More Pictures from Wirkini Water Project
Yesterday we posted a few pictures updating progress on our water project in Wirkini, Bolivia for June 2015. Last night Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo staff sent a few more photos from the project taken in the past few days. Once complete, the reservoir will provide irrigation water to at least 341 Bolivian farm families in the area and irrigate 269 hectares of land (average family size is 6, for a total number of beneficiaries of 2,046).
Wirkini Water Project Update – June 2015
Mano a Mano’s water reservoir project in Wirkini, Bolivia continues to progress – it is now about 50% complete.
Like every water project we build, there are many difficulties to getting this project complete. Wirkini is 12,700 feet above sea level, and the elements are a constant challenge for Mano a Mano staff and equipment alike. Many of the materials (earth that is the right mix for construction) are having to be hauled in from a site 5 miles away, which adds to the workload.
Once complete, the reservoir will provide irrigation water to at least 341 Bolivian farm families in the area and irrigate 269 hectares of land (average family size is 6, for a total number of beneficiaries of 2,046). Water is typically only available in the Bolivian Highlands for the 2-3 month rainy season, and the rest of the year is a struggle for farmers to have water access for their crops and livestock. These water reservoir projects retain water and provide water access year-round, which allows for farmers to grow more and better crops, which in turn increases family nutrition and household incomes. Check out some of Mano a Mano’s other water projects here.
Construction Pictures from June 2015
Mano a Mano Open House – July 30th from 4p-6p
You are welcome to stop by the Mano a Mano office/warehouse to say hi to Mano a Mano Aviation pilot Ivo Martinez and his wife Carolina, who are in Minnesota from Bolivia, and also meet our newest US staff member – Office Manager Carmen Paredes Dockry.
- What: Open House for Mano a Mano pilot Ivo and US Office Manager Carmen
- Where: Mano a Mano, 925 Pierce Butle Route, St. Paul, MN 55104
- When: Thursday, July 30th from 4p-6p
Mano a Mano Pilot Ivo Talking About Aviation Program
Ivo will be in Minnesota in late July 2015.
Distributing Supplies in Culpina, Bolivia
Mano a Mano distributed wheelchairs, crutches, and other supplies last Friday in Culpina, Bolivia. Most of the supplies went to the local hospital, and the wheelchairs and crutches went directly to children that needed them.
Staff from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo was flying to Culpina for a meeting/site visit (we built a 37+ mile road in the area last year), and we brought supplies on the Mano a Mano plane to distribute as part of the trip. The mayor, local officials and community members, and representatives from the Culpina Hospital, were onsite at the Culpina airstrip to receive the supplies. Everyone was very happy and grateful!
These supplies were a part of our shipment of 75,000+ pounds of supplies from Minnesota last November, which just cleared Customs and arrived in Cochabamba last month.
New Clinic in Quiroga Being Dedicated Today
Tody – July 9th, 2015, Mano a Mano is dedicating a new clinic project in Quiroga, Bolivia! The base funding for this clinic came from Medical Educators for Latin America (MELA), an organization based in St. Paul, MN focused on improving healthcare with knowledge. MELA has been a long-time partner of Mano a Mano, collaborating on nine International Acute Care Conferences in Cochabamba (with more planned for the future), and volunteering at our St. Paul office. MELA volunteers have traveled to Bolivia to participate in the dedication today.
Quiroga is a community of 4,300 people in the municipality of Aiquile, province of Compero, department of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is about 225 kilometers southeast of the city of Cochabamba, or a 5-hour drive from the city. 30% of Mano a Mano’s clinics are between a 3 and 10-hour drive away from Cochabamba - click here for an overview of where Mano a Mano clinics are located.
Working Together to Make These Projects Possible
Every project that Mano a Mano does, including this clinic in Quiroga, depends on many people working together (read more about our partnership model here).
The Quiroga clinic project was a collaboration with:
- our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia
- Medical Educators for Latin America
- Bolivian Government
- Municipality of Aiquile
- the community of Quiroga
Thank you to everyone that worked together to make this project happen! Mano a Mano’s network of clinics provides health care access to more than 700,000 Bolivians and is nearing 1 million patient visits each year. The Quiroga clinic joins this network and provides another 4,300 Bolivians with access to health care.
Providing Access to Health Care
With the new clinic, 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 (here is an overview of clinic activity from second quarter 2014 to give you an idea of what our clinics focus on).
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 (learn more about our health education & training programs, and an overview of the 2014 programs, here); 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.
Quiroga Clinic Construction Pictures
Check out 15 more pictures from Quiroga HERE.