Pediatric Services in Remote Areas of Argentina

by Sumando Manos Foundation
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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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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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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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Pediatric visit to rural school in Misiones
Pediatric visit to rural school in Misiones

Dear friends,

With your continued support we can consitently provide help for underprivileged children and their communities in rural areas in Argentina throughtout  projects in health, nutrition and education 

In order to optimize resources, we continue to integrate other groups and organizations that support the same communities and thus provide a long term solution to gradually improve the quality of life of children.

 The director of one of the schools had written us concerning the donation of blankets that were needed urgently

"................. perhaps in the photos you cannot see their eyes, you’ve got no idea what I was watching those faces, those eyes, I wish I could translate it into words. A mom approached me and literally told me: I don't know how to thank for the warm night my children and I had. We went to bed and slept warm after so long that we did not wanted to get up. It’s been a long time since we slept throughout the night because of the cold. Thanks for all the warm nights that Sumando Manos has given to our people"

This message is for each of you. We are only the liaison between your generosity and children in need.

 We continue to accompany the schools that are part of our program "Breakfast for a Child" in Chaco and Misiones with nonperishable breakfast and lunch food. For most children, this is the only meal they have during the day. There are more than 600 children on this program that could not be possible without your help.

We want to emphasize the heroic work of rural teachers, who travel great distances to schools that usually don't have drinking water, electricity, medical assistance, reliable transport, or even decent housing. In some areas, they face vinchucas infestation and other insect, vectors of dangerous diseases. The enthusiasm and dedication of these teachers are admirable and, an example to follow. The future of our children in rural communities depends on them.

 Through our joint project with the foundation Sumando Solidaridad, we have sent shoes for 96 children from the School 909 in Colonia Invernada, San Ignacio, Misiones province.

 During the first part of 2016, Santa Clara Civil Association traveled to Salta, Jujuy, Misiones and Santiago del Estero to provide pediatric and dental care in rural schools. A group of volunteer professionals traveled from Buenos Aires to El Soberbio (Misiones) to deliver food, clothing , school supplies and provide medical

and dental care to children in several schools and villages in the area. In each school dental records for each person were completed.

The first school visited was El Boton. Dentists provided care for about 70 people, including children, adolescents and adults. Volunteers shared lunch with the children at school, and locals and then continued with the primary care of the nurse . Here they left fuel for school stove.

They also visited the School in Colonia Pepiri. Dental care and primary health care were given to the students of this community. The next day they visited the School of Paraje Lapacho where they treated about 90 people , including children, adolescents and adults.

Then, accompanied by the school teacher in Aldea Jejy, dental care , primary care and first aid were offered to 60 people from the Aboriginal community. Later, they visited the village of Pindo Poty; where they were carried out the same activities with about 70 people.

Professionals and volunteers are facing the challenges of long trips on lonely roads and inclement weather with absolute dedication and commitment to this cause .

The journey from Bs. As. to the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, began with a visit to the Boarding School No. 4130 "Batalla de Salta" in Paraje Santa Ana, municipality of El Potrero, Department of Rosario de la Frontera,

Salta. For two days, dentists and pediatricians saw about 50 people, including children, adolescents and adults with the participation of pediatricians from the city and the nurse who accompanied them on the trip.

Volunteers spent the night at school with the children and teachers who live there on weekdays.

Then they continued their journey to La Quiaca, in Jujuy and traveled all day to arrive at night. Early in the morning they went to School No. 42 "Fray Mamerto Esquiú" in Sansana. In addition to medical and dental care, they left clothing, food and other critical supplies for school. There they saw 20 children and some adults in the area. The dentist gave a talk to teach about the care and cleaning of the teeth.

The next day they traveled to the School No. 416 “Soberania Nacional" in Cerro Colorado; 25 children and 6 adults were treated and food and clothing were also delivered.

Then to complete the journey, School No. 364 "Jorge Uro" was visited in Tafna, where they were received by the teacher. The group delivered food, clothing and other donations and cared for 20 children. Immediately

after they went to School No. 271 in "La Cienaga", where the teacher was waiting for them and gave food, clothing and 12 children received medical care.

The trip to the province of Santiago del Estero, included visits to schools No. 845 “Juan D. Roldan” in PARAJE TACO ATUN and School No. 297 José Zapiola in PARAJE TALA ATUN, where about 170 children received medical and dental care , and they also received donations of clothes, shoes, toys and nonperishable food to schools.

