Dedicating a New Clinic in Palca, Bolivia

Dedicating a New Clinic in Palca, Bolivia

On August 20, 2019 Mano a Mano dedicated our newest health clinic in Palca, Bolivia. The Palca clinic provides access to health care for 1,314 people.

Palca Clinic – Community Information

Palca is a rural community in the Tiraque province, Tiraque municipality, department of Cochabamba – about a 1-hour drive east of the city of Cochabamba (44% of Mano a Mano’s clinics are less than a 3-hour drive away from Cochabamba). The Palca clinic joins Mano a Mano’s network of 168 clinics throughout Bolivia. Mano a Mano’s network of clinics average nearly 1 million patient visits each year.

Working Together to Make These Projects Possible

Every project that Mano a Mano does, including this clinic in Palca, depends on many people working together (read more about our partnership model here). 

The Palca clinic project is a collaboration with:

  • Our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia (who oversees and manages the project from inception to completion)
  • Donors in the US
  • Alcaldia Tiraque
  • Community of Palca

Palca Construction Photos

Day One of Container Loading – August 2019

Day One of Container Loading – August 2019

Yesterday was day one of container loading at Mano a Mano! Over the week, volunteers will load roughly 60,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment, school supplies, orthopedic items like wheelchairs and crutches, and many other recovered resources for shipment to Bolivia, where Mano a Mano distributes them to people and organizations in need throughout the country.

We are filling these 3 containers with around 60,000 pounds of supplies and equipment for Bolivia.

8 Containers Shipped in 2018

This is our second shipment of 2019; in 2018 we shipped 8 containers with 166,607 pounds of supplies and equipment.

148th Health Education Workshop for Nurses

148th Health Education Workshop for Nurses

These photos are from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia’s 148th Health Education Workshop in July 2019 for nurses. Continuing education is an integral part of our health program; Mano a Mano Bolivia provides education to: communities through providing training for volunteer health promoters; communities through weekend health clinics providing basic services; Mano a Mano’s clinic staff as continuing health education (pictured here); and medical professionals from other organizations. Learn more about these programs here.

Continuing Health Education Complements Mano a Mano’s Clinic Program

These programs are managed and administered by our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, and serve a complementary role to the construction of community clinics throughout rural Bolivia. (In partnership with local communities, municipal governments, and the Bolivian Health Ministry, Mano a Mano has built 167 clinics to date.)

Constructing Furniture for Schools and Clinics in Bolivia

Constructing Furniture for Schools and Clinics in Bolivia

At Mano a Mano Bolivia’s warehouse in Cochabamba, staff build supplies and equipment for Mano a Mano schools and clinics.

Through our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, Mano a Mano has completed 167 clinics and 62 schools (and counting) throughout Bolivia. We depend on collaborating with partners to make these projects possible: the community and municipality provide volunteer support, a portion of funding, and administration of the project upon completion; seed money is raised through donors primarily in the US but also Canada, Europe, and other locations; and project management and construction is the responsibility of Mano a Mano Bolivia.

Keeping Costs Down

One way we are able to keep costs down, and ensure fully functioning projects, is that all windows, doors, desks, chairs, beds, and other equipment are built by Mano a Mano Bolivia staff at their warehouse in Cochabamba. These desks and chairs were being prepared for a school project in June 2019.

Building a Mano a Mano Clinic From Start to Finish

Chinyata Water Well Project is Complete

Chinyata Water Well Project is Complete

Mano a Mano recently completed our well project in Chinyata, Bolivia. The well is 102 meters deep, with water flowing at 5 liters per second. 600 people now have access to an ample supply of safe water.

Mano a Mano’s well project in Chinyata, Bolivia.

This project was done in partnership with the community and Water Charity. You can learn more about the Chinyata water project on the Water Charity project page.

Chinyata Well Construction Photos

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About Water Charity

Water Charity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does water and sanitation projects around the world. To date, we have implemented more than 4,300 projects in 77 countries that have helped 4.5 million people so far!

We are partners with the National Peace Corps Association.

We do high-impact, low-cost projects using appropriate technology. We start our projects at once, and finish very quickly, with the lowest overhead costs in the industry.”