Loading 3 40-ft. Containers with 75,000 pounds of Supplies

Loading 3 40-ft. Containers with 75,000 pounds of Supplies

Volunteers loading supplies at our St. Paul, Minnesota warehouse.

Volunteers loading supplies at our St. Paul, Minnesota warehouse.

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Give to the Max Day 2014

Give to the Max Day 2014

November 13 is Give to the Max Day 2014! From the GiveMN website: “Join thousands of Minnesotans as we ignite generosity and raise millions of dollars for nonprofits and schools across the state. Make a donation to your favorite cause on November 13 and be part of Minnesota’s annual day of giving!”

Donate to Mano a Mano on Give to the Max Day November 13 and Increase Your Impact!

We have a matching gift available, and donations are eligible for randomly selected $2,000 golden tickets every hour throughout the day that are added to your donation, in addition to other possible prizes.

All donations will go towards our container shipment of donated supplies from Minnesota to Bolivia this week, and any additional funds raised over our goal would go to the next shipment sometime in 2015.

Check out our GiveMN page to learn more; you can also donate in the form below:

Thanks!

Rivers to Dust

Rivers to Dust

We just wanted to share this beautiful video made by Fusion on how climate change is effecting communities in the rural Bolivian Highlands. The people talking in this video have the same concerns as the community represetatives that come to Mano a Mano, asking to partner with us on projects, and water reservoirs is one of the highest priority projects.

Emergency Flight for Mother and Child

Emergency Flight for Mother and Child

Arriving at the Cochabamba airport, for transport to the hospital.

Arriving at the Cochabamba airport, for transport to the hospital.

We were in the middle of a flight to the community of Tacora with volunteer medical professionals from Mano a Mano Bolivia for a training course for doctors and nurses when we received an emergency call over the radio. A woman who had given birth 4 days earlier was having complications, and needed to get to a hospital. One of the volunteer doctors on the flight stressed the urgency of the situation to our pilot; one hour later the plane was en route to pick up Lilliana and her baby. They arrived at the maternal ward of the Cochabamaba hospital where they are doing well now, recuperating.

Lilliana with her child.

Lilliana with her child, on the Mano a Mano plane.

More photos fo the emergency flight from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Aviation:

 

Training in Tacora

The training that was originally scheduled in Tacora still took place. Our pilot flew into the area with volunteer instructors to provide on going training and education to area medical staff.

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Tacora and area medical staff and community residents that were present when the plane arrived.

Tacora residents told our pilot that they had maintained the runway operable from the beginning – eight years ago – hoping that Mano a Mano would come back with some aspect of the aviation program.  They believed in us for eight years…never giving up.
Mano a Mano tries to stay in touch with the communities with activities, but there is always more to be done.
Mano a Mano is currently collaborating with three new communities to build runways, with a fourth community runway planned in the near future.

 

 

Delivering Food and Supplies to a Community Devastated by Fire

Delivering Food and Supplies to a Community Devastated by Fire

Aerial view of Natividad, in the department of Beni, Bolivia.

Aerial view of Natividad, in the department of Beni, Bolivia.

Aerial view of the fire damage.

Aerial view of the fire damage.

Our pilot, Ivo Daniel took these photos of the fire damage and the need in Natividad.
Fire damage in Natividad.

Fire damage in Natividad.

A fire started in one of the houses and burned more than half of the houses in town.
More than half of the homes in Natividad were completely destroyed.

More than half of the homes in Natividad were completely destroyed.

Nine homes completely destroyed.
If the wind had not carried the fire in the direction of the river, all 16 homes in the community would have been destroyed….

Natividad Fire Response

Our pilot made the first of three or four flights last week and delivered 400 kilos of food. Both the leader of the community and the teacher were asked to distribute the food, prioritizing affected families first.
Mano a Mano plane delivering food and supplies to Natividad.

Mano a Mano plane delivering food and supplies to Natividad.

Thanks Casa Estudiantil

A huge thank you to Casa Estudiantil for making funds available to purchase the food.
These are the kinds of projects Mano a Mano are able to do, thanks to the the support of groups like Casa Estudiantil and people like you.
If you’d like to make a donation to support projects and emergency responses like these, you can make a donation online HERE.