The Mano a Mano Surplus Program
Collecting supplies destined for the landfill and distributing them throughout Bolivia, where we know they can be put to good use, is the program that started Mano a Mano in 1994:
Exchanging Supplies with HERO Fargo
Working with our staff in Bolivia, we are pretty careful in making sure that the supplies that we accept in Minnesota are needed and useful in Bolivia, and we try to seek out donations of those supplies that are in high demand (here is a list of our high priority items). Occasionally, however, we do receive some items that just don’t quite make it onto our shipments; there are also certain items that we just can never get too much of (for example: gloves, gauze, any wound care supplies).
We are happy to be able to work with HERO Fargo as one way to help bridge the gap. Their mission is “to collect and redistribute donated healthcare supplies to help those in need,” and for the past few years, every month or two HERO drives from Fargo to St. Paul with a truckful of supplies to give to Mano a Mano; we try to re-fill their truck with supplies that they are actively looking for.
It’s a win-win for both of our organizations: we get to exchange supplies with each other that better fit our priorities.
Exchanging Supplies on May 24, 2017
— HERO (@HEROFargo) April 13, 2017