Mano a Mano’s mission is: “Partnering together – Hand in Hand – to transform the health and well-being of Bolivian communities in need.” We have been building water reservoirs to improve community’s access to water since 2006, and over the past few years we have also acquired the heavy machinery and equipment necessary to drill deep wells – another means to improve access to water for communities in need.
Video: Drilling Water Wells in Partnership with Rural Bolivian Communities
Starting work on the Laguna Sulti water reservoir expansion, August 2019.
Mano a Mano completed the Maldonado Water Reservoir in March 2019.
The Maldonado Water Reservoir, nearly full of water.
Corn crop growing alongside the Laguna Sulti Water Reservoir.
Mano a Mano has partnered with Laguna Sulti to build this water reservoir, which has been expanded multiple times over the past few years.
Children taking a boat for a ride on the Ucuchi Water Reservoir, part of the San Isidro Ecotourism Park. Photo Credit: Jose Rocha and Los Tiempos
Water is starting to fill in the Maldonado reservoir.
The Wirkini Water Reservoir, east of Cochabamba, was dedicated on Oct. 18. It represents four years of Mano a Mano’s work.
Farmers look on excitedly as water begins flowing.
Releasing water from reservoir to irrigate fields.
In 2016, Mano a Mano has started a new type of water project – building surface wells.
Mano a Mano staff and community volunteers working side by side on the Wirkini water reservoir (October 2015).
Don Primitivo celebrating the water pump starting to flow at Mano a Mano’s water reservoir in Laguna Sulti, Bolivia
Mano a Mano projects are always done in partnership with the community, municipal government, and other groups; here more than 300 community residents turn up for a community work day on the Mano a Mano water reservoir in Sancayani.
Mano a Mano staff and community volunteers installing tubing at the Wirkini water reservoir project site.
Dedication event in Sancayani for the completion of the agricultural water reservoir in 2012.
Child in Bolivia drinking from the biosand water filter at his home.
Drinking water from a Mano a Mano biosand water filter.
Wirkini water reservoir, progress from January 2015.
Kid in Jusku Molle checking out the pump that distributes the irrigation water from the reservoir to the fields.
Water pond in Omereque.
In 2012 Mano a Mano dedicated a large water reservoir project in Sancayani, Bolivia. Sancayani is a rural community in the department of Cochabamba high in the Bolivian Andes – about 14,000 feet above sea level.
Mano a Mano’s first water reservoir project, built more than a decade ago in Ucuchi, Bolivia.
Sallamani Chico Reservoir, part of the Sancayani water project built by Mano a Mano.