April 2019 Roundup: Mano a Mano Projects & Activities
Here is a roundup of Mano a Mano’s projects & activities from the past month (all headlines link to more information):
Join Us on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 (6:30pm-7:45pm at Mano a Mano, 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104) for our Monthly Speaker Series event
May’s speaker is Siddharth Bharath, a PhD student in Ecology at the University of Minnesota. His talk will be on “Indigenous Peoples in India: A Brief History and Ongoing Struggles for Forest Rights and Conservation.” Please email Carmen ([email protected]) to RSVP (the event is free) or if you have any questions.
On March 13, 2019 Mano a Mano dedicated a water reservoir project in the community of Maldonado, Bolivia. This project makes it possible for 96 subsistence farm families (about 600 people) to irrigate 250 acres of cropland and to water their livestock, as well as having water for household use. The link above has photos and a drone video tour of the reservoir.
Check out a few pictures from Mano a Mano’s recent trip to Bolivia in March. Co-Founder Segundo Velasquez and a group of travelers from Minnesota went to meet high Andean subsistence farm families, become immersed in their daily lives, and learn how Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture integrates its health, water, and food production programs to create more sustainable rural communities.
On March 16, 2019, our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia dedicated a new health clinic in Chaqui Mayu, Bolivia. This is Mano a Mano’s 167th clinic project in Bolivia, and 943 people in the area now have access to health care.
Last week Mano a Mano hosted 66 kids from the Unidad Educativa Marina Nunez del Prado school at our Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA) in Cochabamba. Kids got to see a working farm first-hand (which for many kids living in the city is often the first time), and also see our hydroponics garden which is a new addition to the CEA.
Last week, Mano a Mano transported medical & orthopedic supplies from our warehouse in Cochabamba to Cotagaita, a community in the department of Potosi. The supplies were distributed to 3 health centers in the area. The donation included wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, wound care and basic care supplies, and other miscellaneous medical supplies. All of these supplies start as donations at our warehouse in St. Paul, Minnesota and are distributed to people and organizations in need throughout Bolivia.