As 2021 comes to a close, we want to highlight some of our favorite videos we have shared this year.
Mano a Mano Highlights From 2021
Saving Medical Supplies From the Landfill in Minnesota and Putting Them to Use in Bolivia
Why Our Heavy Equipment is Important for Community Development Projects in Rural Bolivia
Mano a Mano is made up of 5 counterpart organizations focusing in different areas of community development – health, education, economic development, food security and nutrition, and more – with the same mission of “Partnering together – Hand in Hand – to transform the health and well-being of Bolivian communities in need.” One component that makes much of this work possible is the heavy equipment that we own. We are able to better partner with communities because we have well-trained staff and the equipment needed to complete water reservoirs, water wells, roads, airstrips, and other large-scale infrastructure projects. This video looks at the importance of our heavy equipment with our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo.
Dedicating a New Mano a Mano Health Clinic in Sarufaya, Bolivia on November 23rd, 2021
Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA) in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA) in Cochabamba, Bolivia provides training and tools for Bolivian farmers with the goal of increasing food security and nutrition using an ecological approach. While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited in-person training and visits, Mano a Mano staff have been busy experimenting with new projects such as hydroponic lettuce and fodder.
Providing an Emergency Flight from Oromomo to Cochabamba for Santiago
On October 6th, we received an emergency call from Oromomo, a small community in the Amazon in the region of Beni, north of Cochabamba. A doctor from the area was calling on behalf of Santiago, a 4-year old boy with severe appendicitis and a high fever, vomiting, dizziness, and stomach pain. Mano a Mano Aviation responded as quickly as possible to fly to Oromomo to pick up Santiago along with his parents and brother. We arrived in Cochabamba and took Santiago to the Hospital Pediátrico. The next day, we checked in with the family: Santiago had been taken directly into emergency surgery; his appendix had ruptured. Doctors at the hospital said that the emergency flight was just in time, and that Santiago would have probably died without his timely arrival for emergency care. Now, Santiago has returned home to Oromomo.
Drilling Water Wells in Partnership with Rural Bolivian Communities
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.
Donating a Wheelchair for Gustavo in Trinidad, Bolivia
Noelia Rea Suarez (journalist and volunteer): We are grateful to the nonprofit Mano a Mano for donating this wheelchair to Gustavo who is here with his mother Maira. Our heartfelt thanks for your solidarity and the work you do helping the people most in need. Thanks to Juan Urquidi (Mano a Mano Internacional warehouse manager) for your help throughout this process to get this wheelchair to Trinidad. We thank you, and may god bless you and continue blessing you so that you can continue this work for many others.
Maira Deheza Orihuela: Thank you to Mano a Mano for this beautiful wheelchair. I have been fighting hard and searching for years, since Gustavo was 11 and needed a new wheelchair. I have been working so hard to find something. Gustavo is 14, and for so long he had to use a wheelchair that didn’t help him anymore. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, and I ask Mano a Mano to continue working for people like me and others that need your help. This beautiful wheelchair for me is a blessing because my son is going be be more comfortable, this wheelchair is perfect and works for him. Thank you so much.