Donating School Supplies in Bombeo, Bolivia

Donating School Supplies in Bombeo, Bolivia

Donating school supplies in Bombeo, Bolivia.

Donating school supplies in Bombeo, Bolivia.

On Thursday, May 19th, Mano a Mano donated 10 boxes of school supplies to the school in Bombeo – ‘Unidad Educativa Bombeo’, del distrito Tunas Vinto, de la provincia Tapacari, del departamento Cochabamba. These 10 boxes will provide supplies for 80 children.

Donation letter for the school supplies.

Donation letter for the school supplies.

Donations like these in Bolivia are made possible by donations made in Minnesota, which are shipped and distributed by Mano a Mano throughout Bolivia to schools, clinics, and other projects for people in need. Our next shipment – 4 40-foot containers with more than 80,000 pounds of supplies – is being loaded at our Saint Paul, Minnesota, warehouse on June 2-4.

Volunteers Needed for Container Loading June 2-4

Interested in helping load the containers? CLICK HERE for more information.

Information about Mano a Mano Surplus Distribution Program

Our surplus distribution program is the program that started Mano a Mano more than 20 years ago; the program focuses on collecting supplies in the Twin Cities area and distributing them in Bolivia.  You can learn more about the surplus distribution program at any of the following links:

Help Load 80,000+ Pounds of Supplies to Ship to Bolivia – June 2-4 at Mano a Mano

Help Load 80,000+ Pounds of Supplies to Ship to Bolivia – June 2-4 at Mano a Mano

We need your help! Mano a Mano will be loading 4 40-foot containers with more than 80,000 pounds of supplies at our St. Paul, Minnesota warehouse on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. These supplies will be shipped to Bolivia, where they are distributed to Mano a Mano projects, other organizations, and individuals in need throughout the country.

1st container. We always order 'high-cube' with extra space at the top to be able to get more supplies in each container and stretch our dollars as far as possible.

1st container arriving at the Mano a Mano warehouse for our last shipment in September 2015. We will be loading 4 containers like this one on June 2-4, 2016.

Supplies being distributed to people & organizations throughout Bolivia, November 2015.

Supplies from Minnesota being distributed to people & organizations throughout Bolivia, November 2015.

Container Loading – Volunteer Times & Information (Please RSVP)

Please read the information below if you are interested in helping out. We hope to see you there!

  • WHERE – Mano a Mano Office/Warehouse. 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104.
  • WHEN – June 2-4. You are welcome to come for as short or as long as you are able.
    • Thursday June 2, 9a-4p (two shifts: 9a-noon and 1-4p, with a 1-hour break from 12-1p)
    • Friday June 3, 9a-4p (two shifts: 9a-noon and 1-4p, with a 1-hour break from 12-1p)
    • Saturday June 4, 9a-noon (or until done)
  • WHAT – preparing supplies for shipment (taping, selecting supplies to be sent, moving supplies around the warehouse in preparation for loading, inventorying and labeling supplies) and loading containers (filling the 40-foot containers with supplies; we do not waste any space!).
  • THINGS TO BRING/BE AWARE OF – please wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather and working in a warehouse space (closed-toe shoes, clothes you’re comfortable getting a bit dirty, heavy duty gloves if you plan on loading).
  • PLEASE RSVP if you plan on coming – carmen@manoamano.org. We really appreciate RSVPs; we don’t want to be too crowded at any point. Feel free to contact Carmen (carmen@manoamano.org or 651-457-3141) if you have any questions.
Mano a Mano staff & volunteers unloading supplies in Bolivia, March 2016 from our last container shipment in September.

Mano a Mano staff & volunteers unloading supplies in Bolivia, March 2016 from our last container shipment in September.

Information about Mano a Mano’s Surplus Distribution Program

Our surplus distribution program is the program that started Mano a Mano more than 20 years ago; the program focuses on collecting supplies in the Twin Cities area and distributing them in Bolivia.  You can learn more about the surplus distribution program at any of the following links:

Transporting 2 People from Beni – Recent Emergency Flight

Transporting 2 People from Beni – Recent Emergency Flight

Mano a Mano’s aviation program continues to be very busy providing flights for emergency rescues and weekend health clinics.

A recent emergency flight on May 8th was for 2 residents of Areruta, a small community in Oromomo in the Bolivian Amazon, in the department of Beni, Bolivia that presented with symptoms of Tubercolosis  and severe malnutrition; there is no location anywhere near their home that can provide testing or treatment, so they were flown to Cochabamba by Mano a Mano, where they received testing and treatment.

Ambulance waiting at the Cochabamba airport to transport the Areruta residents to receive testing and treatment.

