New School Underway in Guitarrani, Bolivia

New School Underway in Guitarrani, Bolivia A new school project in the community of Guitarrani, Bolivia is about 35% complete! The project will include 3 classrooms, a teacher housing unit, and bathrooms. The new school will be a much more comfortable learning environment for the students, and a more comfortable working environment for the teachers. Guitarrani […]

Culturally Competent Social Work Practice

Culturally Competent Social Work Practice This presentation on working bi-culturally and providing culturally competent social work practice was given by Mano a Mano co-founder Joan Velasquez, Ph.D. to a Twin Cities-area clinic recently. Joan’s social work background has had a huge influence on Mano a Mano’s community-based partnership model; as Joan says: “Mano a Mano’s […]

My Speech From Mano a Mano’s Festival Bolivia 2016

My Speech From Mano a Mano’s Festival Bolivia 2016 At Mano a Mano’s event in late April 2016, I talked a little bit about my journey with Mano a Mano – about how I started here more than 10 years ago, and why I’m still here. I wanted to post it here for people that […]

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. A photo […]

Everything Starts With the Community

Everything Starts With the Community Everything that Mano a Mano does starts with the community – hand in hand. They come to us to ask for our help on projects that they have identified, they provide a percentage of the project’s costs (along with the Municipality), they provide volunteer labor throughout construction, and they take […]

Nice Video About Open Road

Nice Video About Open Road Open Road Alliance partners with high achieving non-profit organization to turn unforeseen circumstances into positive impact. It “is a private philanthropic initiative that provides grant capital to non-profits for mid-implementation projects facing an unexpected roadblock or a sudden catalytic opportunity.” (Check out their website for more information.) They just put […]

The Margaret Eyre School Project

The Margaret Eyre School Project About a year ago, Mano a Mano friends Richard and Susan Eyre started working on raising funds to build a school in honor of Richard’s mother – Margaret Eyre. Richard and Susan have been amazing supporters of Mano a Mano and extremely active – appearing on radio shows, hosting craft […]

A Look Back at What We Did in 2014 – Mano a Mano 2014 Annual Report

Mano a Mano 2014 Annual Report In many ways 2014 was a milestone year for Mano a Mano – we celebrated our 20th anniversary, completed our 50th school project and are closing in on our 150th clinic project, dedicated one of the most challenging projects to date (a 37-mile road in El Palmar, Bolivia), and shipped […]

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 […]

Mano a Mano’s Development Model and Amartya Sen

The following is a guest post by Mano a Mano intern Jesse Flanagan. If this post is of interest, be sure to check back over the next few weeks, as our book Gaining Ground: A Blueprint for Community-Based International Development, will be available soon! Gaining Ground details Mano a Mano’s grassroots, community-based approach to development and […]