Issue - December 2007
In this month's issue Arnold Brauwer tells us about Ariel's Garden. Amy Stillman and Save the Children's new CD. Walter Sanchéz enlightens us with a history on Religious Popular Art andfinally Emanuele Norsa returns with an article on Elio Nina's work...read more...
Mano a mano Bolivia
The aim of this institution is to aid in the areas of education, health and social work. The institutional policies are based on involving communities and municipalities in the projects.
Mano a Mano Bolivia is an organization that aims to alleviate and promote health, education and social development in the impoverished areas by building schools, health centres, roads, runways and distributing medical supplies. At present this organization has built 79 health centres, 30 educative infrastructures (schools buildings, bathrooms and teacher housing) and several roads and air strips.
One of the communities benefiting is Falsuri, an Aymara community in middle of beautiful mountainous surroundings, located in the Ayopaya province, Morochata municipality in the department of Cochabamba. To arrive at this community you have to travel approximately three hours from Cochabamba City. It has 7000 habitants and its scholar population is around 200 students. The principal economical activity of this community is the potato production. Their colourful clothes are the witness of their ancestral roots.
On the 26th of October, Cocha-Banner attended the inauguration of Mano a Mano´s 30th educative project in Falsuri. Thanks to Mano a Mano this school now has twelve new buildings including six classrooms and six teacher houses. The new buildings are a vast improvement on the previous ones, and they provide better amenities and a more suitable learning environment for the students and the teachers of the school. The sustainability of the buildings was secured through an agreement stating that the local community has full responsibility for their maintenance.
In the inauguration participated the community, the local authorities and the Mano a Mano’s director. The new buildings, financed predominantly by one donor who wishes to remain anonymous, were officially opened by the director of Mano a Mano, Doctor Jose Velásquez in front of the entire community. This was the second time that Mano a Mano worked in Falsuri; in 2005 they built a medical centre and donated an ambulance, greatly improving the level of medical care available in the area.
Mano a Mano Bolivia is the result of the experience and ongoing efforts of the Cochabamba-based Velasquez family including the executive director Dr. José Velasquez. The organization started donating medical equipment collected in Minnesota, USA in 1994. In 1996 they began building health clinics, to begin only two per year, but things changed in 1999 where Mano a Mano received a major grant from an anonymous donor to construct 30 clinics during the next couple of years. They have since been able to attract more funds to keep building both clinics and schools, always with the participation of the municipalities and - most importantly - the communities.
To learn more about the work of Mano a Mano Bolivia, visit www.manoamanobolivia.org.