Dear friends, we are happy to share with you the successfully implementation of the equipment needed for the extraction and distribution of safe drinking water in School Nº 734 Ejército de los Andes, in Lote 3, Pampa Chica, Province of Chaco.
The school has 57 students in the kindergarten level and 110 in the elementary level who are the directly impacted by this improvement as well as their families who also benefit from the access to the water.
Contaminated water is a severe problem in schools of the province of Chaco because it hinders healthy childhood development and it produces extreme malnutrition in children.
The installation of a water extraction pump in the existing water well to transport water to a water tank and the pipes in order to distribute and supply water to the school bathrooms and kitchen is key to the school and community. This process was previously carried out by hand using buckets to extract the water and bring it to the bathrooms and kitchen; such procedure compromised water cleanliness and quality at the time of consumption or usage for hand or food washing .
The bathroom toilets were fixed and as well as the kitchen sink which is a great improvement of health conditions. Next week the piping system to provide water to the vegetable garden will be completed.
The completion of this project complements the key role of the teachers and directors in rural schools who take care of the academic aspects as well as a proper nutrition.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this project by trusting our foundation to be the liaison between you and the children who need your generosity by continuing to improve the quality of life of those children who need it the most.
We'd like to invite you to visit our website www.sumandomanos.org to learn more about our projects in 100 rural schools, feeding centers, foster homes and low income communities throughout 15 Argentine provinces. We reach these children through different medical, nutrition and education programs.
Sumando Manos Foundation
Queremos compartir con ustedes que hemos terminado en forma exitosa el proyecto para extracción y distribución de agua potable para la escuela Nº 734 Ejército de los Andes. Lote 3, Pampa Chica. Chaco.
La escuela cuenta hoy con 57 alumnos en jardín de infantes y 110 en nivel primario que se ven directamente beneficiados por la obra, así como indirectamente sus familias.
El problema del agua contaminada es un tema crítico en las escuelas de la provincia del Chaco, lo que imposibilita el sano desarrollo de los niños y genera problemas extremos de desnutrición,
A través de la instalación de un motor para la extracción del agua del aljibe, puesta en funcionamiento del tanque cisterna y de las cañerías para la distribución y abastecimiento del agua, ahora la escuela puede disponer de agua potable en baños y cocina, y así, reemplazar el proceso anterior que se realizaba a través de la extracción manual y acarreo a pie con baldes, que además comprometían la calidad del agua que sería consumida por los niños.
La obra incluyo el arreglo y puesta en funcionamiento de los baños que estaban en desuso y la cocina, y de esta forma, también se mejoran las condiciones de higiene, tanto de los niños, como también para el lavado de los alimentos que son consumidos por ellos. (Próximamente se completara el sistema de cañería para el riego de la huerta)
Esto complementa rol clave de los(as) maestros(as) y directores(as) en las escuelas rurales, ya que sirven de contención a los niños, y les garantizan que reciban su alimentación diaria.
Gracias a todos los que participaron y gracias por confiar en nuestra organización para que sea el enlace entre ustedes y los niños que necesitan de su generosidad, así continuar mejorando la calidad de vida de los niños que más lo necesitan.
Los invitamos a visitar nuestro sitio en Internet www.sumandomanos.org y conocer en más detalle sobre los proyectos de ayuda, alimentación, nutrición y educación que realizamos en alrededor de 100 escuelas rurales, comedores infantiles y barrios carenciados, en 15 provincias de ARGENTINA.
once again we’re sharing with you exciting news and achievements for the first quarter of 2015. We started another year of service and are very proud to announce that this year will be the 10th year anniversary of our foundation! Our project started as an idea we wanted to develop, always believing that there was something else we could do to help others. We grew more and more as we learned about the needs of people in Argentina and all our projects and ideas have been achieved thanks to your help. That’s why we would like to wish you a happy 10th anniversary as well, for being such a significant part in our project. Thank you for sharing with us, for trusting our organization to be the link between your generosity and the children in need.
In March we finished the installation of the first drinking water well of the year at school EGB Nº 634 located in Paraje Fortín Brown, 45 km from Pampa del Indio, Chaco. We finished the connections to the water tank, repaired the bathrooms, kitchen and gutters. There was also an addition made to be able to gather rain water. Children, teachers and people in the community now have access to drinking water!
