Upcoming Mano a Mano Events: May-September 2018

Upcoming Mano a Mano Events: May-September 2018

We have posted this week about a few events, so here’s a quick recap of upcoming Mano a Mano events:

Emily Kleiber, Joseph Caswell, and Andrea Wallick (top picture), along with their chamber music coach, Tom Rosenberg, invite you to join them for their Send-off Concert on May 17th at The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music before they travel to Italy.

Emily Kleiber, Joseph Caswell, and Andrea Wallick, along with their chamber music coach, Tom Rosenberg, invite you to join them for their Send-off Concert on May 17th at The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music before they travel to Italy.

Upcoming Speaker Series Events on May 29th (CANCELED), June 12th, September 11th, and October 9th

Dr. Katrina Phillips presenting at Mano a Mano on April 10, 2018.

Dr. Katrina Phillips presenting at Mano a Mano on April 10, 2018.

Dr. Katrina Phillips’ talk on April 10th was the second in our ongoing series of talks and discussion on “indigenous peoples and their environments.” We at Mano a Mano want to engage with researchers and practitioners working with indigenous peoples on development and environmental issues. Our goal is to share and learn from each other and to support the indigenous peoples we serve.

Our next speaker is coming up on June 12th:

  • Tom Kenote, working towards his MS in Natural Resources Science & Management and is from the Omaeqnomenewok (Menominee Nation), and the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Anishinaabe in Wisconsin “Indigenous Phenology” – Indigenous Communities and their environment Series – Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30p
  • Caroline Doenmez, MA, Human Rights Studies/Native Studies, Works at American Indian Studies & Anthropology Departments at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts – “Empowering Indigenous Women During the Birthing Process” – Indigenous Communities and their environment – RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30p
  • We will provide information about upcoming speakers as we get closer; there may be events in July & August as well, but nothing is scheduled currently.

All of our talks take place at Mano a Mano (925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104).

Please RSVP with Carmen (carmen@manoamano.org or 651-457-3141).

Save the Date: Mano a Mano’s Annual Event on September 16, 2018

Save the Date: Mano a Mano’s Annual Event on September 16, 2018

Mark your calendars! Mano a Mano’s 9th Annual Event will take place on September 16th, 2018. More details to follow.

Last of 5 containers leaving Mano a Mano, August 2017.

Last of 5 containers leaving Mano a Mano, August 2017. This shipment of donated supplies to Bolivia was made possible by last year’s event.

Pictures from Last Year’s Event

From Minnesota to Bolivia: Distributing Donated Medical Supplies

Mano a Mano collects donated supplies in Minnesota and ships them to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations in need throughout the country.

Check out footage and interviews from a recent large-scale distribution of supplies at the Mano a Mano warehouse in Cochabamba, Bolivia, when more than 90,000 pounds of supplies were given away:

Video Credit: William Wroblewski
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.

With the success of our July 2017 event, we were able to make a shipment of more than 100,000 pounds of medical supplies in August 2017.

Pictures from Container Loading (Made Possible by Last Year’s Event) – August 2017

Trio Luminoso Italy Send-Off Concert

 Trio Luminoso Italy Send-Off Concert

  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 7:15 pm
  • Where: St Paul Conservatory of Music, 1524 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55015

Emily Kleiber, Joseph Caswell, and Andrea Wallick, along with their chamber music coach, Tom Rosenberg, invite you to join them for their Send-off Concert before they travel to Italy. As 1st place winners of the SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition, they have been invited to participate in the Mantova Chamber Music Festival in Mantua, Italy, and are being graciously sponsored by the Friends of the SPCO to help defray their travel costs.*

In addition to some of their favorite solo repertoire, the trio will be playing: Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70 No. 1.

caswell group 2

Please come and show your support for these fabulous young musicians as they embark on this amazing adventure!

*The concert is free, but any contributions to the Trio’s travel fund would be gratefully accepted!

Joseph Caswell Has Contributed His Music to Mano a Mano for a Number of Years

We are happy to see Joseph recognized for his music, which he has contributed at Mano a Mano events multiple times.

Award Announcement

Caswell group

We have some exciting news. One of the winning ensembles from the 2018 SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition will participate in a major chamber music festival in Mantua, Italy this summer.

Trio Luminoso, a piano trio that won Level B, has been accepted to perform in the Trame Sonore, Mantova Chamber Music Festival, a five-day international chamber music festival that attracts about 300 musicians each summer.

