Pediatric Services in Remote Areas of Argentina

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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
Clean Water - Huancar Jujuy 1
Clean Water - Huancar Jujuy 1

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.

With Gratitude,

Escuela Barranca Molle - Catamarca
Escuela Barranca Molle - Catamarca
Care - Child with a boil water burn
Care - Child with a boil water burn
Care - Hot Coat Burn
Care - Hot Coat Burn

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Location: Miami Beach, Florida - USA
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Alejandro Itkin
Miami Beach, FL United States

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