We continue adding schools and organizations to our assistance program. During the month of March we began working with “Asociación Civil Pequeños Pasos”, a non for profit organization that works to detect, prevent and control childhood malnutrition by providing balanced diets with rigorous control conducted by professional nutritionists. Located in Loma Hermosa, Buenos Aires, they assist 86 children and 68 mothers. We are helping by providing funds to cover food cost and nutritionists’ fees. Our partner in Argentina, Teresa Donaire, has also coordinated donations of different items needed.
We continue giving our program “Breakfast for the Children” in Chaco and Misiones. More than 300 children benefit from this program and receive breakfast and/or lunch. The school year started in March 2015, throughout this year we will keep working with teachers, students and school staff, wishing them a year full of success and learning.
Unfortunately during the months of summer when schools are closed, two of the schools were robbed. Some of the items stolen included gas pipes for the kitchen and the hoses that carry water to the school. We were able to replace most of the items, specially the hoses to be able to provide drinking water to the children.
All soup kitchens, pediatric and dental services we provide through Organizacion Sai in Buenos Aires, Salta, Tucumán, Santa Fe and Misiones have remained in effect and these are some of the activities that took place during the first quarter of 2015.
400 children from Mocovi comunity in Recreo attended the center in Noccan Kani, Santa Fe, where they receive meals every Thursday and Sunday. This year we are also providing tutoring every Thursday to the children whose mothers participate in the knitting activities. They make blankets and other items for expecting mothers.
In Posadas, Misiones we continued our services although we had some changes in schedules due to flooding in the area.
In San Ignacio we had more children registered this school year. Both of the additional classrooms (Pindoyti and Tava Mirí) are branches of the rural bilingual school #44 located outside San Ignacio. In these classrooms the students and their siblings receive two meals a day (breakfast / lunch or lunch / afternoon snack). The items received by the government are not enough, which is a great concern for the teachers. Many times they use their own salary to support these children. The foundation was able to provide powdered milk, food, candy, school supplies, shoes, clothing, etc.
At “Mamitas” home for young expecting moms, we delivered donations of diapers, food, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, etc. The institution had run out of supplies and its coordinator contacted us with her concern, they did not have enough resources to support these girls. They used to help and serve in a soup kitchen located in the neighborhood where they also received meals, but that soup kitchen was shut down by the government so our presence and support is now indispensable.
In Los Oleros neighborhood, we provided medical services twice a month, as usual. We took care of 25 people, 17 of them were children and teenagers. Many neighbors were seen for different reasons. They’re very poor and need to travel long distances to be able to receive any kind of help. One of the men in the community told us that his wife recently passed away because he wasn’t able to reach a hospital in time. She suffered from hypertension peak but he didn’t make it on time to the hospital since his car didn’t work and he had to take the bus with her. This neighborhood is getting more populated but there aren’t enough services to support such increase in population, specially the drinking water supplies. We have noted pathologies typical of the season, besides others due to poor hygiene. The community is deeply thankful for the care and attention they’re receiving now. Some of the most common health issues treated here are bronchitis, fungal infections, furunculosis, hypertension, dermatitis, allergies, underweight malnutrition and parasitosis.
At the Toba community in Derqui, Buenos Aires, we have been working with emphasis on the integration of the children to society, help them connect to nature and promote a commitment towards our services in order to achieve a productive experience. We took on different learning projects such as “Proyecto Huerta” through different activities such as songs, storytelling, art and some simple yoga exercises. These activities were followed by lunch. Afterwards we worked on seedlings in recycled bottles, during this activity we explained how to take care of plants. We planted two trees. We concluded the day with a casual meeting (adults only). During the following visit we planted our seedlings and other seeds directly in the ground and also worked on protecting our orchard. We foresee significant improvement in this community.
At “Casa Feliz Sai”, soup kitchen in Gonzalez Catan, Buenos Aires, we assist approximately 500 children a month. On Saturdays we serve meals for around 70 children. We sang songs with the children and held different events such as agricultural and hygiene workshops with emphasis in the importance of washing hands. We also delivered hygiene items. Every Saturday we served breakfast to the children, chocolate milk, cookies and cereal. Lunch was also provided. They received a meal with bread and juice. The children help pick up and clean after breakfast and then they play and color. Sometimes we also play movies, which we later discuss. All these events are organized by the people in charge of the place and volunteers from the Sai organization. Once the children finish playing, they get the place ready to serve lunch. On Saturday 01/11 we took approximately 30 children 10 years and older to Punta Lara, a swimming facility. They left at 8.30 AM and came back at 7PM. They were accompanied by chaperones and were transported by a bus company from the area.
