On Saturday Mano a Mano hosted our annual picnic to celebrate our awesome volunteers and 18 years in operation! Despite the chilly weather and having to move indoors, we had a great turnout for what will be our last event at the current location. Mano a Mano is currently in the process of buying its own combined office/warehouse space in St. Paul to call home. We are very excited at this opportunity that will allow us to have our own space and give back our ‘office’ to co-founders Joan and Segundo Velasquez, who have been donating their home to be used as the Mano a Mano office for 18 years!
This has been a year of huge growth for Mano a Mano’s infrastructure, both in the US and Bolivia:
- in the US we have added a 3rd staff person and are buying a warehouse
- we bought 2 new planes for our aviation program
- our counterpart organizations in Bolivia are building new warehouses for their operations on a shared site in El Abra, on the outskirts of Cochabamba
- we are building a training and demonstration center on the same site in El Abra to teach subsistence farmers best practices for water project maintenance and productive use of water, as well as train the heavy machine operators and diesel mechanics who build these projects
- these projects are in addition to the many infrastructure projects we are building throughout Bolivia (10 new clinics in 2011, a large water reservoir in Sancayani, 301 emergency air rescues, among many others)