Open Volunteering Next Week at Mano a Mano

Open Volunteering Next Week at Mano a Mano

You are welcome to stop by Mano a Mano next week to help sort wound care supplies on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 16 from 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 17 from 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Thursday, January 18 from 9:30am to 4:00pm
We have 3 huge boxes of miscellaneous wound care supplies that need to be sorted.

We have 3 huge boxes of miscellaneous wound care supplies that need to be sorted.

Please contact Carmen (carmen@manoamano.org or 651-457-3141) if you have any questions.

Supplies are Distributed to People in Need in Bolivia

All supplies, including these wound care supplies, are shipped to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations in need throughout the country. Check out a video of a recent distribution event in Cochabamba, Bolivia:

The surplus program is the program that started Mano a Mano more than 22 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.

2017 in Pictures

2017 in Pictures

Check out a few pictures taken over the past year (here is a direct link to the full album on Facebook). These pictures are just a small sample of the projects and programs that Mano a Mano, through 5 counterpart organizations, implements with the goal of improving health and economic well-being for impoverished Bolivian communities.

Every project depends on partnerships, with many people working together. Thank you to everyone that is a part of Mano a Mano!

Happy Holidays from Mano a Mano – and Thank You

Happy Holidays from Mano a Mano – and Thank You

Happy Holidays from the Mano a Mano Staff and Board of Directors!

Happy Holidays from the Mano a Mano Staff and Board of Directors!

Thank You for Making a Difference in the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of People in Bolivia

During this holiday season, on behalf of everyone at Mano a Mano we would like to wish you a very Happy Holidays, and thank you for supporting Mano a Mano. Support comes in many different forms, and we are very grateful for all of them. Whether you have donated, volunteered, purchased crafts or the Mano a Mano books, traveled to Bolivia with us, or have simply kept up on what we’re up to from time to time, we sincerely appreciate your time and effort.

We simply could not do any of the projects that we do without many people coming together and helping out, in whatever way you can.

Thank you!

P.S. If you would like to make a donation to Mano a Mano before the end of the year to support our work in 2018, you can donate here.

Below are some recent project updates from the past month:

Mano a Mano Project Updates – December 2017

  • Maldonado Water Reservoir is Filling with Water. Mano a Mano’s current water reservoir under construction is progressing well, and should be completed by mid-2018. When completed, this project will make it possible for 96 subsistence farm families (about 600 people) to irrigate 250 acres of cropland and to water their livestock, as well as having water for household use. With the severe drought currently affecting Bolivia, water projects like this one are especially important to help rural communities manage their resources.
Water is starting to fill in the Maldonado reservoir.

Water is starting to fill in the Maldonado reservoir.

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Bobbie Baker. Volunteer Bobbie Baker recently moved back to the Twin Cities after retiring from her job as a food co-op finance manager in Northfield. Here’s how her path led to the Mano a Mano warehouse, and her thoughts on the value of her work.
Bobbie Baker, in the Mano a Mano warehouse

Bobbie Baker, in the Mano a Mano warehouse

  • Helping Martha Walk Again. Our volunteer warehouse manager Ray Wiedmeyer just got back from a trip to Bolivia with Mano a Mano Co-Founder Segundo Velasquez, and while he was there he was able to take part in this donation of supplies and support from Mano a Mano to Martha, enabling her to walk for the first time in 9 years.
Martha (second from left).

Martha (second from left).

  • Thank You Duluth Harbortown Rotary! Rotary International clubs in the Duluth area have been very generous to Mano a Mano for many years, and our Co-Founder recently went to Duluth to receive a check for a clinic project in Jatun Mayu, Bolivia.
Photo Credit: Duluth News Tribune

Photo Credit: Duluth News Tribune

Construction Photos of Maldonado Water Project – December 2017

Construction Photos of Maldonado Water Project – December 2017

Construction of the water reservoir in Maldonado is continuing to make progress.

These are recent photos of work taking place at the Maldonado reservoir, which is currently focused on protecting the reservoir wall from soil erosion in the future. The boulders in place are the “maestra”, or reference line, which farmers will use as reference points to help fill in the rest of the areas with smaller boulders in order to protect the levee wall from erosion. The levee wall is 65% completed.

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We are projecting for the reservoir to be finished around the middle of 2018.

Maldonado Water Reservoir Project Details

Mano a Mano staff started work on this new water project in February 2017. As with many of our projects, the working conditions are difficult: it is about 14,000 feet above sea level, and it is cold, wet, and windy.

When completed, this project will make it possible for 96 subsistence farm families (about 600 people) to irrigate 250 acres of cropland and to water their livestock, as well as having water for household use. With the severe drought currently affecting Bolivia, water projects like this one are especially important to help rural communities manage their resources.

Because of the need, water projects are a high priority for Mano a Mano and the communities that we partner with. In addition to building large-scale water reservoirs, we also build surface wells and small water ponds in communities where the smaller projects are a better fit.

Wirkini Water Reservoir – Mano a Mano’s Most Recently Completed Water Project

At about this time last year, Mano a Mano was dedicating a water reservoir in Wirkini, Bolivia. The Wirkini project joined Mano a Mano’s 8 other large-scale water retention projects that benefit 131,062 people throughout Bolivia (51,062 directly). When complete, the Maldonado water project will join these other water projects.

The Wirkini water reservoir, started in 2012, was dedicated on October 18, 2016.

The Wirkini water reservoir, started in 2012, was dedicated on October 18, 2016.

Our first water reservoir was built in Ucuchi, Bolivia in 2005 (this reservoir is the other project featured in the video) and has been consistently providing water to the community for more than a decade, even in times of drought like Bolivia is currently experiencing.

Thanks Boy Scouts Troop 3089

Thanks Boy Scouts Troop 3089

Thanks to Boy Scouts of America Troop 3089 that volunteered at Mano a Mano on Saturday!

Everything they sorted will be included in our next shipment of supplies to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations throughout the country:

205,675 Pounds Shipped From Minnesota to Bolivia in 2017

In 2017, Mano a Mano has shipped 205,675 pounds of donated medical supplies from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Cochabamba, Bolivia. All of these supplies are picked up, sorted, packed, and loaded on to containers by volunteers.
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Thanks Troop 3089!