Health services: on 01/25 a pediatrician and a dentist provided their services to this community. Doctors and volunteers were there at 9.15 to get the place ready and begin seeing patients. While these activities were taking place, Gloria and her family were making breakfast for the children (chocolate milk with cookies and cereal). The volunteers in charge of the Human Values Workshop and some of the children began working on the rooms and getting ready for the activities. The pediatrician saw 31 children. The most frequent conditions were skin and respiratory infections, and eye problems. The dentist saw 9 patients with different problems including extractions and other treatments. All the patients received medication to treat their condition. At the same, there was a class in Human Values teaching about “Care, Happiness and Dedication”. The children sang songs and listened to a story and and did a guided questions and answers activity. At the end, lunch was served for everyone. During the next pediatric visit on February 14, 16 children and 5 adults were seen. They were treated for skin and respiratory infections. On March 21 there was a new pediatric visit; 28 children and 5 adults were treated for different conditions such as parasitosis and respiratory infections. As usual, there was teaching in Human Values, fun activities, a sewing workshop and a meal for everyone present on both occasions.
A “La Casita Sai” soup kitchen in Florencio Varela all activities took place as usual; children were served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack twice a week. The building of a new doctor’s office was finished so the doctors can treat patients in a more comfortable environment. All 60 children who attend every week participate in all the activities - from helping cook to setting up with enormous happiness. They received a monthly visit from a pediatrician, dentist and dematologist. In January, 9 children were seen and a high risk for cavities was observed due to lack of oral health. A similar situation was observed in February and in March, when 14 children were treated for the same reason. From here on, there will be workshops for parents and caregivers to encourage preventive oral care in children and adults. The dermatologist treated patients for eccema, xerodermia, head lice, burns and psoriasis.
At the Merendero Belén (soup kitchen), in Villa Solidaridad, Salta there were weekly meetings on Saturday where children enjoyed a meal and had a great time. Thanks to the house owners where meetings are held, Eva and Luis, who prepare chocolate milk, rice and milk, bread and pastries, the children always have amazing afternoons full of fun and love. They participate in games and recreational activities. About 40 young children attend constantly every week and some of their moms all help. On January 6 there was a celebration because of the day of the “Three Maggi” and it was an amazing afternoon with food, games, songs, educational talks and special presents for the children brought from India.
In “Las Talitas” (soup kitchen), Tucumán, more than 35 children participate every week in different activities including a meal, games, songs, and different workshops. They also received shoes and clothing. In January, there was a celebration because of the day of the “Three Maggi” where the children had a fabulous time eating, playing and they also got t-shirts as presents. During January, the pediatrician treated 42 children for skin and respiratory infections and parasites. Each patient received the necessary medicine for their condition. There were different questions about teenage health that were answered by the pediatrician.
Infinite thanks to the endless work of our leader in Buenos Aires, Teresa and her group of helping hand for the incredible amount of donations received, cleaned, washed, organized and sent to the different schools and organizations according to their needs. Teresa has an extensive network of volunteers who help by donating items, money, time and labor so many children can access many things they lack and put smile on their faces. Among them we have to especially thank Mr. Cesar from Famyca for donating all the packing tape used to send the packages and boxes to the schools; and to Humberto for fixing all the donated computer equipment free of charge and he ocasionally also helps with the organization of the wherehouse and packing.
A great number of donations were received and sent to our schools in Chaco, Corrientes, Salta, Entre Rios and San Luis. Among the items received we can mention clothing, soccers jerseys, soccer balls, athletic shoes, educational toys, books, schools supplies, a flag, first aid kits, tooth brushes and tooth paste, medicine, non-perishable food items, linens, towels, mattresses, bed sheets and blankets, kitchen utensils, computers, tvs, radios, fans among others. There was a special donation of 16 chairs and 3 tables for a kindergarten class, a library shelf that were sent to one of the school in need of those items.
NIKE Argentina donated 100 pairs of athletic shoes to promote a change through sport activities; the shoes were sent to one of the schools and the children received them with great joy.
During the month of December 2014 Teresa travelled to Chaco to visit several of the schools in the area. During her visit to School N*97 she gave away soccer balls and she got lots of smiles in return!
We want to express our sincere thanks to the companies that transport the donations to the different schools free of charge: Expreso Amafuerte, Logística Salta, Expreso Demonte, Expreso San Juan de Cuyo.
