We continue providing medical and nutritional services to over 7000 children in Argentina. But we haven't stopped there.
We're now also providing drinking water, which is key to their survival. Starting in 2016, we've already installed six different water plants in the area of Pampa del Indio, Chaco with amazing results as children can now drink, cook and wash with clean water.
We've also succesfully installed a water filtration system, to clean up arsenic water. This is a very complex process, done by people with a certain degree of expertise who had to travel over one thousand miles in order to perform this job. The beneficiary of this complex work was a school in the town of Huancar, province of Jujuy, at the end of a windind and mountanous road, not suitable for everyone. However, over one hundred children and thier respective families have been benefitted by this project and now can enjoy a basic benefit that people living in a city enjoy: drinking clean water.
We've not stopped there. Every two month, Sumando Manos continues to take a road trip with dentists, nurses and pediatrists in order to attend to the need of children in Jujuy, Salta, Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Misiones, Catamarca and other rural area schools that need medical care, nutrition, clothing and school supplies.
We continue working on behalf of those that help our foundation and maintain our promise to continue our campaign with dignity and effort.
Thank you for your continuous support.
When schools starts, for most kids it is an exciting time between choosing a new backpack, a new gadget or the coolest new shoes on the market. However, for our kids in rural areas of Argentina it is a different story. Going back to school after the summer recess mostly means being able to get a meal on a daily basis whether it is breakfast or lunch, and sometimes, this is the only one they’ll get for the day. It also means reuniting with their loving teachers who are also cooks, nurses, gardeners, janitors and so much more. The rural school also becomes a First Aid Center where doctors can provide medical care on their trips. Under the loving and dedicated care of rural school teachers the kids make the effort to get to school by foot, by horse or by bike if they’re lucky enough to have one. Some walk long miles to get there, others sleep at school during the week and others hitch a ride on a motorcycle or a neighbor’s car. Despite many obstacles, kids are happy and face reality with an optimistic outlook. We strive to help them feel that they have an opportunity to have a better present and future. Our work can only be achieved with the support of our donors and sponsors who join hands with us to work tirelessly so these communities can have access to medical, nutritional and educational services.
“All of the support and constant donations have helped for many needs and problems, also attracted the kids back to school. Enrollment rose from 5 to 42 children. We were in a place forgotten and far away, but all the help we received for years allowed us to learn and understand a word so important, the most important, even unknown for us: LOVE”, were Principal Osvaldo’s words after see how his school located in the middle of the jungle at El Boton (El Soberbio, Misiones) was transformed and the children are attending class without facing anymore the treats of mal nutrition or infant mortality due the lack of food and contaminated water.
“WHEN LOVE DOES NOT HAVE BORDERS, THE WORD "THANKS" BECOME INFINITE”, were Principal Monica’s words when we contacted her to let them know that we are able to implement a project to filter out Arsenic and Flour. After decades without a solution, the children count with clean water in her isolated school located in the mountains at more than 13000 feet high in Huancar (Jujuy, Argentina).
Schools are located in isolated places: mountains, jungles, and this situation is aggravated by the lack of sanitary and education attention, the irregular or scarce government aid, and the precarious infrastructure located in places with difficult accesses due to their geography, climate and lack of paved roads.
We carry out visits to several provinces providing help to our teachers and supporting their invaluable work.
Communities under the poverty line are extremely vulnerable to hunger, and they can’t provide what children need to grow and learn.
The food that underprivileged children receive at the school usually is their only daily meal. And reaching out them with doctors and dentist through our projects is the only access they have to receive a basic healthcare support.
Many times we look at situations from our perspective, based on our experience and knowledge we assume things and take them as given. But if we change the context, that knowledge may not be useful, or sometimes a simple and trivial situation can become very complex one.
Among the many cases treated during the last years, I would like to share the story about 2 children.
During a routine revision done by our doctors at rural schools in Santiago del Estero, the following two cases were detected and carefully treated by them. One child with a hot coal burn (wood stove) and the other child with a boiling water burn.
A domestic accident like a burn can be treated quickly in a city, but when this happens in an isolated community without infrastructure and access to cover their basic needs, one simple burn can lead to an infection, gangrene and even the death of the child.
Our doctors saved their lives
Since 2005, reaching more than 11000 children throughout more than 120 rural schools, feeding centers and foster homes, there have been several stories and projects in the history of our organization like the ones above. However, those stories only exist because a lot of people were willing to understand other people’s needs, and their realities, and they were willing to give to make a change.
Please make a change in your life and make a change in other people lives. Just let yourself be driven by fulfillment instead of achievement, and suddenly you will realize that helping others is easier than you think.
By donating, you become part of this project. Please join us and reach as many children as we can. Any amount counts.
Your support is the key to make underprivileged children feel that there are important and have an opportunity for a better future.