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.
Jun 10, 2013

Sumando Manos Foundation: May 2013 Newsletter

Children in Misiones
Children in Misiones

We continue working hard and started the year full of energy and lots of activities to share with you.

The foundation keeps growing and reaching those children who need us so much and this is all thanks to those people who believe in us and gives us their support. As you read this newsletter, remember we were able to accomplish all this because of you.

 Projects and Achievements:

  • The Foundation is reviewing different options to supply freshwater to the schools located in Pampa del Indio.  This location in Chaco lacks freshwater. The excavation work has to be made several meters deep as the first layers only have salt water, which cannot be used. The children show signs of skin problems, malnutrition and parasites related to the use of rain and river water. As always, we try to improve these children future so if you’d like to participate in this project, please send us an email to contactenos@sumandomanos.org
  • The Santa Clara Civil Association conducted a trip to Catamarca, where they visited two schools. After going through mountain trails and following tracks trough fields, they delivered shoes, clothing, toys, nonperishable food, milk powder, school supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc.

They provided dental care (cavities, extractions and fluoride treatments) to 39 children and the adults that were with them. The dentists taught oral hygiene to those who received their services.

The same dental and medical attention was provided during the last week of April in Misiones where the group of doctors visited 5 schools and took care of 100 children and 50 adults. They also received non perishable food, school and medical supplies for over 200 children. The humanitarian commitment and effort made by the members and volunteers of Santa Clara Civil Association is key for the lives and future of the children in the communities mentioned above due to the difficult access to these remote places which is worsened by the lack of their basic needs being met.

As every year, the schedule for medical visits will be completed in Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Entre Ríos, Jujuy and Salta accordingly to their calendar.

  • We continued our program “Breakfast for the Children”. As in previous years, when the new school year started, we began the deliveries of food to the schools in Chaco that are part of our program. Approximately 270 children benefit from this program and receive breakfast and/or lunch.
  • During March and April Grupo ASSA, an Argentinean company, conducted a campaign to collect school supplies, clothes, shoes and board games for the children. The donations are being delivered to schools that participate in our assistance program located in Chaco, Salta, Misiones, Corrientes y Entre Ríos. Thank you very much for your support!
  • Coordinated by our collaborator in Argentina, Teresa Donaire, we received numerous donations of different items such as shoes, kitchenware, tablecloths, napkins, kitchen aprons, appliances, clothing for children, babies and adults, quilts, blankets, tricycles, children's cards, movies, costumes, story books, school supplies, candy, bookshelves, curtains, toys, medication, backdrop for projections and artificial logs for gas stoves. These items will be sent to schools and institutions located in Corrientes, Santa Fe, Salta, Misiones, Entre Ríos, San Luis and Neuquén. We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Villa Crespo for their clothes and shoes donation, as well as Cesar Rolando for his continuous contribution of packing tape that we use to ship our donations!
  • During January and February we continued our routine medical visits to Gonzalez Catan. 37 patients received care in our dental office. We conducted extractions, fixed cavities and checked the oral health of our patients. 141 children received pediatric care. Cases that were treated in previous visits were monitored and controlled. As usual, some children show digestive problems (gastroenteritis and parasites), skin conditions and respiratory tract infections. All patients received the necessary medication to treat their conditions as well as vitamins for those babies who needed it. We take this opportunity to thank Gloria, who so tenderly prepares the delicious meals for the children.
  • On Sunday March 24th we provided medical care at the Indigenous Community Mocoví COM CAIA located in Recreo, Santa Fe. 8 children were treated; they showed signs of respiratory problems (asthma, laryngitis, bronchospasm), diarrhea, allergies and scabies. 11 adults received care at the cardiologic clinic (10 women and 1 man) that were showing different signs of anemia, headaches, osteoarthritis, arthritis, bronchitis, high blood pressure, allergy. The ophthalmologic office received 12 patients. Several volunteers from Nokan Kani prepared and organized lunch that day for all who attended the visits.
  • On Saturday March 23rd we provided pediatric care in Merendero Belén in Villa Solidaridad, Salta. During this visit we treated 16 children and 2 mothers from the neighborhood Villa Solidaridad, the most common diseases found were respiratory and skin conditions. After receiving medical care, the children worked on art projects and enjoyed a delicious meal lovingly made by the owner of the house together with the volunteers.
  • On March 9th we began our pediatric services in Las Talitas, Tucumán. On that day, 20 children and 3 adults received treatment. The most common diseases observed were conditions of upper and lower respiratory tract, parasites and skin problems. There were workshops for the parents on how to prevent bronchiolitis. During this event, we received the collaboration of volunteers who organized the visits and were also in charge of recreational activities for the children.
  • The School N°37 "Dominguito"  located in a rural area Paraje Las Cuevas, Dpto.Diamante, Entre Ríos was added to our assistance plan. The rural school has 27 students. Also, Dr. Sonia Sartor is now working at HOSPITAL ZONAL DE CONCARAN as a general doctor in San Luis and we will be supporting her there as well and wishing her the best! 

Actually we are supporting more than 7000 children throughout more than 70 schools, feeding centers and foster homes in 14 provinces in Argentina.

