Congratulations to Jesse Flanagan, who won a "Be the Change" award at the HandsOn Twin Cities Volunteer Expo on Saturday for his volunteer work with Mano a Mano! Jesse is finishing up his Masters in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs; we are so grateful for everything he does!
Mano a Mano's plane en route for an emergency flight. This picture was taken by Mano a Mano volunteer Libby Arnosti during her trip to Bolivia in 2012. Mano a Mano's aviation program provides emergency flights and weekend health clinics to Bolivians in isolated rural areas, where rapid transportation can often mean the difference between life and death. We provide more than 500 people with emergency flights each year, and provide flights for weekend health clinics between 40-50 times each…
#ThrowbackThursday - Mano a Mano's road project in El Palmar, Bolivia was dedicated a year ago. In the year since it was built, there has been a lot of activity in the area, including the construction of new bridges, schools, electricity, housing, and many local events like teacher conferences and Olympic tryouts. Building a road can have a huge impact! Check out 58 more pictures of the road project by clicking the picture. #tbt
Did you know that Mano a Mano's network of health clinics built throughout Bolivia has created more than 474 jobs for doctors, nurses, and dentists? All of these salaries are paid for by sources within Bolivia, as a permanent line item in their budgets - primarily the Bolivian Health Ministry (384 positions, or 81%).
Mano a Mano is mentioned in an article from Los Tiempos in Cochabamba, Bolivia about the 'water harvesting' projects that the municipality of Pasorapa is implementing to combat the extreme droughts of the past few years, including small water reservoirs and 'micro-irrigation.' We completed a mini-reservoir in Pasorapa earlier this year that provides irrigation water to 540 Bolivians.
Yesterday Mano a Mano supporters Richard & Susan Eyre of Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery, Inc. were on WBEZ discussing their 'philPLANThropy' in support of Heifer International and Mano a Mano. We are so grateful for their support of us over the years!
A new Mano a Mano clinic, in the community of Central Unificada in the department of Cochabamba, was dedicated on Saturday! But, Mano a Mano travelers currently in Bolivia weren't able to attend the dedication event due to a washed-out bridge - the challenges of working in rural Bolivia...We'll share more pics and information once we have it (this is a pic taken during construction, unloading building materials).