We are grateful to you for helping Mano a Mano continue to partner with Bolivian communities – on projects they request & ultimately own – to improve their lives. Mano a Mano’s biggest strength is our community-based partnership model – bringing many people together to accomplish things that none of us could do on our own.
Every activity, every project new or old, every event, depends on the dedication & effort of many people. As we look back at what we were able to do in 2022, we want to thank you:
the communities & municipal governments in Bolivia;
Together, We Help Hundreds of Thousands of People in Bolivia
Hundreds of thousands of people in Bolivia benefit from Mano a Mano’s health, education, water, road, aviation, food & farming, and medical surplus distribution programs! Below is a summary of our work in 2022:
Provided emergency transport for 155 people (4,543 emergency flights since our aviation program began); provided transport for volunteer medical professionals for 33 weekend health clinics (482 weekend health clinics since our aviation program began); and transported 487,530 pounds of cargo, mostly medical supplies and equipment, throughout Bolivia.
Dedicating the San Rafael Clinic on December 6th, 2022.
Mano a Mano’s Cessna Caravan parked on the Uyuni Salt Flats.
St. Paul volunteers Marian Heinrich, Mary White, Doug Skelton and Barb Benner sort through and organize mountains of donated infant clothing to create layettes for Bolivian newborns. Currently, three groups take on this volunteer project: one which does its work at the Mano a Mano office; another local group that assembles layettes in their homes; and a third that is located in Utah.
Working on the deep water well in Chaupi Suyu – March 2021.
Trucks haul dirt to road and runway surfaces, as other machines spread and compact it.
Mushtaq Saleemi, Midwest regional manager for Helping Hand in Elmhurst IL
Dedicating the new clinic in Panama with the community – December 2021.
Chirusi Rosario residents discuss their well location with Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo staff.
Installing tubing to transport potable water in Chirusi Rosario, November-December 2022.
Drilling the bore in Cliza, August 2022.
The 6-story water tank in Chirusi Rosario was dedicated in October.
After motograder spreads rock, smooth, vibrating roller compacts it every 6” until it’s rock solid.
Distribution of mobility aids in Cuba
The master builder laying floor tiles in one of the classrooms.
Mobility equipment donated by Mano a Mano during the Islas Malvinas celebration.
Mano a Mano’s new 2-story school in Chirusi Rosario will be formally dedicated in the next few weeks.
Photo credit: Pollen Midwest.
Building the deep water well in Pampa Grande, Bolivia.
Hydroponic gardens at the Mano a Mano CEA.
Continuing Health Education workshop, November 2022.
From the St. Kate’s Public Health newsletter.
Rock crusher and four machine operators at work.
Wirkini Reservoir at overflow level, September 2022.
Siglo “XX” students at Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture.
Farmers travel to visit Mano a Mano water reservoirs in other communities, September 2022.
Kids in their new classroom in Chirusi Rosario.
the mini-kitchen that has been put together as a demonstration at the CEA. The biodigester is producing heat for the burner on which one of the students is boiling a potato-like vegetable. The other shows the teakettle heating. Very creative use of recycled wood, pop bottles and, of course, the biodigestor, and a sink with no plumbing. The students are agronomy interns.
Mano a Mano staff and volunteers sort medical supplies sent from Minnesota to organize them for distribution throughout Bolivia at our Cochabamba warehouse.
Photo Credit: Pollen Midwest
Wheelchairs from MATTER at the Mano a Mano warehouse, September 2022.
We were happy to be able to have a farewell lunch for our 7 Metro State Social Work interns and St. Kate’s Community Leaders intern from the Fall 2022 semester (and are sad to see them go)!
Dedicating the new health clinic in Ayoma, Cliza, Bolivia on December 20th, 2022
We cut thousands of slots into these 8 section of tubing through which water will filter into the pump area. This large number of slots will guarantee reliable filtration for at least 25 years. An additional 10 pipes are installed above the slotted pipes to carry water to the surface.
Mano a Mano volunteers loading 3 containers with 68,797 pounds of supplies and equipment for Bolivia at our St. Paul warehouse – July/August 2022.
Supplies being inspected by FELCN (La Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Narcotráfico). For every Mano a Mano flight,
Local Witness for Peace delegation destined for Cuba with supplies and equipment donated by Mano a Mano
Medical professionals in Rurrenabaque for a weekend health clinic – April 2022.
Pamela, one of the 2 physical therapy students that is interning at Mano a Mano, works with 10-year-old Beismar, who is exercising with a standing frame sent from Minnesota.
Workshop for parents – August 13th, 2022.
Weekend health clinic in Comunidad Bermeo, August 6-7, 2022.
Dr. Sergio Zegarra (right) providing training during a Mano a Mano Bolivia workshop.
Machine operators and local residents watch intently as water begins to flow
Mano a Mano’s weekend health clinic in Poza Honda on October 8-9, 2022 provided dental care for 96 people.
Mano a Mano heavy equipment digging the channel for the tubing that will provide water for Chirusi Rosario households.
Mano a Mano transported 91,300 pounds of cargo in June 2022.
Supplies arriving in Danli, Honduras
The 280 foot deep well drilled in the “Lavanderia” area of Cliza in October 2022.
Description of our US garden.
Training workshop for Universidad “Siglo XX” students at the CEA, mid-August 2022.
Organizing supplies sent from Minnesota for distribution at our Cochabamba warehouse.
Dedicating a water well in Chirusi in March 2022.
1 of 3 containers leaving our warehouse en route for Bolivia, November 2022.
Hosting a meeting at Mano a Mano’s “office” built with containers sent from Minnesota – at our site in Punata where we have many current projects underway.
The Villa Nueva clinic was dedicated on December 6th, 2022.
A week-long agriculture seminar at the CEA in October 2022.
The foundation of Mano a Mano’s new runway at Laguna Sulti.
Dr. Jose Velasquez formally turning over the keys during the dedication ceremony with the community of Estano Colorado, March 31, 2022.
These are Mano a Mano’s highest priority items in need currently.
San Rafael clinic.
Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo staff at our El Abra office/warehouse location welding the sifting screen to sort gravel at the Punata Regional Complex.
Dedicating the Chirusi Rosario water tower, October 26th, 2022.
These are the 3 containers that were loaded with supplies and equipment at our Minnesota warehouse over the past week.
Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo staff working on the Cliza well at the new Waca Playa site.
Kids in Oromomo.
Supplies ready to transport to Oromomo at the Cochabamba airport, September 3rd, 2022.
Jazmín and Olivia working on small toys for the layette project, May 2022.
Dedicating a new health clinic in Ayoma – December 2022.