Pediatric Services in Remote Areas of Argentina

by Sumando Manos Foundation Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified
Teaching students how new system works
Teaching students how new system works

Dear friends,

A small improvement In peoples lives sometimes seems to be uneventful. For our children in rural schools of Argentina even one small change, one small improvement, has a tremendous effect on their lives. We are thrilled to share these news with you because you are part of every achievement.

 In School 916  "Tomas de Acevedo" located in Paraje El Gramillar, Pampa del Indio, Province of Chaco, 3 water filters for arsenic fluoride were installed in the main water tank that supplies water to the entire facility. The procedure was checked, and school authorities were trained in the use and maintenance of the new system. Water samples were then taken and analyzed. Formal Lab studies came back with the amazing result that water is now 4 times below the arsenic limits permissible for human consumption according to the World Health Organization requirements.

 Moreover, in School 395 Paraje Pampa Ombu, Pampa del Indio, Province of Chaco, the procedure was the same but at this location the water filters were installed in kitchen faucets which are usually used by the children. According to the teacher in charge, a change of place for the filters was required as the kitchen was relocated. In the same manner school authorities were instructed on the use and maintenance of such filters. The water was Lab tested and results came back with the astonishing results that this procedure lowered the permissible arsenic limits for drinking 10 times, according to World Health Organization requirements.

In School 4650 "Santa Teresa de Jesus", El Pucara Region, Department of San Carlos Province of Salta the procedure was different. In this case a device was manufactured by means of an 8-blade wheel and an axis connecting two diaphragm pumps. The device is pulled by the force of the water that circulates through a ditch in the surrounding area (due to the lack of electric power).

This way and without consumption of energy, we transported the water to the school that had been supplied before by being carried on buckets by teachers every Monday. Lab tests were carried out with and now water supply levels do not show any metalloid in existence. Other analysis were previously made and all indications show that the water is now clean and safe for drinking.

 We shared this news with you with great joy because you make this possible with your generous and constant contributions by allowing us to be the link between your generosity and the needs of so many children in our country.

Thanks to all our donors who joined hands in helping us improve the lives of so many children. Thanks to Santiago Del Hoyo the engineer in charge of these projects.

New filters installed
New filters installed
Filters and new plant installed
Filters and new plant installed

First of all, we'd like to thank you for your continued support of Sumando Manos Foundation and the work we do in rural areas of Argentina.

As of a few months ago, we are working with a full time pediatrician who visits the children of the schools we help in the area of Pampa del Indio, Chaco. He's a former director of the Public Hospital of Pampa del Indio and has decided to dedicate part of his time to join hands with us; together with a dentist they will visit, check and treat more than 1000 children spread out over 12 different schools of Chaco during 2018.

Dr. Marcelo Wirth dedicates his time and resources to visit our schools on a monthly basis, providing primary and urgent care to the children in need, but most importantly, providing preventative care and education so that children can learn to take better care of their health.

We are very proud of the work Dr. Wirth is doing and will continue to do for our children. It's very important that you, as a donor, continue to support Sumando Manos Foundation so that we can provide good health care for the children in need.


Sumando Manos Foundation 


We’d like to share great news! As part of our Health program, we started working with Dr. Marcelo Wirth, a local medical doctor in Pampa del Indio, Province of Chaco to provide pediatric services to the schools in the area. Dr. Wirth visited several schools which are also part of our nutrition program. The visit was conducted alongside with a Pediatric Dentist who examined and treated the children, as well as educated them and families on proper dental care. During the visits, the doctors checked all the children who were present and some younger siblings who also went very excited upon hearing the news of the doctors coming to their schools. The children were examined,  diagnosed and treated in the cases that were necessary. Those children who needed medicine received at he time of the visit and the ones who needed a follow-up or a new consultation were scheduled for a visit to the local hospital promptly after the initial check up. In particular, 2 children needed a consultation with a Cardiologist and it was done shortly after with very positive results. Dr. Wirth has personally devoted his efforts to enquire and follow up with each child under his care. We are blessed to have him as part of our Sumando Manos Team. Thank you for all your efforts. 


For the families in these remote areas, a simple visit to the local hospital poses a tremendous challenge. First, there is a limited number of spots to be seen on a daily basis at the hospital; so for families to get an appointment it means having to walk before dawn with their little kids something between 10 to 30 kilometers on deserted countryside paths and get to the hospital by 6 a.m. or sometimes earlier than that.  Most of the time when they get to the hospital, the available appointments are already taken since the hospital operates on a first come, first served basis. This means that they have to walk back home without being seen and try again the next day. There is never assurance that they will be seen if they can’t get one of those appointments. This is a feeling of deep frustration and disappointment and this often puts the lives of the children at risk - a condition that can be diagnosed with a simple medical check-up is often overlooked because of the lack of medical services in the area. 

We share photos of the schools visited: 

  • Kindergarten class at School E.E.P. 734 in Lot 3, Pampa Chica.
  • School E.E.P. 395 in Paraje Pampa Ombu, Pampa del Indio.
  • School E.E.P. N° 616 “Capitán Facundo Solari”, Ubicada en Paraje El Salvaje, Pampa del Indio. 
  • Anex to School E.E.P. Nº 916 "Juan Jose Castelli”, Paraje El Gramillar, Pampa del Indio.


Thanks to Dr. Wirth, Dr. Daniela and to all the wonderful and dedicated teachers and directors of these schools for coordinating efforts for the wellbeing of the children. 


We couldn’t give these children the medical attention and nutrition they receive without your contributions. Thank you for supporting Sumando Manos Foundation. 


Our children in a school in Misiones
Our children in a school in Misiones

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.


Lapacho School, El Soberbio, Misiones, Argentina
Lapacho School, El Soberbio, Misiones, Argentina

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. 

First aid kit donated to Fortin Brown, Chaco.
First aid kit donated to Fortin Brown, Chaco.
Breakfast at one of the 90 schools we support
Breakfast at one of the 90 schools we support

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Alejandro Itkin
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