Our deep gratitute to the school directors, teachers and students who make a daily effort to attend school and improve their education and their lives because they believe in the opportunity of a better future. To most of them the mere fact of getting to school means that they have to walk several miles, hitchhike or ride a horse due to the remote location of the schools. We’d like to thank them for being our allies and an integral part of our f0undation.
THANKS Everyone for trusting in our foundation to be the liaison between the children who need our help and yourselves
SUMANDO MANOS FOUNDATION
Another installation to provide drinkable water was completed last month. The project was implemented in the School EEGB 634 PROVINCIAS ARGENTINAS, PJE. FORTIN BROWN, PAMPA DEL INDIO (Chaco) and now the children count with safe and clean water .
Drinking water is the main and critical factor to prevent child deaths from malnutrition, and to improve the quality of life of children. In addition, we will continue supporting the school through our annual Nutrition, Health and Education programs. As you know any amount matters to support our Nutrition Education and Health programs for helping underprivileged children in remote zones in Argentina, and we are very happy to share with you that if your are an employee in United Stated in the following corporation: Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft and Expedia, donations to our foundation can be registered in your company matching program.
Once you donate to our organization, you can register it in your company matching program, and your company will donate the equivalent amount to our organization too! And your donation value is double!
Also we continue being part of Amazon contribution program, and any purchase at Amazon using the link smile.amazon.com (indicating in your profile that you support Sumando Manos Foundation), a 0.5% of the value of your purchases will be donated to our organization.
Thanks for all your support, we continue helping more than 7000 thousand children throughout 90 communities in 14 provinces in Argentina, improving their quality of live for a better opportunity and a future.
Thanks for trusting us to be the liaison between your generosity and them.
Drinking water is the main and critical factor to prevent child deaths from malnutrition, supporting our annual Nutrition, Health and Education program for improving their quality of life,
During 2014 we have completed 4 projects for schools located in Chaco (Argentina), helping more than 250 children and their communities with clean water.
For 2015, we will continue implementing projects to provide Drinkable Water for more schools in remote zones in Argentina.
The plan for this first semester is to complete 2 installations in Chaco and 1 in Jujuy.
Estimated Total Cost = US$ 8000 for completing the 3 projects.
Every donation helps to ensure that we can continue supporting and helping underprivileged children to have an opportunity.
Thanks again for all you have done to help this cause and for trusting in our foundation to be the liaison between the children who needs our help and yourselves.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information about our activities or our Foundation.
Dear Friends, We are in the final stretch of 2014 and we’d like to share this newsletter so you can be informed of our progress. We continue growing, but even more so, we continue to keep our word in our commitment to constant aid. Thank you for giving us the tools to make this a reality.
Sumando Manos Nutriction, Health and Education's programas support more 6500 childern in more than 90 schools, foster homes and childern feed centers and their communities located in remote zones throughout 14 provinces in Argentina,
Here is a brief description of some of our ongoing activities.
Our program “Breakfast for the Children” continues in Chaco and Misiones. Approximately 300 children benefit from it and receive breakfast and/or lunch. This is a key campaign since at many of these schools this is the only meal the kids receive during the day. Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. With US$10 we can provide breakfast to a child for an entire month;
Teresa Donaire, our coordinator of operations in Buenos Aires received a great amount of material donations which were sent to different schools and institutions. The Kindergarten students from the School Ejército de los Andes, located in Lote 3, Paraje Pampa Chica, Pampa del Indio, Chaco received 50 pairs of sneakers. They also received school supplies, shoes, story books, children’s and adult’s clothing. From Miami we received bed sheets, books, towels, adult and children’s shoes, childrens’ clothing such as underwear, T-shirts, pants, adult clothing including wool jackets and leftover fabric. Moreover, thanks to our generous donors in Buenos Aires who constantly donate numerous items to send to our schools; those items include medication, baby clothing and shoes, toys, toiletries, eating utensils, umbrellas, bags and sports clothing. 2 computers, 2 knitting machines, books, wool, 1 sewing machine, 1 bed and 1 washing machine.