Please remember that on June 12th, donations received through GlobalGiving will be receivng a 50% matching for our projects.

Thanks everyone  for trusting in our foundation to be the liaison  between the children who  need our help and yourselves.

Sumando Manos Foundation

** Spanish version attached.

Ontological Services
Ontological Services
Nutrition program in Chaco / Pampa del Indio
Nutrition program in Chaco / Pampa del Indio
Pediatric Services
Pediatric Services

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Apr 29, 2013

Colonia Pepiri, School # 618. More than just a repair project.

Children
Children

Dear Friends, 

The project at the School 618 in Pepiri (Misiones) was successfully performed and completed. The entire roof was replaced and covered with zinc. Windows were repaired as well.

In this way, children will have their daily classes and they will not be exposed to weather conditions nor to high and low temperatures. In the last two storms the roof had been severely damaged, and the water fell directly in the classroom. Also, during summer, temperatures were up 104 F and during winter below  -10 F.

This is more than a repair project. It is a quality live project. 

Schools located in remote areas serves as a great contention for children, especially because the attendance to class ensure them to receive their daily meal. As the children walk miles to attend, even several times they sleep in the classroom.

In addition the school servers a nursing room during the pediatric services provided as part of our support plan for remote zones in Argentina.

As you can see, the repair of the roof has an exponential impact on the lives of the children in the community. For instance once of the main activities in repair projects in school located in remote zones is to remove poisonous insect and snake nests threaten the children's lives.

Thank you so much on behalf of the whole Pepiri (Misiones) community and Norma Holoveski (teacher) to everyone adding hands and helping with donations and work to make them feel  that they are important and have an opportunity, and for trusting in our foundation to be the liaison  between the children who  need our help and yourselves.

Sumando Manos Foundation

Original roof
Original roof
Original roof picture 2
Original roof picture 2
Window
Window
School picture 2
School picture 2
School picture 3
School picture 3
new roof
new roof
School with new roof
School with new roof

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Dec 27, 2012

Sumando Manos Foundation: 4 Qtr. 2012 Newsletter

Children: School in Pampa del Indio (Chaco)
Children: School in Pampa del Indio (Chaco)

Dear Friends,

The year is almost over and it has been very intense, full of challenges and hard work. Throughout the year we have not only worked on existing projects but we have also set new goals, which we were able to achieve thanks to your support. This is the time to reflect on our actions and give thanks and share accomplishments with those who help and trust us. Please see a summary of the main accomplishments and the activities done during the last quarter of 2012 below. (attached you will find the report Spanish version)

 Projects and accomplishments

  • During this trimester monthly pediatric visits were completed in Merendero Belen - Salta, Los Oleros -Misiones, Las Talitas-Tucuman, Gonzalez Catan -Buenos Aires where health services have been intensified due to the recent flooding,  Noccan Kani -Santa Fe and ophthalmologic services were provided in Florencio Varela -Buenos Aires. The main health problems encountered and treated are related to respiratory illnesses, skin disease and parasites. Powdered milk was provided for Noccan Kani -Santa Fe, Posadas-Misiones, Las Talitas –Tucuman and besides powdered milk also sugar and flour for the Toba community in Derqui -Buenos Aires.
  • A donation was sent for the purchase of a dental chair for La Casita Sai in Florencio Varela which will benefit approximately 60 children and their families.
  • Santa Clara Civil Association travelled to Catamarca in October and to Misiones in November. They delivered food, powdered milk, clothes, school supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes and medicines. They provided preventive medical services and attention to children and adults in these communities. As per dental health, the members of the community received training related to basic dental care and a large percentage of the children showed no sign of cavities, as a result of the periodic visits and attention received so far. Some children still have cavities due to the low quality of the water in Catamarca. In addition, the group also performed some recreational activities such as games and birthday celebrations. During the trip to Catamarca they visited two schools reachable through precarious mountain roads of gravel were the path seemed to disappear at times at 2000 meters above sea level.
  •  During the trip to Misiones the roof of Rural School 618, in Colonia Pepiri, El Soberbio was completely replaced. Cardboard sheets on the roof were replaced with zinc sheets with thermal insulation. This project was successfully completed and from now on exposure to climate conditions will stop (during the last two hail storms the roof had been severely damaged and rain water fell right inside the classroom). This type of construction work also helps eliminate insect nests which will pose a risk to children’s lives. The schools in these remote locations provide a safe place for the children. School attendance is driven by the daily meal offered. Students walk several miles to attend, and they sometimes even sleep there. It’s also the place where dental and pediatric visits are performed.  Completion of this type of construction work is critical because of the exponential impact on the lives of the children in these communities. Our thanks to people who made this possible through work and donations: Roberto y Ricardo Asman, Daniel and Samuel Ratzinger, Valdir and Marciano Mayer, Jorge Shulz, Judith Olivera, Fernanda Valle and Andy Schapira.  
  • Other schools and villages were visited as well and between adults and children approximately 400 people received medical attention. Despite the extremely hot weather conditions - about 104°F- the volunteers were able to provide care to every member of these communities. We would like to thank every member of Santa Clara Civil Association and all the volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and the students of the José León Larre School from González Catan for the outstanding work they have been performing for the last 10 years, which is making a significant difference in these communities.
  •  The “Joggings and Alpagatas” workshop set up in School Nº 373 in El Soberbio, Misiones is still up and running and it is now the source of employment for the students who graduate from the school, who are also in charge of the administration and of teaching younger kids. They have been recognized by the government as employees and have been insured. Since the workshop was started in 2009, besides providing shoes for the children to avoid parasite disease through their feet, it was our desire to find a way to provide a different kind of work for the children, other than working at tobacco farms and it’s been accomplished! 
  • The afternoon kindergarten class “Jardin Nº 8 I. Bufano” in Pampa del Indio, Chaco, was incorporated to our program “For a Child’s Breakfast”. There are 80 children in this class and the food they receive is served to the children as an afternoon meal. We would like to highlight the assistance we receive from La Juana Supermarket, all year long in helping prepare and distribute the food to the schools in this community, besides the generous monthly donations.
  • Coordinated by our partner in Argentina, Teresa Donaire, numerous donations of many different items were received and distributed to several schools and institutions located in Buenos Aires, Tucuman, Chaco, Corrientes, Santa Fe, Salta, Misiones, Entre Ríos and Neuquén. Thanks to all of those who collaborate with these donations and the packing materials necessary to ship them. 
  • We would like to thank the transportation companies that have provided their services and helped us reach these communities at no cost:

