Sumando Manos Foundation

A non-profit association founded to give a hand to hundreds of people who needs it and extends the other to anyone wishing to help. Sumando Manos was founded in 2005 by a group of friends, residents of Miami with the purpose of bringing help to the children of Argentina. Objectives: Provide nutritional complements to children, Children in an annual health care control plan, Provide educational and preventive health care program, Promote better habits within the community, General Support.
Feb 9, 2017

Sumando Manos: 4th Quarter 2016 Summary Newsletter

Shoes - donation for school located in Salta
Shoes - donation for school located in Salta

Dear Friends

We believe that understanding an action through the  “why” we are doing it help us  to drive them by fulfillment instead of achievement and it is key to comprehend and aim to the impact beyond of results.

All projects related to fresh water are critical to improving a child’s quality of life, as clean water is fundamental to health, nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, and learning.

Monica, the Director of Rural School 365 in Huancar, Jujuy, had the following reaction when we confirmed that we would start working to provide her school with safe drinking water without arsenic and fluor:

"WHEN LOVE HAS NO BORDERS, THE WORDS ‘THANK YOU’ WILL BE INFINITE. MAY THE FAITH LIVE ON AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO SHED HIS LIGHT ON LAUDABLE WORK WITH THE SPIRIT OF SOLIDARITY, COMMITMENT, CONVICTION AND ABOVE ALL HUMILITY, WHICH ALL MAKE THE PEOPLE DOING THE WORK LIFT THEIR ARMS WITH A SMILE.”

THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE FOUNDATION AND TO ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT "

With immense emotion, we want to share that our work for School N.365 in Huancar, Jujuy, has been completed. The 82 children who attend this school will no longer consume water contaminated by harmful elements like arsenic and fluoride.

Rural School 365 is located more than 4100 meters above ocean level and isolated in an area with incredible weather extremes. The temperature can vary from 27 degrees Celsius to -18 degrees Celsius just between day and night. One of the biggest problems faced daily by the inhabitants of Huancar is the contamination of their drinking water, as the area’s volcanic sediments result in harmful elements like arsenic and fluoride entering their water supply.

Our project was highly complex, as it involved working with a remote geographic location, climate, and technology. The task, involved installing necessary filters for the reduction of arsenic and fluorine. The filters were integrated into a system of water tanks and an electric water heater to ensure the complete processing of the water. The filters had to be built to avoid freezing and to rely on a simple and minimal maintenance system.

The water tests performed by Jujuy Drinking Water showed excellent results, indicating that the arsenic and fluoride levels are now below the maximum levels allowed for consumption. (World Health Organization)

This work was made possible by many people who collaborated in different ways. Whether you contributed through inspiration, work, or donation, each of you was key to making this project a reality. The 82 children who attend school 365 in Huancar no longer consume poisoned water, and now feel that they have a better chance to grow and learn.

Special thanks to Maria Eugenia, Monica, and all of the rural teachers for their commitment, dedication, and love for the children.

To Santiago (specialist in water treatment), Marta, and Wilfredo Daniel  who are responsible for this projects’ execution.

Thanks for the will and commitment to help these children through Sumando Manos. Thank you all, and with much emotion, we share with you the message sent from the school:

We wish to share the news that, in September, we finished the repairs and project to provide drinking water at EEP N ° 239 located in the Pampa Chica Parade, Pampa del Indio, Chaco. The school has 144 students, with Hugo as it director.

Thanks to all those who continuously collaborate with us to improve these children’s quality of life. Through our work at the children’s schools, they are able to have a better opportunity. The 239 school is also part of the "Breakfast for a Child" program. This program has been delivering food to schools in Chaco and Misiones, monthly, for the last 7 years.

Children’s access to clean drinking water is key to improving their quality of life, as it is essential for their health, nutrition, hygiene, prevention, and learning.

We want to share a “Pedro Inchauspe” student’s excitement at the end of the 2016 semester when he received his diploma as a flag bearer at the school to which he walked 6 kilometers a day to attend. Here we see Efrain in the photo with his grandfather and director Hugo, overcome with deep emotion as he faced such an important and deserved achievement. We take this opportunity to thank the team of teachers who each day instruct their students, that do their work by changing the direction of a child’s life. With their conviction and perseverance, they have accompanied Efrain on this path with similar effort, love, and dedication. 

