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

Check out more photos from 2021.

Saving Medical Supplies From the Landfill in Minnesota and Putting Them to Use in Bolivia

Mano a Mano started in 1994 with the goal of saving surplus medical supplies from the landfill in Minnesota and shipping them to Bolivia, where we knew these supplies were desperately needed and could be used immediately. We have grown as an organization since then: building clinics, schools, water reservoirs, wells, water ponds, roads, and greenhouses in partnership with communities; providing emergency air transport; and providing health education and agricultural training programs, among other projects. But distributing medical supplies and equipment continues to be a critical component of our work.

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

Mano a Mano’s new clinic in Sarufaya was dedicated on November 23rd, 2021! Construction on the Sarufaya clinic began on July 22, 2021 and was completed on November 19th. Sarufaya is located in the municipality of Tarabuco, province of Yamparaez, department of Chuquisaca. The community has a population of 1,702 and is a 9-hour drive from Cochabamba. Thank you to our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, who oversees the process of building clinics from start to finish (and put this video together); the local community of Sarufaya and municipal government of Tarabuco that will participate throughout the process; and Rotary District 5580 that provided the seed money that made this project possible!

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

English translation:

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.

Doña Irene Talks About Her Greenhouse Built With Mano a Mano

Quechua-speaking Doña Irene tells Mano a Mano’s agronomist that she is very happy with her “beautiful” greenhouse. She says she will plant every type of vegetable: spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, turnips. She would have to travel many miles to the city to buy vegetables for her family of seven. But she has decided not to purchase produce from the city because she fears that it’s heavily fumigated. She doesn’t want her children to eat food that has been treated with chemicals or medicines. Now, thanks to Mano a Mano, she will be able to prepare healthy food for her children.

Providing Medical Supplies to Hospital Manuel Ascencio Villarroel in Punata, Bolivia

Mano a Mano collects medical supplies and equipment in Minnesota and sends them to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations in need throughout the country. These distributions from our warehouse in Cochabamba can range in scope from providing a single wheelchair to one person in need, to providing 7+ tons to 22 healthcare organizations. Mano a Mano provided larger amounts of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in the Cochabamba area: Hospital del Norte, COMBASE, and Hospital Manuel Ascencio Villarroel in Punata in September.

New Trailer: “Pilot of Hope” Documentary

Thanks to Devised TV for sharing the story of Mano a Mano’s aviation program in Bolivia. From their new trailer about the one-hour documentary (available on Amazon Prime Video): “Ivo Daniel Martinez is an anonymous hero. At the controls of his plane (sometimes a tiny Cessna, sometimes a twin-engine Piper), he defies the quite extraordinary flying conditions of Bolivia to come to the assistance of the most remote communities in the country.”
To watch the documentary on Amazon Prime Video: search for “On the Wing”; go to Season 2, Episode 1 – “Pilot of Hope.”