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Creating Partnerships with Bolivian Communities to Improve Lives
Creating Partnerships with Bolivian Communities to Improve Lives

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Check out 5 new pictures taken in late July 2017 from our water reservoir project currently underway in Maldonado, Bolivia: http://manoamano.org/blog/maldonado-water-project-update-late-july-2017/

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Mano a Mano has hosted 7 annual celebration events, with our 8th event this Sunday, July 23 at Mano a Mano’s office/warehouse in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Each year we have a selected project to support with proceeds from the event, and each year we have met our goal to be able to implement a successful project. Thanks to everyone that has been a part of these events, and we look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday! http://manoamano.org/blog/7-events-7-successful-projects/

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Thanks to the Urban Immersion volunteers from West Des Moines, Iowa! They helped sort and pack donated medical supplies yesterday, which will be included in our next shipment to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations in need.

Watch a +YouTube video of a recent distribution of supplies in Bolivia here: https://goo.gl/rsu9XU
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Our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia recently dedicated Mano a Mano's 61st #school project in Litus Pampa, Bolivia! https://lnkd.in/epiYw2S
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In June 2017, Minnesota teachers traveled to Bolivia to visit rural Bolivian schools and view teaching methods, develop curriculum with their teachers, learn how they keep parents involved, and have an opportunity to interact with them in informal as well as classroom settings. We approach these trips with a deep appreciation for the dedication of teachers in both countries, for the similarities and differences in our life experiences, and for the gifts that teachers from each country can bring to the other.

This was Mano a Mano's 5th year of hosting these teacher trips, with more than 40 Minnesota travelers taking part to date.

Thanks to everyone in both countries that are involved in this project! http://manoamano.org/blog/31-pictures-minnesota-teacher-trip-bolivia-june-2017/

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Ivo Velasquez from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo recently sent 5 new pictures from the Maldonado water reservoir. One third of the levee foundation, or “keyway” channel, has been filled, and is ready to build the levee wall on top of it. The two other portions are coming along; soon the whole levee will begin to take shape. https://goo.gl/VgLGBj

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Local women celebrate during the dedication of the Wirkini reservoir.

Wirkini is a small community located in the Province of Tiraque, Department of Cochabamba, and is about 12,700 feet above sea level in the Bolivian Altiplano. This water project took years to complete, but was finished and dedicated in October 2016.

The reservoir provides irrigation water to at least 341 Bolivian farm families in the area and irrigates 269 hectares of land (average family size is 6, for a total number of beneficiaries of 2,046). Water is typically only available in the Bolivian Highlands for the 2-3 month rainy season, and the rest of the year is a struggle for farmers to have water access for their crops and livestock. These water reservoir projects retain water and provide water access year-round, which allows for farmers to grow more and better crops, which in turn increases family nutrition and household incomes. http://manoamano.org/blog/a-look-back-at-what-we-did-in-2016-mano-a-mano-2016-annual-report/ 
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Mano a Mano is livestreaming the distribution of donated medical supplies today in Cochabamba, Bolivia. More than 60 organizations, including public hospitals are coming to pick up medical supplies and equipment today.

We expect that about 90,000 pounds will be distributed today.

Check out the livestream on +YouTube (the program is scheduled for 9a-2p EST today, Saturday July 1, 2017): https://youtu.be/dCT0qPDkR6o

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Mano a Mano co-founder Segundo Velasquez just got back from a trip to Bolivia, which included a site visit to our water project underway in Maldonado, Bolivia.

When completed, this project will make it possible for 96 subsistence farm families (about 600 people) to irrigate 250 acres of cropland and to water their livestock, as well as having water for household use. With the severe drought currently affecting Bolivia, water projects like this one are especially important to help rural communities manage their resources.

Learn more about the Maldonado water project here: https://goo.gl/Gtt7Bf
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