Over the past week, Mano a Mano volunteers have worked hard to load 4 40-foot containers with more than 45 tons – 91,556 pounds – of medical supplies and equipment at our Minnesota warehouse. These containers are now en route to Bolivia, where Mano a Mano will distribute them to people and organizations in need throughout the country. Since 1994, we have distributed over 4 million pounds of supplies and equipment.

No Wasted Space In Our Container Shipments

Mano a Mano Volunteer Warehouse Manager Ray making sure there is no wasted space!
One of the four containers filled; each container includes more than 20,000 pounds of donated supplies and equipment.

Shipment Details

  • The 4 containers have 91,556 pounds of supplies and equipment. Almost all of these supplies are donations from people and organizations in the Twin Cities to Mano a Mano; the vast majority would end up in our local Minnesota landfills.
  • More than 2,600 boxes of medical supplies are being shipped.
  • There is always a lot of mobility equipment in our shipments. These containers include 245 wheelchairs, 800 pairs of crutches, and 1,158 canes, among many other mobility items.
  • Some of the supplies are being shipped in crates made from the excess plywood used by many Twin Cities businesses during demonstrations over the past month. KSTP ran a story about it here.
  • We were happy to help another Midwest nonprofit that works in Bolivia ship some of their supplies in these containers.

Thanks Volunteers!

Loading containers is always a lot of hard work. These 4 containers were made more difficult as we limited the number of volunteers to maintain safe distancing. We are sincerely grateful to the people that made this work over the past week, and to the hundreds of people that picked up or dropped off supplies and helped sort and pack everything over the past 6+ months in preparation for this shipment! Once everything arrives in Bolivia, it is the same story in reverse: Mano a Mano staff and volunteers will start the challenging work of unloading supplies at our Cochabamba warehouse, organizing them, and distributing them on a near-daily basis for the next few months.

Medical Supply Distributions in Bolivia & Minnesota: March-June 2020

One of the many recent distributions of supplies Mano a Mano has made in recent weeks in the department of Beni, Bolivia.

Every Dollar Donated Distributes $15 of Supplies

All of the supplies that we ship to Bolivia are distributed to people in need, for free. We want to ensure that these supplies go to those that are most in need; they simply don’t have the resources to purchase these items. To be able to donate these supplies to people in need, Mano a Mano depends on your support. If you would like to help, you can make a donation here.