“Casa Feliz” soup kitchen Gonzalez Catan – Buenos Aires
There have been 4 monthly meetings in which approximately 55–70 children in each one which delighted in chocolate milk with cereal or cookies. At lunch time they ate rice or noodles with lentils or vegetables, homemade bread and water. Once children finish their breakfast they either stay in the lounging area or if time permits transfer tables and chairs to the outside patio to interact with volunteers which hand them the necessary materials with which to draw or color. Once a month the lounging area is used to give children medical attention including otolaryngology. There was also a small portion of this area separated for veterinary services. Pets were generally tended to in an open area and used for educational purposes to teach human values.
With each check up approximately 25 children were treated with difficulties in airborne and skin infections. There were dental services performed. Amongst these were five extractions, several seals, and periodontal treatments. Some children strictly came for a consultation. In each case, however the attending professional reminded those children and accompanying adults the importance of proper physical hygiene and dental health. All patients tended were given the necessary medication for their treatment.
Las Talitas, Tucuman
There were 4 monthly meetings in which 35 children participated every time. Amongst the activities performed there was time dedicated to educating children in proper bodily care. Breakfast was served which consisted of chocolate milk and bread. Donated clothes, and footwear and food items were distributed as well.
Noccan Kani, Santa Fe
Pediatric visits were completed and they also included the visit of a clinical doctor and an eye doctor. The pediatrician saw approximately 15 children, the clinical doctor saw 20 and about 18 were seen by the eye doctor. Clothing, shoes and food were distributed among the children.
Merendero Belén, Salta
Monthly pediatric visits were completed and all the children and their parents who needed to be seen were helped by the doctors. The most common problems were intestinal colics, faringitis, insuficiency in upper airways, acute pneumonia and several families and children were seen to perform an overall control of their health.
Asociación Civil Santa Clara
The trip to Misiones, Paraje El Botón, Aldea Guarani Jejy was done in May. In this community, electricity was recently installed, and also water from a well, and bathrooms were added to school. These factors did unite a lot of families that were previously living in other remote villages or in the middle of the jungle in Misiones. Most of the children had lice, scabies, fungal skin infections, skin lesions, insect bites, etc. We are committed to an upcoming trip in order to deliver lice treatments, dermatological and antifungal creams, etc.
On this trip were conducted medical and dental clinical care in most children (approximately 90 children).
During the month of June a trip to Santiago del Estero was done and in September, the trip to Catamarca, covering 4 schools and 200 childrens. In addition to conduct pediatric and dental services, food, clothers and other donations were given to the schools and their communities..
The work in tribute to the memory of Daniel Donaire for drinking water instalation in Annex School 676 located in Lot 4 in Pampa del Indio (Chaco) has been completed. Drinking water is a critical factor in preventing child deaths from malnutrition and to improve the quality of life for the nearly 120 children who attend and their families.
Thank you for your generosity, thank you all for what you did for the kids to have a chance, a better future, and through them, the spirit of Dani continue to be present.
We continue to provide pediatric services for schools in remote areas in different provinces in Argentina though the donations we receive on GlobalGiving, where when clicking the following link, you can learn all the details about the project, stories and pictures of the children and the supported communities. All help is welcome. With $10 a child’s breakfast for an entire month is provided. With $25 the costs of the medical visits they receive are also covered. We thank all those who have collaborated through donations and votes of support with our project, especially hp Argentina, Discovery, Moodys and Comcast for their contributions through the corporate program “Gift Card” in GlobalGiving. For more information and to donate, please visit:
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We are really excited to have included 3 new school to our network:
- School N* 4791 in Pozo del Tigre, Salta.
-Kindergarten Class from School Ejército de los Andes, located in Lote 3, Paraje Pampa Chica, Pampa del Indio, Chaco. All of these children are QOM (tobas) .
-School N*513, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento located in Santa Fe.
We would like to thank the individuals and companies that support us through donations:
-Eduardo De Levie who donated curtain fabric scraps; especially for the School 632 to be used in their annual project "Let’s go to the circus".
-The employees at "PIGMENTO" who donated food items for the School N° 373, in Paraje El Botón, El Soberbio, Misiones.
-Coats Cadena S.A. for the donation of wool to knit blankets for the children in rural schools.
-Humberto Gugliemi for repairing the donated computers free of charge.
- Cesar Rolando from Famyca for donating the boxes of packing tape that are used to send donations and especially the 121 packages sent to the schools in Misiones, Corrientes, Chaco, Ente Ríos, Tucumán, San Luis y Salta.
-Expreso Taragui in Misiones joint our network by transporting packages to the schools free of charge.
-Meerkats Hockey Group for all kid shoes and school supplies
Thanks for all your support
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