The school mentioned in the article (School 239 in Colonia Pampa Chica, Pampa del Indio, Chaco), at which Efrain completes his primary cycle, has been part of our "Breakfast for a Child" feeding program for 7 years. The program takes place in the provinces of Chaco and Misiones, providing nutrition for over 600 children who receive food, in order to supplement their breakfast and lunch. This program is crucial, because for many children this food is the only thing they eat during the day. To continue this project, we need your help. With just $10 per month a child can eat breakfast daily for a full month. Luis, Jorge and Ana has worked with us on this project through their monthly contribution and valuable availability of the staff of the local Supermarket in Resistencia, Chaco, who prepares the monthly orders and delivers them to the schools at no cost to our foundation. Next year we are planning to include 3 additional schools in Misiones.

During the month of November, we completed our work at School EEP No. 734 “Ejercito de los Andes" and the Kindergarten class, in Lot 3 Paraje Pampa Chica, Pampa Del Indio, Chaco, from to the QOM community, where 210 children attend. Our work included the complete installation of pipes for the orchard, and the repair of bathrooms for teachers and children. In this particular case, the pipe installation in the orchard supported one of the school’s main activities: through its Environmental Multipliers program, children and teachers participate in activities aimed at caring for animals, forestation, nature, eating habits, behaviors and values. Thanks to Ruben for the coordination, and the Director Claudia and Miss Nancy.

We continue working together with the Asociación Pequeños Pasos and the Conin Foundation of Loma Hermosa, Gral. San Martín, province of Buenos Aires. In October, we finished the roof  and floors of the center. Here are some photos of an afternoon they shared with the moms and the kids.

It is a great pleasure to continue our joint work with the Integral Educational CenterCamino a la Casita”. Our collaboration has led to the purchase of materials for the completion of classrooms that will support literacy. For a little over a month, the center has been working on its literacy project using the "Dale" Project (Right to Learn, Read and Write). From meeting to meeting, moment to moment, progress is seen. We therefore want to increase our focus on this project, since it is a key part of a child’s schooling and development.

Also, our collaboration allows the Integral Education Center to continue with the regular activities of Camino a la Casita, which include the complementary training of children in chess, basketball, drawing and music, as well as the provision of lunches and snacks.

It is always gratifying to receive material donations in Buenos Aires. Thanks to the constant work of Teresa, these contributions are organized, cataloged, and sent to the different schools, centers and small first aid centers that we serve in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Corrientes, Salta, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Misiones, and Chaco. We have the unconditional support of the transport companies that make the transfer and delivery at no cost to the foundation. We want to highlight in particular the donation of cots, mattresses, chairs, paintings, toys, clothes, from the Kindergarten "El Grillo Jacinto", which were sent to Asociacion Civil Pequeños Pasos. Schools were provided with fans, clothes, shoes, toys, school supplies, backpacks, storybooks, TVs, DVDs, computers, printers, toothbrushes and various items for school cooking. We’d like to thank Cesar Rolando from Famyca Company for the donation of packing tapes.

Further thanks to: Transportes Almafuerte for sending donations to Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Corrientes and Transportes Petrovalle for sending donations to Misiones, without charge.

Our work together with Sai Organization continues in the feeding centers, recreation centers and homes with which we collaborate with monthly. In the second half of 2016, Florencio Varela continued his pediatric and dermatological services in the Community Center. An average of 15 children were seen per visit. They were treated and given necessary medications. Here, a pediatric dentistry visit was also carried out in which children were found to have high rates of cavities. In the fields of dermatology and pediatrics, both children and adults were treated for several conditions.

In Gonzalez Catan, Province of Buenos Aires, pediatric visits were carried out bimonthly. Around 30 children and several moms attended. The most common problems were respiratory, parasitic and dermatological diseases. During the day, breakfast, lunch and recreational activities were offered.

