Pena Colorada School is Complete

Pena Colorada School is Now Complete

With funds raised through the Nino a Nino Project, Mano a Mano recently completed a large school project in Pena Colorada, Bolivia! The new Pena Colorada school is a 2-story building with 10 fully-furnished classrooms, community bathrooms (with 2 showers and 6 bathrooms), and 2 laundry stations. It was dedicated on December 22, 2014. This school was Mano a Mano’s 51st education project in Bolivia (it was dedicated on the same day as Mano a Mano’s 52nd education project – a 10-classroom school in Esmeralda, a community located in the same municipality of Omereque).

The dedication was a big event for the community. Local leaders told Mano a Mano that ‘this is how we should be working’ – construction took four months from start to finish (construction began on August 8th, 2014), the classrooms were fully furnished (as with all Mano a Mano projects), and the total cost of the project was much less than it would have been with a commercial contractor while still being high-quality.

Dedication brochure for Pena Colorada school.

Dedication brochure for Pena Colorada school.

Pena Colorada

Pena Colorada is a community of about 500 people in the municipality of Omereque, department of Cochabamba, Bolivia – about a 4.5-hour drive from the city of Cochabamba.

The new school will be a much more comfortable learning environment for the 200 students in Pena Colorada and the surrounding areas, and a more comfortable working environment for the teachers.

Mano a Mano Projects in Omereque

The school joins the health clinic that Mano a Mano built in Esmeralda in 2013, the new school in Esmeralda dedicated on the same day as Pena Colorada, and the many other projects that we have built in the Municipality of Omereque.

Working Together to Make These Projects Possible

Every project that Mano a Mano does, including this school in Pena Colorada, depends on many people working together (read more about our partnership model here). The Pena Colorada School project was a collaboration with:

  • Gobierno Autonomo Departamental de Cochabamba
  • Gobierno Autonomo Municipal de Omereque
  • our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia
  • Funding from the Nino a Nino Project
  • the communities of Pena Colorada

Pena Colorada School Construction Photos

Pena Colorada took 4 months from start to finish.

Pena Colorada took 4 months from start to finish.

Thanks!

Thanks to everyone that was involved in making this project possible!


Volunteer Opportunities in February

Volunteer Opportunities in February

Mano a Mano currently has 6 volunteer opportunities scheduled for February 2015:

  • Tuesday – Soup and Sort – Soup and Sort from 05:00 – 08:00p. From 05:00- 06:00 is time to gather for a bowl of soup and 06:00-08:00 for sorting donated supplies for shipment to Bolivia.
    • February 3
    • February 10
  • Friday Sorting from 03:00 – 05:00 pm
    • February 6
    • February 13
    • February 20
    • February 27

All volunteer events listed take place at the Mano a Mano office – 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104 (click here for a map).

We hope to see you there! Any questions please email Karen – karen@manoamano.org.

Sorting Supplies

Mano a Mano collects donated supplies from the Twin Cities and ships them to Bolivia, where they are distributed by our counterpart organizations to support our network of projects and also given to other organizations that work with those in need throughout Bolivia. Almost all of the supplies we receive are destined for Minnesota landfills; with this program we are able to reduce waste in the US and make a difference in Bolivia.

One of our biggest volunteer needs is help collecting, sorting, and packing these donated supplies to get them ready to ship to Bolivia, which we do 2-3 times a year. Each year we collect and ship between 100,000-200,000 pounds of supplies – medical supplies and equipment, school supplies, tools and construction supplies, office supplies, and others.

Mano a Mano Events Calendar

All Mano a Mano activities, volunteer opportunities, and other events like these are listed on our Calendar on our website; CLICK HERE to view the calendar.

Esmeralda School is Complete

Esmeralda School is Now Complete

With funds raised at Mano a Mano’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in April 2014, Mano a Mano recently completed a large school project in Esmeralda, Bolivia! The new Esmeralda school is a 2-story building with 10 fully-furnished classrooms, community bathrooms (with 2 showers and 6 bathrooms), and 2 laundry stations. It was dedicated on December 22, 2014. This school was Mano a Mano’s 52nd education project in Bolivia.

Brochure from Esmeralda Dedication on December 22, 2014.

Brochure from Esmeralda Dedication on December 22, 2014.

Esmeralda

Esmeralda is a community of about 1,000 people in the municipality of Omereque, department of Cochabamba, Bolivia – about a 4-hour drive from the city of Cochabamba.

Esmeralda School

Esmeralda School

The new school will be a much more comfortable learning environment for the 325 students in Esmeralda and the surrounding areas, and a more comfortable working environment for the teachers.

 

The school joins the health clinic that Mano a Mano built in Esmeralda in 2013 and the many other projects that we have built in the Municipality of Omereque.

Working Together to Make These Projects Possible

Every project that Mano a Mano does, including this school in Esmeralda, depends on many people working together (read more about our partnership model here). The Esmeralda School project was a collaboration with:

  • Gobierno Autonomo Departamental de Cochabamba
  • Gobierno Autonomo Municipal de Omereque
  • our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia
  • Funding from our 20th Anniversary Celebration in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • the communities of Esmeralda

Esmeralda School Construction Photos

Esmeralda school construction.

Esmeralda school construction.

Thanks!

Thanks to everyone that was involved in making this project possible!

8th International Acute Care Conference Coming Up in March

8th International Acute Care Conference Coming Up in March 2015

Mano a Mano’s 8th International Acute Care Conference is coming up soon! This year’s conference will take place March 17-19 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Practical session from the International Acute Care Conference in 2011.

Practical session from the International Acute Care Conference in 2011.

These health education conferences for Bolivian medical professionals are a collaboration between our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia and Medical Educators for Latin America (MELA)  in St. Paul; each event usually has 300-400 attendees. You can learn more about our health education programs here.

Banner for this year's conference.

Banner for this year’s conference.

Photos from Previous Conferences

Mano a Mano Interview on WBEZ Worldview Radio

This afternoon Mano a Mano co-founder Segundo Velasquez was interviewed by WBEZ Worldview for its Global Activism segment.

You can listen to the interview on SoundCloud (the Mano a Mano portion starts at the 30:00 minute mark; HERE is the link on the Soundcloud site):

Mano a Mano Interview on WBEZ Worldview Radio