November 12, 2012
I first came in contact with Mano a Mano while I was studying Spanish in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Because of what I saw and heard at the Mano a Mano headquarters in Bolivia, I volunteered every Saturday for the 6 months I was in Bolivia, unpacking medical equipment and medicines. I was incredibly touched by the dedication, compassion, and commitment of the Bolivians who worked with or volunteered for Mano a Mano. I was equally impressed by what they were doing to lower infant mortality as well as bring health care to people who had little to no access to medical help. When I returned to Minnesota I discovered a similar spirit among the staff and volunteers affiliated with Mano a Mano there. The spirit of the founders, Segundo and Joan Velasquez, is reflected and magnified by the staff and volunteers in St. Paul. Mano a Mano not only touches the lives of the poor of Bolivia, it energizes and elevates those who are fortunate enough to be affiliated with this incredible organization.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?