In Barrio Los Oleros, Posadas, Province of Misiones, we continue with the bi-monthly medical service. Approximately 40 children per visit. The attendance of neighbors was numerous since the area’s hospital is remote and lacks doctors and medicine. The majority of the patients presented typical seasonal health problems. As always, each patient receives meticulous attention and information on prophylaxis, prevention, etc.

At the Sai Center in Las Talitas, Tucumán, weekly services continue. Approximately 40 children participate in workshops on human values, recreational activities, and a snack. In addition, a pediatric visit was conducted in which 42 children, 6 months to 18 years old, and two mothers received medical attention. The most common consultations were respiratory infections, parasites, scabies, and pediculosis.

In the Toba community of Derqui, Buenos Aires, a veterinary camp, otorhinolaryngology, phonoaudiology, and blood pressure control and medication distribution were carried out. In all cases, adequate medication or vaccination was provided at no cost. In veterinary care, 53 pets were taken care of. In otorhinolaryngology, 29 patients were attended to and all the patients referred to phonoaudiology were also tended to. Blood pressure control was performed on 23 people and adequate medication was given to all participants.

 

In the month of November, the annual cycle of pediatric and dental visits was completed. Together with the Civil Association Santa Clara, we took a trip to Catamarca in which we visited School 169 of Barranca Molle in Andalgalá and School 489 in Aconquija, El Pucara. Doctors, dentists, nurses, volunteers and 3 members of our foundation – Guillermo, Graciela, and their son Damián—participated in this trip. On this occasion, a total of 40 children were provided medical care, toothbrushes and toothpaste, medicine, utensils, non-perishable food items and other donations. As part of the trip, they visited a new school that will be incorporated into our aid plan: School 479 in Las Pampitas, Aconquija. This school is located at 1700 meters above sea level and has only 6 students. With our visit, they received food, supplies and clothing. As the other schools in this area, School 479 has a special school calendar, from August to May each year, because of its inhospitable location. Kids and teachers face the challenge of traveling across land, gravel, and cornice to reach the school each day.

We recognize and thank each member of the Santa Clara Civil Association for their commitment and dedication, as they put their lives at risk each year on trips to the isolated places where the rural schools are located. Their work ensures that the children receive medical care, dental care, and food. 

We continue to collaborate with FANDA in the "Ponele las Pilas" Campaign - during 2016 we donated over 2500 headset batteries that fill the needs of more than 25 children throughout the year - we remain committed so that more kids can use their hearing aids.

During the month of September, School 373, in Paraje El Boton, El Soberbio, Misiones, received a new generator. Many thanks, especially to Marisa Agrano for her collaboration, to Luis  and Jorge Alberto for taking care of the complex task of transportation and for their unconditional help as always. We also thank everyone who shared the news and offered their help. The generator is critical for the school’s operation and the children’s basic needs. THANK YOU!

Moreover, during the month of October and in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Chacabuco Park, Buenos Aires, a fundraising event was held to build a dining kitchen in School 373, El Soberbio, in the province of Misiones. Our thanks to the retired NCO Club of the Federal Police, to the Rotary Club for their commitment to this endeavor and to the people who accompanied us with their attendance or collaboration. Many thanks!!! More than 250 volunteers were present and hundreds more collaborated with their contribution.

Restaurant Choripan Rodizio joins the "Breakfast of a Child" campaign and waits for you at 10 Sussex ST., Hackensack, New Jersey. Starting on Monday, January 2, 2017, for each barbecue that is purchased by a customer, Restaurant Choripan Rodizio will donate 1 dollar. With 10 dollars, food is covered for one month for a child in rural schools in Argentina.

The "Breakfast of a Child" campaign implemented by Sumando Manos Foundation has been collaborating since 2010 in 6 schools in Pampa del Indio, Chacoand 1 school in El Soberbio , Misiones for about 600 children.

THANKS Restaurant Choripan Rodizio for joining the initiative and all who visit the restaurant and collaborate to continue improving the quality of life of underprivileged children in rural zones in Argentina.

Congratulations to all the students, teachers, librarians, directors, doctors, dentists, nurses, and volunteers for the effort put in throughout 2016. Together, we worked so that the children and adolescents of our beloved Argentina can have a better future.