 

We continue our joint efforts with the Asociacion Civil Pequeños Pasos y Centro Conin from Loma Hermosa (Gral. San Martin, province of Buenos Aires). This association provides support and health services. It is a space where mothers, children, and adolescents can develop social skills. Those skills allow them to grow and also

helps prevent adverse situations and promote a healthy attitude. The beneficiaries are children from birth to preschool age, pregnant women and children 6-15 years old amidst social risk. The Conin Center for the prevention of child malnutrition offers permanent assistance of pediatricians, nutritionists, care and early stimulation, social workers and psychologists, among others. Each of the 112 children participating in the

program receives a weekly food basket. The center also offers workshops and training workshops for mothers.

 Our commitment towards the activities of the Organization SAI continues steadily. In LOS OLEROS, Posadas, Province of Misiones, we continue with the bi-monthly medical service. It involves about 30 children per visit.

The community turnout was extensive, and everybody presented typical seasonal problems. As always, attention has been meticulous and in each case teh doctors took the opportunity to teach prophylaxis, prevention, etc.

Moms felt very contained and grateful for the service received. This is very poor workers’ community that struggles every day to alleviate its deficiencies.

Despite having a very good medical facility in the neighborhood's center(C.A.P.S.), the shortages of medicines and necessary medical care for residents is constant. Adults in the population also attend the Health center in search of solutions to their problems since they don't have another medical institution nearby.

In VARELA FLORENCIO we continued with the pediatric and dermatology's services, the doctors saw an average of 15 children per visit. The most common conditions are parasites, respiratory infections, eczema, scabies, and boils. Each patient is treated and given the necessary medicines. The Odont-pediatric visit attended 8 children with a high rate of caries. In dermatology 7 children and 16 adults were treated for skin conditions and warts.

In Gonzalez Catan, Buenos Aires' Province, the pediatric visits were conducted as usual. The doctors attended around 40 children per week and several mothers. The most common problems were respiratory and skin diseases. During the day the kids were offered breakfast, lunch and recreational activities.

In the center “Morada de Paz” in Grand Bourg, province of Buenos Aires the volunteers held a medical visit with specialization in Optometry and Educational Psychology focusing mainly in visual impairments and visual disability, health problems and academics. About 20 kids were seen in this occasion.

In Noccan Kani , Recreo, Province of Santa Fe, volunteers hold activities for the children 3 times a week; about 115 people attend in total, 70 of which are children. As always the activities include sewing, used clothing donation and community activities snack. On Sundays the activities include human values education, games and snack is served. Once a month a bag with food items for each family is given. Approximately 15 children receive academic tutoring and support.

The bi-monthly visits to the Community Home "Mamitas" in Posadas, Misiones where young mothers or pregnant girls from slums live; these girls have been rejected by their families and they have no place to live.

There are approximately 15 girls living there some with their children. At every visit they have given donations of various foods, clothing and footwear for children and adults, toys, diapers, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene, etc. This home does not receive help from any civil institution or government. Girls receive containment, love, medical care and good nutrition. They also learn crafts, cooking, they can continue their studies, etc. They are able to gather some funds for their own needs by selling their crafts, working in the garden, selling empanadas, etc. Despite their own needs they perform the service attending a neighborhood diner for poorer neighbors.

Volunteers also visited the Guarani communities of "Tava Mirí" and "Pindoty-I" in San Ignacio, province of Misiones. Between 70 and 80 children took part and received nonperishable food for their families. Each community consists of 10 to 12 families each however the amount varies. In each community there is a satellite classroom where indigenous children attend and share with children non-indigenous children. The teachers show great responsibility, interest and special importance to feeding children, both those who attend school as well as their siblings.

Apart from the curricular education, special attention to hygiene and health of both children as well as mothers is provided. The basic provision of food, by the government, has been hampered by the interruption of the delivery of the corresponding items. We collaborate by donating: food, school supplies, clothes, shoes, cleaning supplies, etc. Thanks to the donations received they have been able to perform reforms and necessary repairs to keep the space of children in the best way possible. When visits are given in time school break where the classroom does not work, each family is given a bag containing food. On the last visit we could see a very special construction made by the youth of the community, it was a shower built with tacuaras (reeds) having

an inclined part of the roof where there is a spiral made with pipes in plastic bottles . When the sun is reflected in the bottles, heats the water passing through the pipes and thus get hot water for bathing.

