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.

DSC07314

 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.

DSC07047

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.

Thanks to Everyone Involved With Our Festival Bolivia 2016 Event Last Saturday

Thanks to Everyone Involved With Our Festival Bolivia 2016 Event Last Saturday

A huge THANK YOU to everyone that attended our 7th annual ‘Festival Bolivia 2016: Back to Our Roots’ event on Saturday night! We had a lot of fun, and we also raised the most funds ever! More to come in the next few days, but we just wanted to thank everyone that was a part of this, and is a part of Mano a Mano; we seriously couldn’t do this without you.

Festival Bolivia 2016 - Back to Our Roots Event at Earle Brown Heritage Center, April 23rd, 2016.

Festival Bolivia 2016 – Back to Our Roots Event at Earle Brown Heritage Center, April 23rd, 2016.

Reducing Waste in Minnesota, Improving Lives in Bolivia

The theme of our event was our surplus program, and we debuted this video on Saturday night:

Mano a Mano collects surplus supplies at its St. Paul, Minnesota warehouse and distributes them in Bolivia to Mano a Mano projects, other organizations, and people in need. Watch interviews from Minnesota volunteers that sort & pack these donated supplies, and people in Bolivia that have benefited directly from these supplies – ranging from large hospitals that receive x-ray machines to people in need of a wheelchair.

This simple idea – of saving supplies destined for landfills in the US and sending them to Bolivia, where we knew they were needed and could be put to good use – was the program that started Mano a Mano more than 20 years ago. Since 1994, Mano a Mano has distributed more than 3.5 million pounds of supplies throughout Bolivia.

Video credit: William Wroblewski

Monday Motivation – Commitment of the Communities

Monday Motivation – Commitment of the Communities

It’s very inspiring to see the commitment of the communities we partner with, and how hard they are willing to work to make their projects a reality. None of our projects would be possible without them!

This photo was posted on Mano a Mano’s Instagram page.

6 Reasons To Attend ‘Back to Our Roots’ Event on April 23rd (Tickets Available Until Tuesday, April 19th)

 6 Reasons To Attend ‘Back to Our Roots’ Event on April 23rd (Tickets Available Until Tuesday, April 19th)

Join Mano a Mano on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 for our 7th annual event ‘Festival Bolivia 2016 – Back to Our Roots: Branching Out to Our MN Neighbors’ at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Get your tickets soon – they are only available for a few more days!

YOU CAN BUY TICKETS HERE

Here are 6 reasons to attend:

  1. Book Release of La Familia: An International Love Story
  2. Silent Auction
  3. Entertainment by 4 Musical Groups
  4. Interactive Display from Metro State Students, Wine Pull, Photo Booth
  5. Video Interview With Surplus Program Beneficiaries in Bolivia
  6. Have a Fun Night, Support Mano a Mano

Book Release of ‘La Familia: An International Love Story’ by Mary Martin

Author Mary Martin will be reading excerpts from her new book about Mano a Mano’s co-founders Joan & Segundo Velasquez, with the book release event preceding the main event on April 23rd (4.30-5.30p – $15 to attend the book release event, which you can do on its own or combined with the proceeding main event). She will also be reading from the book during the main event. The book is based on her three years of interviewing and weaving Mano a Mano’s stories into a lovely, inspiring tapestry. La Familia provides a moving account of childhood challenges, intercultural pitfalls, and the ultimate creation of grassroots international partnership at its best.

Silent Auction – Many Great Items Available This Year

There are a lot of  great items available in the Silent Auction ranging from small to large this year, from gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses; to dinner and Spanish lessons with our co-founders; to tickets to the Lynx, Gophers Football, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; to a hand-built rowboat! All items were donated, and all proceeds directly benefit Mano a Mano. A big thank-you to everyone that has contributed to the Silent Auction!

The rowboat, built by hand by Tony Schmitz, is coming along nicely.

The rowboat, built by hand by Tony Schmitz, is coming along nicely.

