We are grateful to our staff and volunteers; our supporters; and the communities and municipal governments that we partner with. Working together, and despite the many challenges, we continue to create partnerships that improve health and increase economic well-being for Bolivian communities in need. As 2021 comes to a close, check out the 5 most viewed posts on our website from this past year.

Here are a few other recent highlight posts:

5 Most Popular Posts of 2021 (click the headline for linked posts)

Check out 85+ photos from 2021 here.

1. Halfway Through 2021: Mano a Mano Mid-Year Update

Here is a brief update about each of our major programs; although the first half of 2021 (and 2020 before it) has been extremely challenging, Mano a Mano continues distributing medical supplies, providing emergency flights, and building new health, education, water, and agricultural infrastructure projects in partnership with local communities in Bolivia.

2. Working Around the Pandemic: Mano a Mano 2020 Annual Report

Mano a Mano distributing medical supplies for COVID support in Beni. May-June 2020.

Despite the challenges of 2020, Mano a Mano continued with our mission of creating partnerships with impoverished Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic well-being. Learn more about each of our major programs and its work last year at the link.

3. What Does Mano a Mano Do?

3 of Mano a Mano’s 4 counterparts are based on the same plot of land in El Abra, Cochabamba

We regularly share updates about our day-to-day work here on our website and on social media. This post is to share in more detail what Mano a Mano does overall as an organization: our mission, how our work addresses the needs of Bolivian communities, the partnership-based approach we use, and how we are structured.

4. Flying in Bolivia During COVID: Mano a Mano’s Aviation Program in 2020

One of Mano a Mano’s flights in 2020, in front of our hangar at the Cochabamba airport.

Many think of aviation as a luxury. But for many in Bolivia, small aircraft provide their only access to health care, literally the difference between life and death. COVID-19 restrictions resulted in major changes in our use of aircraft in 2020. As the year began, Bolivia started to emerge from the turmoil surrounding the October 2019 presidential election. Mano a Mano delivered boxes of medical cargo to tropical hospitals, rescued injured patients, and held volunteer-led weekend clinics. And then…the pandemic reached Bolivia. In mid-March 2020, all aircraft were grounded and most vehicle traffic halted.

Mano a Mano’s Aviation Program has made 498 flights in January-October 2021.

5. Donating Durable Medical Equipment in the Twin Cities – Saturday, April 24th

Excess durable medical equipment at the Mano a Mano warehouse; getting things ready for distributing them to people in the Twin Cities area.

We were happy to be able to share some of our excess durable medical equipment with people in the Twin Cities on Saturday! This project is a collaboration with Twin Cities-area physical therapists to help distribute mobility equipment to some of their clients that have difficulty acquiring needed items.

These giveaways have continued on a monthly basis, like our most recent event on December 18th.