THANK YOU to all that collaborated in different ways to ensure that the children have better opportunities and feel that they are important.

Donation for school in the montain in Catamarca
Donation for school in the montain in Catamarca
Dr. Sonia receiving donation in Santa Fe
Dr. Sonia receiving donation in Santa Fe
School in  Pucara, Catamarca
School in Pucara, Catamarca
Fun Activity in Pequenos Pasos - Feeding Center
Fun Activity in Pequenos Pasos - Feeding Center
Dermatologic treatment during Pediatric Service
Dermatologic treatment during Pediatric Service
Children attending School at Barranca Molle
Children attending School at Barranca Molle
Happiness - Clean Water is a reality in Huancar
Happiness - Clean Water is a reality in Huancar
Efrain completed Elementary School
Efrain completed Elementary School
Almost there after walking 6Km to reach the school
Almost there after walking 6Km to reach the school

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Dec 23, 2016

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Florencia
Florencia

“She is Florencia”.  She is 4 years old and attends Kindergarten at School # 939 "Francisco Cáceres" at Cuarta Legua, Pampa del Indio, Chaco.  Her teacher told us.  “At school, Florence is cheerful, very active and intelligent, just like her classmates, but she lives, like many underprivileged children belonging to this community, with great deficiencies. The help from Fundacion Sumando Manos and all donors worked so that Florencia can attend the garden every day. She received clothing and indispensable footwear, since during the cold season she did not go to school because she did not have overcoat, or she did it in sandals and t-shirt. Also, thanks to the support for the dining room, she receives a glass of milk daily and a plate of food at noon, so necessary for the child to achieve an adequate performance in her school’s tasks. Because, as in most cases, the school provide the only meal that they have daily.”

Thanks to the generosity of each one of you, Florencia attends the kindergarten every day and has completed this stage with great happiness. Today she prepares to continue her schooling next year.

Florence shows us the true impact of our task, thanks to her attendance at school, she has the possibility to feed daily, can learn and dream of a different future.

She represents the reality of thousands of children attending rural schools in Argentina, where currently there is a nutritional emergency in rural schools located at  isolated zones in Argentina.

This situation is aggravated by the lack of sanitary and education attention and the precarious infrastructure located in places with difficult accesses due to their geography and climate, where children walk barefoot more than 10 km to go to school and return to their homes (Please see panoramic picture showing where the schools are located)

The School # 939 "Francisco Cáceres" in Cuarta Legua, Pampa del Indio, Chaco is part of our campaign to provide food for rural schools in Chaco and Misiones in a monthly basis.

The food that underprivileged children receive at the school usually is their only daily meal. Communities under the poverty line are extremely vulnerable to hunger, and they can’t provide what children need to grow and learn. 

Children living with food insecurity lack a stable, reliable means of getting the meals they need.

Reduce malnutrition related to lack of food (quantity and quality), lack of hygiene and nutrition education, sickness and risk development is the objective of this campaign that along with other projects run by our organization to provide drinking water and pediatric and dental services has dramatically decreased extreme cases and infant mortality due to malnutrition in the places where we arrived with help.

Our campaign started in 2010 providing food for rural schools in Pampa del Indio. This campaign actually covers 7 rural schools providing food for around 600 children from Qom, Guarani and Wichi’s communities.

Schools Information:

  • E.E.G.B.Nº 239 “Pedro Inchauspe”, Paraje Pampa Chica, Pampa del Indio.(150), Principal: Hugo Baricheval
  • Jardín de Infantes #8 “I. P. Bufano” Turno Tarde, Pampa del Indio. (23), Principal: Isabel Giménez
  • Escuela Nº 916, El Gramillar, Pampa del Indio. (17), Principal: Ruben Alfonso
  • Escuela Nº 395, Paraje Pampa Ombu, Pampa del Indio. (17), Principal: Elias Jovanovich
  • Escuela Nº 1015, Paraje Campo Nuevo, Pampa del Indio. (75), Principal: Mario Perez
  • Escuela Nº 939 “Francisco Caceres, Paraje Cuarta Legua, Pampa del Indio. (262), Principal: Alicia Diez
  • Escuela Nº 373, Paraje El Botón, El Soberbio, Misiones. (42), Principal: Osvaldo Bordón.


