Flying the Mano a Mano Navajo Plane

Flying the Mano a Mano Navajo Plane

We were very happy to have Mano a Mano Aviation pilot Ivo Daniel Martinez and his wife Carolina with us in the Minnesota office a few weeks ago!

The Mano a Mano hangar, at the Jorge Wilstermann airport in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The Mano a Mano hangar, at the Jorge Wilstermann airport in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

These are just a few pictures from the Aviation program based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which focuses on providing emergency air rescues (we provided 482 people with emergency flights in 2014) and also transports people and supplies, such as distributing surplus wheelchairs and walkers a few weeks ago, or air-dropping food and basic supplies during heavy flooding in 2014.

The vast majority of our flights are to the department of Beni, Bolivia.

The vast majority of our flights are to the department of Beni, Bolivia.

You can learn more about the aviation program here.

Providing emergency air rescues is the primary focus of the aviation program.

Providing emergency air rescues is the primary focus of the aviation program.

More Pictures on Facebook

More pictures from the aviation program are on Facebook.

El Palmar Road Project – Almost a Year Ago

El Palmar Road Project – Almost a Year Ago

It’s been almost a year since 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.

Mano a Mano arriving in El Palmar for the dedication of the road in October 2014.

Mano a Mano arriving in El Palmar for the dedication of the road in October 2014.

Thanks to everyone that collaborated with Mano a Mano to make this project happen, from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo that oversaw the project design and construction, to the Municipality of Culpina, to the communities themselves!

Video Credit: William Wroblewski
This project continues to have a huge impact, with new projects being built along the road in recent months; we also distributed supplies to the Culpina Hospital and community residents when Mano a Mano staff was in the area for a site visit a few weeks ago.

Supplies to distribute in Culpina, Bolivia in July 2015.

Supplies to distribute in Culpina, Bolivia in July 2015.

Free Pizza at our Volunteer Appreciation Get-Together on September 12th

Free Pizza at our Volunteer Appreciation Get-Together on September 12th

We will be having a volunteer appreciation picnic at the Mano a Mano office/warehouse, as a thanks for everyone that contributes to Mano a Mano and helps make our work successful. Whether you are a long-time volunteer or donor, or you’re interested in becoming involved in the future, you are welcome to stop by!

There will be free pizza, courtesy of Darrold Glanville from Sunrise Flour Mill and his mobile wood-fired pizza oven. Hope to see you there!

Darrold providing pizza at a volunteer event with Medtronic at Mano a Mano in April 2014.

Darrold providing pizza at a volunteer event with Medtronic at Mano a Mano in April 2014.

Loading 4 Containers for Shipment to Bolivia September 10th-12th

The get-together is taking place right after we wrap up loading 4 containers of surplus supplies for shipment to Bolivia; for more information about container loading click here.

Upcoming Events – Shipping Containers, Volunteer Get-Together, 2016 Event at Earle Brown

Upcoming Events – Shipping Containers in September, Volunteer Get-Together, 2016 Event at Earle Brown

You are invited for 3 upcoming Mano a Mano events (more information about each event below):

  • September 10-12, 2015 – Shipping 4 containers of surplus supplies from St. Paul to Bolivia
    • Where: Mano a Mano Office, 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104 (map available here)
  • September 12, 2015 – Volunteer Appreciation Get-Together, 12p-3p
    • Where: Mano a Mano Office, 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104 (map available here)
  • April 23, 2016 – 7th Annual Mano a Mano celebration
    • Where: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

We Need Volunteers to Help Load Supplies September 10-12

We are planning to ship around 100,000 pounds of surplus supplies that have been donated and collected at our St. Paul warehouse, for shipment and distribution in Bolivia, on Thu-Sat, Sept 10-12. Learn more about our surplus program and why it’s so important.

We are looking for volunteers at any of the following times:

  • Thursday, September 10, 1p-5p
  • Friday, September 11, 9a-noon and 1p-5p
  • Saturday, September 12, 9a-noon

If you plan on coming, please RSVP with Carmen Paredes Dockry: carmen@manoamano.org

Loading wheelchairs as part of our last shipment to Bolivia in November 2014.

Loading wheelchairs as part of our last shipment to Bolivia in November 2014. CLICK HERE for more pictures from the last container loading.

Donating wheelchairs and walkers in Culpina, July 2015. These supplies were part of our most recent shipment of 75,000 pounds in November 2014.

Donating wheelchairs and walkers in Culpina, July 2015. These supplies were part of our most recent shipment of 75,000 pounds in November 2014.

Volunteer Appreciation Get-Together – September 12, Noon-3p

Immediately after we wrap up our container loading, we will be having a volunteer appreciation picnic at the Mano a Mano office/warehouse, as a thanks for everyone that contributes to Mano a Mano and helps make our work successful.

  • WHAT - Mano a Mano Volunteer Appreciation Get-Together
  • WHERE - 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104 (map available here)
  • WHEN - 12pm—3:00pm on Saturday, September 12th, 2015
  • BRING – Side dish, drink, or dessert to share (completely optional)

Save the Date: 7th Annual Mano a Mano Celebration on April 23, 2016 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center

We had so much fun at our last event in April that we’ve already booked the Earle Brown Heritage Center again!

Mark your calendar for the evening of April 23rd, 2016. We will be sharing more information about the event in the coming months.

We hope you can make it to some of these events!

Water Already Collecting in Wirkini Reservoir

Water Already Collecting in Wirkini Reservoir

Our Wirkini Water Reservoir is finally showing – physically – the tremendous amount of work Mano a Mano has invested in this project (in reality, all water projects are very time consuming).

Water is already starting to fill in the reservoir basin.

Water is already starting to fill in the reservoir basin.

In Wirkini, we have worked for a long time on the foundation and below ground level, digging down almost 20 feet throughout the location where the reservoir levee would be built. Once the digging was completed we started replacing the black soil with the proper mixture of clay, sand, and dirt. This material with the right amount of moisture was compacted using a sheep’s foot vibro compactor every 4-5 inches. Now the levee is going up and up.

Mano a Mano & the Community Working Together

The community of Wirkini has been working hard right alongside Mano a Mano workers.

Mano a Mano staff and community volunteers installing tubing at the Wirkini water reservoir project site.

Mano a Mano staff and community volunteers installing tubing at the Wirkini water reservoir project site.

They can now begin to see the results of their hard work. They are excited to have access to the water. They can see the water collecting in the future reservoir basin, “aguas arriba’ as they say in Bolivia.

Farmers have already decided they will learn alternate ways of irrigating their fields – not just the flooding method. They want to maximize the water they plan to have for the first time in their lives.

Mano a Mano heavy equipment working on the Wirkini reservoir.

Mano a Mano heavy equipment working on the Wirkini reservoir.

More Information About Wirkini Water Reservoir

Wirkini, Bolivia.

Wirkini, Bolivia.