Ambulance waiting at the Cochabamba airport to transport the Areruta residents to receive testing and treatment.

538 Patients Flown & 40 Weekend Health Clinics in 2015

Last year, Mano a Mano’s aviation program provided emergency flights to 538 people, in addition to flying volunteer medical professionals for 40 weekend health clinics.

Emergency flight on the Mano a Mano plane, at the Cochabamba airport.

Emergency flight on the Mano a Mano plane, at the Cochabamba airport.

Here are a few recent blogposts about our aviation program:

Medical volunteer from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia providing dental care during a weekend health clinic in Carmen de los Sita.

Medical volunteer from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia providing dental care during a weekend health clinic in Carmen de los Sita.

Why Does Mano a Mano Have an Aviation Program?

Watch the video to learn more about our aviation program, and why it is so critical to Mano a Mano’s mission of creating partnerships with impoverished rural Bolivians:

MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Velasquez

MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Velasquez

Mano a Mano co-founder Joan Velasquez was recently interviewed by the Minnesota chapter of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (MN-AATSP) for their May 2016 Noticiero newsletter. The interview focused on Mano a Mano’s upcoming June teacher trip to Bolivia.

Arani, Bolivia - community where Mano a Mano's teacher trips have been based.

Arani, Bolivia – community where Mano a Mano’s teacher trips have been based.

From the MN-AATSP website:

“The American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP) is a national professional organization for educators which promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.

AATSP-MN is a state chapter whose mission is promoting the Spanish & Portuguese languages and cultures, supporting educators, and recognizing student excellence through various events in the state of Minnesota.”

Read the Full MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Here

The PDF version of the interview is available here:

MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Velasquez

Page 1 of Joan's interview with AATSP. Read the full interview at the link above.

Page 1 of Joan’s interview with AATSP. Read the full interview at the link above.

Mano a Mano Teacher Trips to Bolivia

This is Mano a Mano’s 4th year of hosting teacher trips to Bolivia. Minnesota teachers travel to Bolivia with Mano a Mano to participate in workshops with Bolivian teachers. During the trip, teachers visit rural Bolivian schools, shadow and present workshops for their teachers, and have the opportunity to interact with them in informal as well as classroom settings.

Mano a Mano approaches these trips with a deep appreciation for the dedication of teachers in both countries, for the similarities and differences in our life experiences, and for the gifts that teachers from each country can bring to the other through shared experiences.

Check out more information about the first 3 trips below (each headline is clickable). We’re looking forward to next month’s trip!

2013 Teacher Trip – 9 Travelers

Minnesota and Bolivia teachers during a workshop, 2013.

Minnesota and Bolivia teachers during a workshop, 2013.

2014 Teacher Trip – 7 Travelers

2015 Teacher Trip – 11 Travelers

43 Pictures from Festival Bolivia 2016 Event

43 Pictures from Festival Bolivia 2016 Event

Here are 43 pictures on Facebook from our 7th annual celebration event on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016.

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 Thanks to everyone that supported this event – we had a great time, and raised the most funds we have ever raised in an event!

Because of the success of the event, we will be able to ship at least 80,000 pounds of surplus supplies from our Saint Paul, Minnesota warehouse to Bolivia, where our staff distribute supplies to Mano a Mano projects, other organizations, and individual Bolivians in need.

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Planning to Load Containers June 2-4 at the Mano a Mano Warehouse

We are tentatively planning to ship these supplies June 2-4 – we hope you can help!

More Information About Mano a Mano’s Surplus Program

Supporting Mano a Mano Through Fun Events

This was Mano a Mano’s 7th annual celebration event. Our main goal with these events is to have the opportunity to get together with many of our amazing friends for a fun night; each year we also have a project in mind to support with funds raised through this event.

This year we focused on the program that started Mano a Mano more than 20 years ago: collecting surplus supplies in Minnesota destined for the landfill and send them to Bolivia where they can make a huge difference in people’s lives.

There are currently more than 80,000 pounds of supplies in our St. Paul warehouse that are sorted, packed, and ready to ship; we are basically out of space! Our event on April 23rd will help us ship many of these supplies to Bolivia, where our staff & volunteers will distribute them to Mano a Mano projects throughout Bolivia, other organizations, and individual Bolivians in need.

This is what every room in our St. Paul, MN warehouse currently looks like.

This is what every room in our St. Paul, MN warehouse currently looks like…

Our last shipment of 99,000 pounds that was shipped in September 2015 recently arrived in Bolivia and will be distributed soon; thanks to this event we can now plan to ship these supplies June 2-4.