Thanks St. Thomas Volunteers!

Thank you to the students from the University of St. Thomas for coming in yesterday to sort and pack medical supplies!

St. Thomas volunteers in the Mano a Mano warehouse.

St. Thomas volunteers in the Mano a Mano warehouse.

This group recently sorted and inventoried medical supplies donated from the US for three weeks in a hospital in Guatemala with a missions organization. They knew everything about the supplies they were sorting and did such a fast and excellent job!

Thank you!

Gaining Ground is Here!

Mano a Mano’s book, Gaining Ground: A Blueprint for Community-Based International Development, is now available!

Gaining Ground: A Blueprint for Community-Based International Development

Gaining Ground: A Blueprint for Community-Based International Development

More Details and Book Purchase Information

To learn more about the book, and how to purchase, please CLICK THIS LINK to go to the book page on our website.

You can also directly purchase the book here on the Beaver’s Pond Press website.

20th Anniversary Celebration Results

Last Saturday, April 12, Mano a Mano celebrated 20 years in operation at the DS Event Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. More than 320 Mano a Mano supporters attended, along with 5 staff from our counterpart organizations in Bolivia.

Staff from Mano a Mano's counterpart organization in Bolivia traveled to Minnesota for the celebration.

Staff from Mano a Mano’s counterpart organizations in Bolivia traveled to Minnesota for the celebration.

20th Anniversary Celebration Results

As part of the celebration, our goal was to raise enough funding to build a school in Bolivia. And, thanks to everyone that attended, we exceeded our goal!

Mano a Mano's 20th Anniversary Celebration on April 12, 2014.

Mano a Mano’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on April 12, 2014.

This was Mano a Mano’s 5th consecutive year of holding a celebration/gala in April, and each year we have been successful in raising enough money to build a much-needed project in Bolivia.

 Event Photos

Below is a slideshow of photos from the event (thanks to Mano a Mano volunteer Charles Skrief for taking the pictures!).

You can also check out these event photos, with descriptions, on Facebook and Google+.

Making a Difference in Rural Bolivia

As part of the event, we also showed a video highlighting Bolivians from rural areas talking about the impact that Mano a Mano projects have had for them and their communities (special thanks to William Wroblewski for making the video).

20th Anniversary Celebration Video

On Saturday night, Mano a Mano celebrated our 20th year in operation with food, Bolivian-inspired music from Leo and Kathy Lara, and the release of Gaining Ground, Mano a Mano’s new book!

As part of the event, we also showed a video highlighting Bolivians from rural areas talking about the impact that Mano a Mano projects have had for them and their communities (special thanks to William Wroblewski for making the video).

Making a Difference in Rural Bolivia

Thanks!

We were happy to have 320+ Mano a Mano supporters and 5 of our staff members from Bolivia in attendance; thanks to everyone that made the event a fun and successful night! We’ll be sharing more details about the event in the coming days and weeks.

Thanks Medtronic Talent Acquisition Department Volunteers!

Thanks Medtronic Talent Acquisition Department Volunteers!

What an awesome day we had at Mano a Mano yesterday! We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Medtronic Talent Acquisition Department for a great day sorting and packing medical supplies. We got so much work done!

Medtronic Talent Acquisition Department Volunteers

Medtronic Talent Acquisition Department Volunteers

Pizza from Sunrise Flour Mill

Another enormous thank you to Darrold & Marty Glanville from the Sunrise Flour Mill for coming out with their portable wood burning oven and making delicious organic pizzas for lunch after we spent several hours in the warehouse working up an appetite.

Volunteers taking a pizza break.

Volunteers taking a pizza break.

Staff from Bolivia in Minnesota

We were very privileged today to have three of our Bolivian staff (Blanca Velasquez, Camila Garcia, and Boris Rodriguez), who are in town for our 20th Anniversary Celebration, to share the day with us!

Mano a Mano staff members Camila (agronomist with Mano a Mano Internacional) and Boris (engineer with Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo) are in Minnesota for the next 2 weeks!

Mano a Mano staff members Camila (agronomist with Mano a Mano Internacional) and Boris (engineer with Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo) are in Minnesota for the next 2 weeks!

Thanks Mano a Mano Volunteers!

And another big thank you to our A-team volunteers, Bob Lundgren, Ray Wiedmeyer, Mark Petzoldt, and Tracy Gittins for coming out to help facilitate the event!

What a fun day to share with you all! Thank you!

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