Mano a Mano in Mitchell Hamline Law Magazine

Mano a Mano in Mitchell Hamline Law Magazine

Christine Ver Ploeg, Mitchell Hamline Professor Emerita and Mano a Mano Boardmember, was recently featured in the Mitchell Hamline Law Magazine about her work with Mano a Mano. Read a PDF of the interview here.

Mano a Mano Board and Staff getting together for a Holiday Party in 2017 (Chris Ver Ploeg is 3rd from the left).

5 Most Popular Posts of 2018

5 Most Popular Posts of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we want to share what have been the most viewed posts at manoamano.org. This has been a busy and productive year, and thank you to everyone that has been a part of Mano a Mano!

1. A Look Back At What We Did in 2017 – Mano a Mano 2017 Annual Report

Volunteers gave 18,979 hours of their time to Mano a Mano in 2017.

Mano a Mano’s Annual Report detailing what we accomplished, working together, was our most popular post of 2018. Click here to check out our work in 2017.

2. A Story of Home Coming

Ray returning the Ceremonial Pipe to the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association.

Mano a Mano volunteer Ray Wiedmeyer shared this story of returning a Ceremonial Pipe we received in a donation of supplies to the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association.

3. Mano a Mano Speaker Series: Caroline Doenmez on October 9th

Caroline Doenmez speaking at Mano a Mano in October 2018.

Mano a Mano kicked off our monthly Speaker Series in March 2018. Caroline Doenmez, PhD student in the Anthropology Department at the University of Minnesota, discussed “Beginning Again In Our Bodies: Indigenous Women Reclaiming Birth” in October.

4. Remembering David Hussman

Nate Knatterud-Hubinger and David Hussman at Mano a Mano’s annual event in 2010.

David Hussman, founder of DevJam in Minneapolis and a strong supporter of Mano a Mano, passed away in August after being diagnosed with lung cancer the year before. We wrote this post remembering him, along with links to a few other local articles. 

5. Mano a Mano’s New Plane – First Flight

Mano a Mano’s new addition to our aviation program, at Fleming Field in South St. Paul, Minnesota, preparing for a test flight on July 13, 2018.

On July 13, 2018, Mano a Mano staff, board members, and supporters went to Fleming Field in South St. Paul, Minnesota for the first flight in our new plane. Watch a video from that day and learn how this plane helps our aviation program in Bolivia providing emergency flights.

Thanks Stradis Healthcare

Thanks Stradis Healthcare

Thanks Stradis Healthcare for sending a truckload of drapes, instruments, and medical supplies to Mano a Mano! We unloaded 11,093 pounds of supplies at our warehouse in St. Paul yesterday. And thank you to Jeff Milne for picking everything up in Illinois and driving it to Mano a Mano!

These supplies will be sent to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people & organizations in need throughout the country. In 2018, Mano a Mano has sent 8 40-foot containers with 166,607 pounds of recovered resources from Minnesota to Bolivia.

Mano a Mano unloading supplies from Stradis Healthcare, December 18, 2018.

Distributing Supplies to 26 Organizations in Bolivia on December 17, 2018

On Monday, Mano a Mano staff & volunteers distributed supplies to 26 organizations that came to our warehouse in Cochabamba, Bolivia to receive supplies.

Mano a Mano staff & volunteers preparing supplies for a distribution event on December 17, 2018 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The amount & type of supplies received varies depending on the level of the organization/facility in the Bolivian healthcare system: a Level One facility receives 10 boxes of medical supplies, 5  boxes of miscellaneous orthopedic items, and an assortment of wheel chairs, walkers with wheels, regular walkers, crutches, canes, etc. Level Two receives 45-50 boxes of medical supplies, 5-10 boxes of orthopedic-related supplies (boots), and assorted mobility equipment; Level Three receives 65-70 boxes of medical supplies, 5-10 boxes of orthopedic-related supplies, and assorted mobility equipment.

The supplies we received from Stradis yesterday will be shipped to Bolivia for distribution in an event like we hosted this week.

8 Containers Shipped in 2018

This year, Mano a Mano has shipped 166,607 pounds of donated supplies. Once they arrive in Bolivia, they are organized and re-sorted by our Bolivian staff & volunteers.

They are then distributed in different ways:

Large Distribution Events (Like Monday’s Distribution)

Large distribution event in Cochabamba in June 2018.

Bringing Supplies to Communities Outside of Cochabamba

Distributing supplies to health centers in Punata, September 27, 2018.

Donating a Few Items at a Time at our Cochabamba Warehouse

Donating a wheelchair at Mano a Mano’s warehouse, December 2018

Video: Distributing Supplies from Minnesota to Bolivia

Check out the video below for a better idea of Mano a Mano’s surplus program:

2018 in Pictures

2018 in Pictures

Check out just a few of Mano a Mano’s projects from 2018:

What We Have Done Together in 2018

In 2018, we supported Mano a Mano’s network of over 600 infrastructure projects, and continue to complete new projects that improve the lives of Bolivian communities. Together, we have:

Two Containers of Recovered Resources En Route to Bolivia

Two Containers of Recovered Resources En Route to Bolivia

This morning, two containers filled with recovered resources (medical supplies, school supplies, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, and other items) were picked up to start their journey from Mano a Mano’s St. Paul, Minnesota warehouse to our warehouse in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

These supplies will be distributed to people & organizations in need throughout Bolivia.

Mano a Mano volunteers loading the 2 containers with 41,559 pounds of supplies over the past week.

8 Containers Shipped in 2018

This year, Mano a Mano has shipped 166,607 pounds of donated supplies. Once they arrive in Bolivia, they are organized and re-sorted by our Bolivian staff & volunteers. This shipment was made possible by the success of Mano a Mano’s Festival 2018 event in September.

They are then distributed in different ways:

Large Distribution Events

Large distribution event in Cochabamba in June 2018.

Bringing Supplies to Communities Outside of Cochabamba

Distributing supplies to health centers in Punata, September 27, 2018.

Donating a Few Items at a Time at our Cochabamba Warehouse

Donating a wheelchair at Mano a Mano’s warehouse, December 2018

Video: Distributing Supplies from Minnesota to Bolivia

Check out the video below for a better idea of Mano a Mano’s surplus program: