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.
Dr. Sergio Zegarra (right) providing training during a Mano a Mano Bolivia workshop.
Hydroponic gardens at the Mano a Mano CEA.
Organizing supplies sent from Minnesota for distribution at our Cochabamba warehouse.
Medical professionals in Rurrenabaque for a weekend health clinic – April 2022.
Rock crusher and four machine operators at work.
Trucks haul dirt to road and runway surfaces, as other machines spread and compact it.
Weekend health clinic in Comunidad Bermeo, August 6-7, 2022.
Installing tubing to transport potable water in Chirusi Rosario, November-December 2022.
The master builder laying floor tiles in one of the classrooms.
1 of 3 containers leaving our warehouse en route for Bolivia, November 2022.
Workshop for parents – August 13th, 2022.
Dedicating a new health clinic in Ayoma – December 2022.
Supplies arriving in Danli, Honduras
These are Mano a Mano’s highest priority items in need currently.
Mano a Mano’s weekend health clinic in Poza Honda on October 8-9, 2022 provided dental care for 96 people.
Dedicating a water well in Chirusi in March 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.
Farmers travel to visit Mano a Mano water reservoirs in other communities, September 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.
Mano a Mano staff and volunteers sort medical supplies sent from Minnesota to organize them for distribution throughout Bolivia at our Cochabamba warehouse.
Wirkini Reservoir at overflow level, September 2022.
Photo Credit: Pollen Midwest
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.
Training workshop for Universidad “Siglo XX” students at the CEA, mid-August 2022.
Supplies ready to transport to Oromomo at the Cochabamba airport, September 3rd, 2022.
Continuing Health Education workshop, November 2022.
After motograder spreads rock, smooth, vibrating roller compacts it every 6” until it’s rock solid.
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.
Mobility equipment donated by Mano a Mano during the Islas Malvinas celebration.
Dedicating the Chirusi Rosario water tower, October 26th, 2022.
Mano a Mano’s new 2-story school in Chirusi Rosario will be formally dedicated in the next few weeks.
Machine operators and local residents watch intently as water begins to flow
Dedicating the San Rafael Clinic on December 6th, 2022.
Supplies being inspected by FELCN (La Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Narcotráfico). For every Mano a Mano flight,
Mushtaq Saleemi, Midwest regional manager for Helping Hand in Elmhurst IL
Mano a Mano heavy equipment digging the channel for the tubing that will provide water for Chirusi Rosario households.
Chirusi Rosario residents discuss their well location with Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo staff.
San Rafael clinic.
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.
Working on the deep water well in Chaupi Suyu – March 2021.
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.
Dedicating the new clinic in Panama with the community – December 2021.
The 280 foot deep well drilled in the “Lavanderia” area of Cliza in October 2022.
Jazmín and Olivia working on small toys for the layette project, May 2022.
Photo credit: Pollen Midwest.
The Villa Nueva clinic was dedicated on December 6th, 2022.
The 6-story water tank in Chirusi Rosario was dedicated in October.
Building the deep water well in Pampa Grande, Bolivia.
Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo staff working on the Cliza well at the new Waca Playa site.
Wheelchairs from MATTER at the Mano a Mano warehouse, September 2022.
Kids in Oromomo.
Kids in their new classroom in Chirusi Rosario.
Drilling the bore in Cliza, August 2022.
An emergency flight to El Alto in 2022.
Mano a Mano transported 91,300 pounds of cargo in June 2022.
The foundation of Mano a Mano’s new runway at Laguna Sulti.
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.
Dr. Jose Velasquez formally turning over the keys during the dedication ceremony with the community of Estano Colorado, March 31, 2022.
These are the 3 containers that were loaded with supplies and equipment at our Minnesota warehouse over the past week.
Siglo “XX” students at Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture.
Mano a Mano’s Cessna Caravan parked on the Uyuni Salt Flats.
From the St. Kate’s Public Health newsletter.
Thank You to Our Fall 2022 Metro State and St. Kate’s Volunteers!
Local Witness for Peace delegation destined for Cuba with supplies and equipment donated by Mano a Mano
A week-long agriculture seminar at the CEA in October 2022.
Distribution of mobility aids in Cuba
Description of our US garden.
Dedicating the new health clinic in Ayoma, Cliza, Bolivia on December 20th, 2022