Entertainment By 4 Musical Groups

We will have 4 different musicians/groups performing this year:

    • Minnetonka Woodwind Quartet
    • Rico Duran
    • Joseph Caswell (check out his Youtube video below!)
    • Trio Giovani

Interactive Display from Metro State Students, Wine Pull, Photo Booth

From 5.30-7p, sip on cocktails and mingle with friends as you bid on silent auction items, engage in the Surplus Program interactive display created by students from Metro State, and have fun with the wine pull, photo booth, and other activities. Entertainment provided by Joseph Caswell.

Video Interview With Surplus Program Beneficiaries in Bolivia

During the dinner & program from 7-9p, learn more about the Medical Surplus Program, which has engaged Minnesotans in many different ways for over 20 years. Hear from Mano a Mano’s Executive Director Nate Knatterud-Hubinger & Co-Founder Segundo Velasquez, and watch a video from our most recent distribution event in November 2015, with interviews from some of the many people that benefit from the surplus program.

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

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

Dinner Menu:

  • Salad: beet salad, arugula, radish, feta, citrus vinaigrette
  • Entree: grilled filet mignon with a dijon-caper sauce, rosemary mashed potatoes, asparagus, and caramelized pearl onions; Vegetarian Pre-Order: wild mushroom ravioli
  • Dessert: white cake with a raspberry filling, lemon buttercream.

Have a Fun Night, Support Mano a Mano

This is 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 are focusing 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 70,000 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 up 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; we are hoping to get this next shipment en route.

Buy Tickets Soon – Only Available Until Tuesday, April 19th

We hope to see you there! There are only a few days left to buy tickets if you’re interested, which you can order via the Eventbrite form below. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Warehouse for Surplus is Complete

Warehouse for Surplus is Complete

Mano a Mano volunteer Ray W. is currently in Bolivia, and has been sending updates during his time there. Much of the work over the past few weeks has been dedicated to unloading the 99,000 pounds of supplies that recently arrived in Cochabamba.

As of today the warehouse is finished…except for glass windows at a later date. I still am amazed….if I can say it one more time….at the skill of Mano a Mano staff. Bars on windows, to keep out would be intruders, were all handmade with raw steel and welding torch on site in three days….try to get that back home these days…giggle.. But equally amazing are the other staff and volunteers. I’ve been matching their energy and hours but I’m not sure I could keep it up for the long haul. Yesterday for example the volunteers worked their day jobs and then came into Mano a Mano to work from 7 – 10:30pm…getting home by 11pm. Yesterday was somewhere around a 14 hour day for me and today 10 hours by the time I rolled back into my living space. And this has been going on for 2 weeks now.

But check out the new warehouse space. I can’t imagine how they sorted without all the tables that came along with this shipment! Here’s a big thumbs up to all the Bolivian Mano a Mano staff and volunteers!!!

Pictures From the Warehouse – Organizing Supplies

11244571_1305675309447548_7391454197314455355_n

12936619_1305674996114246_7674800796626015410_n

12920297_1305674622780950_8862250470300659535_n

12920306_1305674299447649_817491569758828142_n

12112517_1305673699447709_6518534044743578373_n

What Does Mano a Mano Do With All of These Supplies?

In our Minnesota office, Mano a Mano volunteers collect surplus supplies from hospitals and other organizations to ship to Bolivia. Once supplies arrive in Cochabamba, they are sorted and organized (the process currently underway over the past few weeks) in preparation for distribution all across Bolivia – to Mano a Mano projects, other organizations, and individual Bolivians in need. Most of these supplies go to our network of 155 clinic projects throughout Bolivia, overseen by our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, whose office is on the same plot of land as this warehouse (3 of Mano a Mano’s 4 counterpart organizations in Cochabamba are located on the same site; the only one that is not there is Mano a Mano Aviation which has a hangar at the airport).

To distribute to other organizations, Mano a Mano periodically hosts distribution events, where other organizations are invited to come to Mano a Mano’s site and pick up supplies; the last distribution event was in November 2015 when over 40,000 pounds of supplies were distributed (check out pictures from the distribution here).

Distribution event in November 2015 at the Mano a Mano hangar in Cochabamba, Bolivia of supplies sent from Minnesota.

Distribution event in November 2015 at the Mano a Mano hangar in Cochabamba, Bolivia of supplies sent from Minnesota.