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Causes: Community Health Systems, Economic Development, Health, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support

Mission: To create partnerships with impoverished Bolivian communities that improve health and increase economic well-being.

Results: Constructed 131 community health clinics, shipped over 4 million pounds of surplus medical supplies from the US to Bolivia, constructed 45 schools and teacher housing in rural communities, built 4 large water reservoirs, built or improved almost 1,400 kilometers of roads, and airlifted 1,450 critically ill or injured patients from rural communities to city clinics.

Target demographics: Rural Bolivian communities.

Geographic areas served: Rural Bolivia

Programs: Working in partnership with community residents, their local governments, and the Health Ministry, Mano a Mano constructs primary care clinics in isolated Bolivian communities. Clinic staff (a doctor and a nurse) are hired from Bolivia and are funded by the Bolivian Health Ministry or local municipality, medical supplies are collected in the US and distributed to our network of clinics, and Mano a Mano provides continuing health education to the staff and local community.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Mano a Mano has a management structure uses volunteer time in a manner that is productive and fun. The founders, staff and volunteers have an infectious attitude towards their mission and rightly so. It's an honor to be part of an organization that works with the Bolivian government to build 130-plus medical clinics, build miles of roads to help farmers bring crops to market, and other projects which go directly to making the lives of those living in rural Bolivia better.



Rating: 5

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.

1 Patricia O.


Rating: 5

As a public health professional with experience in international health and development I can say firmly that Mano A Mano International Partners is extraordinary, perhaps even unique. The organization's strength comes from its truly bilateral collaborative framework. Funds are raised both inside and outside Bolivia, but virtually all of the organization's staff are themselves Bolivians. I believe this accounts for Mano a Mano's record of fierce dedication and staggering accomplishment over the past decade and a half. The organization's co-founder, Segundo Velasquez, has been nominated this year for a prestigious Opus Foundation prize and is one of three candidates for the grand prize of $1 million. While it would be well-deserved if Segundo won, he is one among the organization's many "unsung heroes" who have transformed rural health care, education and transportation in Bolivia.