We just sent out our most recent newsletter with a roundup of some of our activities over the past month, which you can sign up for here. Click the headers for more information.
In June 2019, Mano a Mano hosted our 7th (and final!) year of teacher workshops. These trips were an opportunity for teachers from Minnesota and teachers from Bolivia to meet together and discuss teaching methods, develop curriculum, learn how they keep parents involved, and have an opportunity to interact in informal as well as classroom settings. We approach these trips with a deep appreciation for the dedication of teachers in both countries, for the similarities and differences in our life experiences, and for the gifts that teachers from each country can bring to the other.
We are gathering with Minnesota teachers that have participated in these trips for a discussion and celebration of what was accomplished through these trips. The event is free and takes place at Mano a Mano (925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104) on Tuesday, November 12th from 6:30pm-7:45pm, but please RSVP if you plan on attending: [email protected] or 651-457-3141. We hope to see you there!
Our warehouse is getting full! We will be shipping 3 (and maybe 4) 40-foot containers, with around 60,000 pounds of donated supplies & equipment, from Minnesota to Bolivia, where the items are distributed to people & organizations in need. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Carmen: [email protected] or 651-457-3141. If you would like to support this shipment you can donate here.
Check out a few pictures from Mano a Mano’s recent trip to Bolivia in September. Co-Founder Segundo Velasquez and a group of travelers from Minnesota went to Bolivia to visit Mano a Mano projects and the communities that we partner with.
Mano a Mano invites you to join us on a unique journey to Bolivia to see projects that accomplished the original vision we formed in 1994, and so much more. Click the header link above for a PDF with more detailed information. NOTE: the dates have changed to now be March 14-22 rather than March 20-30; the travel packet PDF at the link above reflects the change.
As many of you are no doubt aware, the current situation in Bolivia is tense as a result of the questionable results from the October 27 presidential election. Hundreds of thousands are demonstrating in the streets of all major cities, including Cochabamba, where Mano a Mano is based. Campesinos who are loyal to the president have been called by his party to march on the cities in support of him. Violence has been relatively minimal, considering the numbers of supporters and opposing protesters who are demonstrating. In spite of this situation, Mano a Mano staff members continue to report to work as best they are able. Our projects underway in the rural communities have stayed on track up to this point.
At the start of the month of October we added new members to our Center for Ecological Agriculture with the birth of nine pigs. We also received a visit from fifth grade students from the school Carlos Paredo Sanoval from the municipality of Sacaba. Check out a video from the CEA at the link above.
We have many events coming up, at Mano a Mano and elsewhere, over the coming months! The link above has a list of scheduled events; please contact us if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon!