2012 Annual Report

2012 was a busy year for Mano a Mano! As we begin a new year we wanted to look back at a few of the things that we were able to accomplish with our amazing staff, donors, volunteers, and communities in the US and Bolivia (our financial information is available here):

Organized Trips to Bolivia for 70 People

Traveling to Bolivia is a tremendous opportunity for Mano a Mano supporters to see first-hand what we are doing and how their efforts are making a difference.

Mano a Mano Co-Founder Segundo Velasquez Awarded $100,000 as a Finalist for the Opus Prize

At an awards ceremony in November at St. Kates University in St. Paul, Segundo Velasquez was honored as a finalist for the Opus Prize which recognizes unsung heroes that are conquering the world’s most persistent social problems.

Built 9 New Health Clinics

We built new clinics in the following communities:

This expands our network to a total of 136 clinics throughout Bolivia. Through the first 3 quarters of 2012, Mano a Mano clinics had 603,735 patient visits, delivered 1,738 babies (with 10 infant deaths; over that number of deliveries about 139 babies would be expected to die), and provided 39,596 vaccinations.

Started Construction on a Demonstration and Training Center and New Warehouses for Mano a Mano Bolivia and Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo on a single site in El Abra

You can read more about the project here.

Completed 3 Large Water Reservoirs

Dedication ceremony at the Sancayani reservoir. This water project is located more than 14,000 feet above sea level!

  • Sancayani – this reservoir will provide water to more than 20,000 Bolivians.
  • Jusku Molle – 350 Bolivian families benefit from this project.
  • Pasorapa

Provided Emergency Flights to 395 People

With the addition of two new airplanes in 2011, this past year has been very busy. Our pilots have flown hundreds of hours, providing emergency air rescues and food drops, transporting staff and equipment, and flying tourists and other organizations (to generate income and subsidize the emergency flights). Here are a few top stories from the past year:

Road Projects

We completed a 10-kilometer road in Santa Rosa (described by the mayor as “the best road in the municipality”) and are currently working on a 56-kilometer road in El Palmar, among many other projects.

Training and Education

  • Mano a Mano Bolivia held continuing education workshops with 543 medical professionals attending; trained 124 health promoters in our clinic communities; and volunteer Bolivian doctors and nurses provided care to 1,460 patients in weekend health clinics (including this one to San Pablo in June). (All numbers are only through first 3 quarters of 2012.)
  • The MELA (Medical Educators for Latin America) team from St. Paul traveled to Bolivia in May and held their 5th Acute Care conference that was attended by 259 Bolivian medical professionals. They are currently preparing for their 2013 conference which will take place in March.
  • Held 2 workshops for EMT Training to Improve our Aviation Program, in partnership with A Tu Lado.

Shipped 3 Containers with 58,998 pounds of Medical Supplies

These medical supplies will be distributed to Mano a Mano’s network of clinics, as part of our integrated model that provides all aspects needed to ensure projects are successful.

Built New Schools in 3 Communities in Bolivia

Bought an Office/Warehouse Space in St. Paul

Mano a Mano has moved out of our co-founders’ home, which was our office for 18 years, and have our own place in St. Paul! Stay tuned for announcements on our upcoming open house to check out our new space.

925 Pierce Butler Road, St. Paul MN 55104 – our new location

In reality this is only a brief overview of what we did in 2012. We are only able to accomplish this much, with such a small budget, because of everyone in the US and Bolivia working together with the same goal – to improve lives in Bolivia.

Thank YOU, our supporters, who make all of this possible!