A special program for young chamber music players will take place on Friday, June 1 at the festival. They will perform the complete Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70. They also will attend a master class by Alfred Brendel, a special guest at the festival.

The students are all age 14. They are Emily Kleiber, violin, an eighth-grader at Hudson Middle School in Hudson, Wisconsin; Andrea Wallick, cello, a ninth-grader at Eastview High School in Apple Valley; and Joseph Caswell, piano, an eighthgrader at Lighthouse School in Spring Lake Park. Their coach is Tom Rosenberg, Director of The Chamber Music Academy of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, who coordinate the competition, are grateful to donors who contributed a total of $3,000 toward their travel.

Annette Conklin, Coordinator

2018 SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition

www.spco-ycmc.org

Building a Physical Therapy Cage Out of Pallets

Training Workshop for Physical Therapists in Cochabamba

Over the weekend of March 16-17, 2018, Mano a Mano hosted a training workshop for 40 physical therapists. The primary focus of the workshop was to ensure that people that work at organizations that receive donated medical and orthopedic supplies from Mano a Mano are able to maximize the use of these supplies.

Physical Therapy Workshop at Mano a Mano, March 16-17, 2018.

Physical Therapy Workshop at Mano a Mano, March 16-17, 2018.

Mano a Mano Co-Founder Segundo Velasquez attended the workshop alongside a group of travelers from the US. When he asked the therapists how many of these items they had at their centers, four of four asked said, “none.”  One said, we have a few of these items, but we received them from Mano a Mano. People were very excited about this training, which is the first workshop of its kind that we have done. (Continuing education is a core program of Mano a Mano in topics ranging from health to education to agricultural development.)

Building a Physical Therapy Cage Out of Pallets

Physical Therapy Workshop attendees using the PT cage during a practical section.

Physical Therapy Workshop attendees using the PT cage during a practical section.

In Bolivia, as is the case in many communities & organizations with limited resources, it is essential to maximize what’s available. Part of the Physical Therapy Workshop was a practical section where attendees walked through a few different patient scenarios and what their response would be with the tools available. There were basic PT supplies available that had been shipped to Bolivia from Minnesota, and Mano a Mano staff built a Physical Therapy cage out of pallets that had also been shipped from Minnesota. Pulleys and various attachments could easily be attached depending on the need. As Segundo Velasquez mentioned, the physical therapy cage was “creative, inexpensive and actually extremely critical to carry out therapy work.”

The PT cage is nothing fancy by any means, but is another example of ways that Mano a Mano and the communities that we work with use anything and everything available to fill in the gaps and meet needs in the real world.

#ThrowbackThursday – Transporting Fuel by Boat

#ThrowbackThursday – Transporting Fuel by Boat

In late October 2014, Mano a Mano dedicated a 60-kilometer (37+ miles) road project in El Palmar, Bolivia. This was one of our most challenging projects in our history, and for us was a huge accomplishment to complete.

Project Challenges

The challenges began with simply reaching the site. Travel from Cochabamba to Culpina took 20 hours in a four-wheel drive vehicle. The site itself was only accessible by horseback; transport of heavy equipment to the site took 6-7 days. Equipment operators and mechanics faced months of toil under exceedingly difficult circumstances, combating constant attacks from biting insects, extreme heat, and heavy rains with little opportunity to find protective shelter. Thirty community volunteers worked alongside the operators every day, clearing trees and bush, and delivering fuel. During the rainy season, fuel and other needed items had to be transported across several rivers by boat. (Notice the Minnesota tab on the boat; it was sent to Bolivia in one of our container shipments of donated supplies. Earlier this month volunteers loaded our most recent shipment of more than 85,000 pounds of supplies, which are now en route to Bolivia.)

Using a boat, shipped from Minnesota, to transport fuel across the river for the El Palmar road project.

Using a boat, shipped from Minnesota, to transport fuel across the river for the El Palmar road project.

The Road Connects Many Major Markets in the Region

Now that the road is completed, it connects this region to main roads that travel to Cochabamba, Tarija, and Santa Cruz, each of which are major markets for produce. In addition to Culpina’s residents, 41,000 people have access to the main road to Tarija and are connected to two major cities and two departments of Bolivia.

One of the dedication events for the El Palmar road in late 2014. Check out 58 more pictures on Facebook.

One of the dedication events for the El Palmar road in late 2014. Check out 58 more pictures on Facebook.