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49 Emergency Air Rescues in August
Mano a Mano’s aviation program transported 49 people to emergency care in the month of August. The vast majority of these flights are going from our hangar in Cochabamba to the department of Beni, located in the Amazon region of Bolivia.
Weekend Health Clinics in Beni Department
In addition to providing emergency air rescues, Mano a Mano Aviation also coordinates weekend health clinics for isolated communities, primarily in the department of Beni.
Below are a few photos from a recent weekend health clinic in August 2014. These weekend health clinics are a collaboration between two of Mano a Mano’s counterpart organizations; Mano a Mano Bolivia provides volunteer medical professionals and supplies, and Mano a Mano Aviation provides the transportation.
In 2013, Mano a Mano Bolivia participated in 27 weekend health clinics (Mano a Mano Aviation also provided transportation and coordinated an additional 15 weekend health clinics, for a total of 42 weekend health clinics supported by Mano a Mano last year).
Mano a Mano Aviation Program
Since the aviation program began in 2005, Mano a Mano has provided 2,461 emergency flights and 217 weekend health clinics.
Recent Emergency Flights
Here are just a few of our emergency flights in recent years:
- First Flights of 2014
- Airlifting a motorcyclist in Tupiza with a shattered knee
- Emergency Air Rescue for Injured Dakar Rally Racer
- Emergency Flight for Two Children in San Lorenzo
- Airlifting a newborn child in Oruro with a heart problem
Oxford Development Abroad (ODA) is a student group at the University of Oxford that partners with nonprofits around the world, spends the academic year raising funds for their trip and for a selected project with the organization, and then spends 6 weeks or more volunteering with the organization on the project they have contributed funding to. This year’s project was to assist Mano a Mano’s agronomists at our Center for Ecological Agriculture on a biosand water filter project that would then be implemented in the community of Jironkota, about a 2-hour drive from Cochabamba.
This was Mano a Mano’s 3rd year partnering with ODA; thanks for working with us again, and we look forward to doing more in the future! (And thanks to ODA volunteer Odette Chalaby for sharing these pics with us!)