The service at the School Sai in Talitas, province of Tucuman, where every Saturday around 40 children come to participate in human values workshops, recreational activities, and a meal. Families receive food donations and footwear according to the needs that arise.

 We continue to work with FANDA in the Campaign “Ponete las Pilas” - in so far as the year we donated 1320 hearing aid batteries that meet the needs of 17 kids for the whole year  and  we remain committed so that more children can use their hearing aids.

We are happy to continue working with Camino a la Casita, an organization that began 15 years ago with volunteer activities for children, adolescents and their mothers. Our collaboration has been essential for the completion and equipping of the pediatric office.

Thanks to the relentless and tireless work done by Teresa in Buenos Aires, we were able to reach many children. Teresa with her aides and donors, absolutely committed to our organization, carry out a valuable task. In her hands are the organization, review, assign, storage, and shipment of the donations to various schools throughtout the country and organizations in our network of support. During the last 5 months more than 400 boxes were sent, containing clothes, shoes, toys, sport articles, school supplies, first aids supplies, kitchen and bath supplies and utensils, as well as appliances, furniture, and other articles to cover basic needs.

Given the precariousness of the health system to which children have access, we would like to thanks to the work of volunteer doctors, it becomes a key tool for the prevention and care which directly impacts the quality of life of children and their families.

Thanks to the Santa Clara Civil Association, Sai Foundation Sumando Solidaridad, El Camino de la Casita, Fanda Association and Association Pequenos Pasos for their commitment, dedication and love for children. In this way, we continue to grow, but even more, that we continue our commitment to provide our unwavering support for children in need.

 Thank you all for giving us the tools to make this a reality throughout  your constant support and trust.

Pediatric Service in Santiago del Estero
Pediatric Service in Santiago del Estero
Dentist services in Jujuy
Dentist services in Jujuy
School receiving donations in Jujuy
School receiving donations in Jujuy
Campaign "Breakfast for a Child"
Campaign "Breakfast for a Child"
School in Chaco
School in Chaco

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Sumando Manos
Sumando Manos

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support we are able to continue with the pediatric visits to remote zones in Argentina, helping underprivileged children Health, Nutrition and Education's programs.

In order to optimize the resources, we are leveraging and integrating other groups and organizations supporting the same communities and providing a better long term solution to gradually improve children’s quality of lives. Thanks to Asociación Civil Santa Clara, Fundacion Sai, Sumando Solidaridad, Camino a la Casita, Asociación Fanda y Asociación Pequeños Pasos for their partnership.

In that way, we continue growing, but even more so, we continue to keep our word in our commitment to provide constant aid to our children in need.

Thanks everyone for giving us the tools to make this a reality.

Our program “Breakfast for the Children” continues in Chaco and Misiones. Approximately 600 children benefit from it and receive breakfast and/or lunch. This is a key campaign at many of these schools since this is the only meal the kids receive during the day. Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. With 10 dollars we can provide breakfast to a child for an entire month.Children living with food insecurity, lack a stable and reliable means of getting the meals they need.

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.

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.

Pediatric, Ophthalmologic, and Odonatologist Services, as well as complementary meal program is provided to rural schools and feeding centers located in Tucuman, Santa Fe, Misiones, Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, Salta, Jujuy, Entre Rios, Corrientes, San Luis and Buenos Aires reaching out around 7000 children.

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We continue working to implement   the equipment needed for the extraction and distribution of safe drinking water in rural school, also a revision for previous implementations to ensure they are working accordingly. 

Contaminated water is a severe problem in rural schools because it hinders unhealthy childhood development and it produces extreme malnutrition in children. 

The completions of these projects complement the key role of the teachers and principals in rural schools who take care of the academic aspects as well as a proper nutrition. 

Thanks everyone for your donation through GlobalGiving, and to all the people supporting us with a variety of donations in Argentina throughout the year: hygiene supplies, clothes, shoes, school supplies, toys, sport supplies, kitchen supplies, etc.

For more details about our projects and activities please visit our official website. www.sumandomanos.org

 

We are grateful for being the liaison between your generosity and the children in need.

Hygiene Class
Hygiene Class
Donation 3
Donation 3
breakfast for a child
breakfast for a child
dentist
dentist
Donation 4
Donation 4

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Sumando Manos Foundation

Location: Miami Beach, Florida - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.sumandomanos.org
Project Leader:
Guillermo Donaire
President
Miami Beach, FL United States

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