·Transportes Don Max y Expreso Jovan (Chaco)

· Transporte Vesprini (Neuquén)

· Transportes San Juan Mar del Plata (Salta)

· Expreso Petrovalle (Misiones)

· Transporte Almafuerte (Entre Rios, Santa Fe y Corrientes)

Congratulations to all the teachers, directors and children who have completed the 2012 school year overcoming obstacles such as extremely bad weather or walking long distances to get to school. It is for them that we work hard, so they can live a better life now and in the future. 

News and Events:

  • Once again we were part of the Argentinean Night at the Miami Heat game on 11/29 where 250 people enjoyed the game with us.
  • On 12/11 the last Truco tournament of the year was held. Congratulations to the winners of two airline tickets to Argentina, Andres Labaca and Diego Ponce. We’d like to thank all the participants and Manolo Restaurant for opening their doors to us every month so we can host these events.
  • We were part of a voting contest organized by Staples among 5 Argentinean foundations. The organization with the most votes will receive a prize of $7,500.00. The results have not been announced yet, but the fact that we were one of the selected foundations is already a prize to us.
  • We continue providing pediatric care to children in remote and deprived areas of Argentina with the donations received through GlogalGiving. You can access all the details of our projects, pictures and stories about these communities by clicking on the link below:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pediatric-services-in-remote-areas-of-argentina/

Thanks to all the people who contribute this way and for your support during the Bonus Day event on October 17, which generated an additional 30% in donations. Next year, the dates of these special events will be posted on our calendar. They will be held in March, June and October.

  • Sandro Dal Bosco will run his first marathon and he’ll do it to raise funds for Sumando Manos. We would like to congratulate and thank him for his support. Let’s go Sandro! Please click on the link below if you’d like to donate.

http://www.crowdrise.com/sandrodalbosco1

If you are planning to participate in a marathon or any other sporting event, please contact us to benefit Sumando Manos Foundation. 

  • We would like to thank Boca Juniors Club for the donations of different items made through its department, Boca Interior y Exterior.  The proceeds from the auctions were destined to buy food for one of the rural schools located in Misiones.
  • We continued our program “Dine at the Best Argentinean Restaurants in Miami and Help a Child” where the first Tuesday of the month our partner restaurants donate a percentage of their revenues. Thanks to all the businesses that participate and give us their support: The Knife Steak House, Novecento Brickell, Bertoni, Dolce Vita Gelato, Panizza, La Parrilla Liberty, La Patagonia Steak House and Maya Tapas & Grill.
  • Johnson & Johnson continues to support us through their Gift Matching program in USA by matching the donations their employees make. We would like to thank Johnson & Johnson and its employees who, since the beginning, have shown their support through their donations and participation in events.
  • October is charity month. The Microsoft offices located in Broward County organized an indoor soccer tournament to benefit two of the organizations they support. Thanks to the unconditional collaboration from Andrea Comolli de Pillado we were one of the organizations selected. Andrea is the link between our foundation and Microsoft and she made it possible for us to participate in this event. The tournament was a success and we would like to thank all Microsoft employees who attended the event and displayed their solidarity through their donations and participation.
  • Our thanks Maria Eugenia Quintero and her family for their constant and unconditional support. During 2012 she organized 4 breakfast events and cooking classes for residents of Dallas, Texas, USA. Thanks to all those who participated in these events organized by Maria Eugenia. The proceeds are used to fund our nutrition and health programs provided in the schools located in remote areas.

Happy Holidays to everyone! It's our wish that for 2013 all of us have the conviction, enthusiasm, understanding, commitment, patience and above all the love to do everything possible to make a better world.

Pediatric Services in La Quiaca (Jujuy)
Pediatric Services in La Quiaca (Jujuy)

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