has two main components: volunteer health promoters and continuing health education workshops.
Mano a Mano Executive Director Dan Narr Has Resigned From Mano a Mano
Executive Director Dan Narr recently announced his resignation from Mano a Mano International.
Throughout his career Dan has always sought new challenges, and he has decided that this is a good time to explore new challenges outside of the organization. We are very grateful to Dan for his contributions of the last nine years. We thank him and wish him well.
Staff members and board members, with valuable input from donors, volunteers, and our Bolivian counterparts, will work closely together to chart a continued strong course for Mano a Mano.