Thanks for supporting and trust on our organization to be the liaison between your generosity and the children in need.

Thanks to you and leveraging the partnership with other organizations, we have made the kids who are part of our plan look at the world with a smile, because that's what we work for: "For the smile of a child"

Happy Holidays for everyone and your families, and the wish that for 2017 all of us have the conviction,enthusiasm, understanding, commitment, compassion, patience and above all love, to do everything possible to make a better world.

School 169 at Barranca Molle-Catamarca
School 169 at Barranca Molle-Catamarca
School 365 at Huancar-Jujuy
School 365 at Huancar-Jujuy
School 373 at El Boton-Misiones
School 373 at El Boton-Misiones
Delivering food at Catamarca
Delivering food at Catamarca's Schools
Pediatric Services
Pediatric Services
Dentist Service
Dentist Service
Children
Children
Thank You
Thank You

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Dec 6, 2016

There are not barriers to help. Clean Water for an isolated rural school at more than 13400 feet

Children in School 365 - 1
Children in School 365 - 1

Ths was Monica (School’s Principal)’s reaction once we confirm the beginning of the project.

“WHEN LOVE DOES NOT HAVE BORDERS, THE WORD "THANKS" BECOME INFINITE. LIVE THE FAITH AND THAT GOD BLESS YOUR SOLIDARITY AND COMMITMENT, AND CONTINUES LIGHTING THE LOABLE AND HUMBLE TASK OF THOSE WHITH A SMILE AND THEIR EXTENDED HANDS HELP OTHERS. FOR ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE FOUNDATION AND TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT, THANK YOU”

With great happiness and emotion we want to share that the work has been completed in the School N.365 Eduardo Calsina (Huancar, Jujuy). School attendance: 82 children. They will no longer consume water contaminated with elements so harmful to their health and development. (Arsenic and Fluor)

Rural School 365 is located at more than 4100 meters high (13450 feet), isolated (see picture “Panoramic View”); in one of the areas in the world with the largest temperatures’ amplitude (they can vary from 27  to -18 degrees Celsius between day and night / from 80F to -1F). One of the main problems daily faced by people living in Huancar is the contamination of Arsenic and Fluor in the water, as a consequence of the volcanic sediments of the area.

This work of high complexity, as much by the geographic location, access, climate and technology, included the installation of the filters necessary for the reduction of arsenic and fluor. It was integrated to a system of water tanks and electric tank to assure the complete processing of the water, to avoid its freezing and to depend on a simple and minimal system of maintenance.

The water tests performed by Official Jujuy Drinking Water Department showed excellent results, indicating that the arsenic and fluor levels are now below the maximum permitted consumption parameters. (World Health Organization)

All projects related to water consumption are the key to improving the quality of life of children because they are critical to their health, nutrition, hygiene and prevention, learning and development.

This work was made possible by many people who collaborate in different ways. From inspiration, work or donation, each one of you was important and makes it happens.

Today it is a reality  that the 82 boys who attend school 365 in Huancar (Jujuy) will no longer consume poisoned water, and feel that they have a better opportunity to grow and learn.

Special thanks to Maria Eugenia Toconas and Monica Lilian Lescano, and through them to all the rural teachers for their commitment, dedication and love for the children; Santiago Del Hoyo (Water Treatment Specialist), Marta B Azcueta, and Wilfredo Daniel Alvarez who are responsible for the implementation of this work and to make it a reality for Huancar, Jujuy.

Thank you for the willingness and commitment to all the people who help through Sumando Manos, and allow us to be the liaison between them and the underprivileged children living in remote zones. Thanks for giving them a better opportunity for the future and a better quality of life.

THANK YOU!!!!!

Panoramic View
Panoramic View
Children and Teachers
Children and Teachers
Roads
Roads
Arriving to the schools to start the project
Arriving to the schools to start the project
Children - 2
Children - 2
Children - 3
Children - 3
Filter System
Filter System
Water Test Result
Water Test Result
Road - 2
Road - 2

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