Upcoming Events and Project Updates – Early February 2020

Check out some upcoming events and learn about some of our recent projects below. Thank you to the many people involved in every one of these activities!

Upcoming Events in the Twin Cities

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you to the many recent volunteer groups that have helped out at Mano a Mano over the past few weeks! In 2019, volunteers contributed 19,092 hours to our projects in the US. We depend on volunteers in every aspect of our work.

Totino Grace High School volunteers at Mano a Mano, February 2020.

Soup & Sort volunteers at Mano a Mano, February 4, 2020.

Recent Distributions of Supplies in Minnesota & Bolivia

  • Distributing Mobility Equipment in the Twin Cities. On Saturday, February 1, 2020 Mano a Mano donated 162 pieces of mobility equipment and medical supplies to people in need in the Twin Cities. The items ranged from glucometers and blood pressure cuffs to canes, shower chairs, and commodes. The estimated total value of these supplies is $16,000. This project was a collaboration with Twin Cities-area physical therapists to help distribute mobility equipment to some of their clients that have difficulty acquiring needed items. Thank you to the many social workers and physical therapists that stopped by on Saturday, and to everyone that helped make this project possible!
  • 2019 Summary of Distributions in Bolivia. In 2019, Mano a Mano shipped 9 40-foot containers filled with 203,747 pounds of donated supplies and equipment from St. Paul to Cochabamba. These supplies are distributed to people & organizations in need throughout Bolivia. 232 organizations in Bolivia received supplies and equipment from Mano a Mano last year.
  • Supplies Shipped From Mano a Mano Have Arrived in Honduras. In early January 2020, Mano a Mano loaded 30 gaylords of mobility equipment at our St. Paul warehouse to take to MSP airport, where they would begin their journey to Honduras. These supplies have now arrived! Edwards Air Force Base, where the supplies were transported from, wrote an article about the shipment, which you can read at the link above.

Recent Articles About Mano a Mano in January/February 2020

From the TPT Article “MINNESOTA HAS A WASTE PROBLEM. HOW DO WE FIX IT?” – Mano a Mano co-founder Segundo Velasquez gets ready to load a collection of walkers bound for Bolivia.

Many Other Projects Underway…

Mano a Mano consists of 5 counterpart organizations, each with our own focus areas and projects underway. To give a snapshot of what we are all up to currently:

Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo has been working to increase the capacity of the Laguna Sulti water reservoir over the past year ( by making it deeper). The expansion will be formally dedicated in March 2020.

One of our most recent clinic projects built in partnership with Mano a Mano Bolivia – the Tocopilla clinic dedicated a few months ago.

Mano a Mano’s aviation program provides flights on a near-daily basis.

Playing Impact: Forestry Edition at Mano a Mano Speaker Series on February 11

Join us for a fun evening (6:30-8:00pm at Mano Mano, 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN, 55104) to play an interactive board game designed to expand the ways we think about the future of natural resources and society. Mike Dockry, University of Minnesota Assistant Professor, will lead participants in playing Impact: Forestry Edition. Impact: Forestry Edition was developed by Mike Dockry and the Strategic Foresight research group at the U.S. Forest Service and University of Minnesota. The team developed the game to expand the ways in which we think about the future. Mike will briefly explain the reasons for developing the game, he will explain the rules, and then we will break into small groups (4-5 players to a table) to play.

The evening will end with a short discussion about what we learned, how we can begin to think about the future, and what how this thinking could support the mission of Mano a Mano International Partners. The event is free; please RSVP with Carmen: 651-457-3141 or [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

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