Pediatric Services in Remote Areas of Argentina

by Sumando Manos Foundation
Salta School Children
Salta School Children

Dear friends, happy holidays season to you and your families! Our wish for the next year is to have the conviction, enthusiasm, understanding, commitment, patience, and above all love, to make every effort for a better world; and as we start a new year, we’d like to share our latest activities. 

"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live."( Dalai Lama).

Activities and Projects

The Santa Clara Civil Association made its first trip during 2015 to the province of Misiones in April. A group of volunteer professionals traveled from Buenos Aires to El Soberbio 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 of each person seen were completed.

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

They also visited the Colonia Pepiri School that needed some repair work and painting due to a recent storm. Dental care and primary medical care was provided to the students of this community. The following day they visited the School of Paraje Lapacho where they treated about 90 people, including children, adolescents and adults.

On May 1, 2015, accompanied by the teacher of the school in Aldea Jejy, dental care, primary care and first aid were given to 60 people of this  Aboriginal community. Later, they visited the village of Pindo Poty; where the same activities took place serving nearly 60. After that, they visited the school in Colonia Pepirí, and assisted 10 children and 15 adults.

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

In June the group of volunteers travelled to the provinces of Salta and Jujuy. Early in the morning they arrived at 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 assisted about 40 people, including children, adolescents and adults with the participation of pediatricians of the town 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.

After two days left for La Quiaca, in Jujuy and traveled all day arriving at night. Early in the morning they went to School No. 42 "Fray Mamerto Esquiu" in Sansana. While the dentist and the nurse provided medical care to the kids at school, locals and other volunteers made food purchases for the schools, which were delivered along with clothing and other supplies. 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 early to School No. 416 “Soberania Nacional" in Cerro Colorado. 25 boys and 6 adults were cared for and were given food and clothing.

On June 3, 2015 they traveled early to School No. 364 "Jorge Uro" 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 expecting them and they delivered food, clothing and 12 children were given medical care.

In the month of August the volunteers traveled to the province of Santiago del Estero, where all children received medical and dental care and were also given donations of clothes, shoes, toys and non-perishable food items.

 Since 2015 we've been working in conjunction with Civil Association Pequeños Pasos and Conin Center of Loma Hermosa, Gral. San Martin, province of Buenos Aires.

 This association provides support and health services; it is a space in which mothers, children, and adolescents can develop social skills enabling them to grow as well as helping them to avoid unfavorable situations and promote a healthy attitude. 

 The beneficiaries are children from birth to preschool age, expectant mothers, and children from 6-15 years of age with unfavorable social situations. Center Conin for the prevention of infantile malnutrition provides permanent assistance from nutritionists, early care and stimulation, social workers, and psychologists among others.  Each of the 95 children participating in this program receives a weekly food basket. The center also offers different workshops and skilled labor training for the mothers.  partnership provides a space where containment and health children, mothers and adolescents to develop social skills and healthy growth, helping to prevent risk and promote healthy life attitudes. They serve children from birth to preschool age, pregnant women and children 6 to 15 years with high social risk. The Conin Center for the Prevention of Child Malnutrition provides permanent assistance of nutritionists, early stimulation, social workers and psychologists among others. You pocket a food is delivered to each of the 95 children participating in the program.

 Our nutrition program "Breakfast for a Child" continues covering several schools in the provinces of Chaco and Misiones. We have added a new school to this plan: School 1015 located in Campo Nuevo, Pampa del Indio with a total of 87 students. This rural Elementary School has 72 students at the primary level and 15 students in kindergarten who receive in addition material donations, which include clothing, shoes, school supplies, books, toys, computers, medicines, nonperishable food and other items according to the needs of the children.

The total number of children who benefit from this program is more than 400; they receive food to supplement breakfast and lunch. This program is key because for many children this is the only meal they receive in the day. We continue to need your help - with only US$ 10 a month we can cover a child’s breakfast for an entire month.

 The following institutions have also been added to our aid plan:

School 1015 located in Campo Nuevo, Pampa del Indio, Chaco with 15 boys in kindergarten and 72 primary all belonging to the Qom ethnicity. The school is in need of building repairs, the installation and connection of electricity, a surrounding fence, and the repair of the installed toilets which are in very poor condition. Additionally, children need food, clothing, toys and footwear. They have already begun to receive part of the help they need via donations.

High School 76 'Gustavo Riemann” is a secondary level technical school with 450 students located in Villa Rumipal province of Cordoba is now receiving donations for the students.

Higher Education Institute No 25 with 1,200 students has a foundation that coordinates the activities of the "Alberto Belloni" Library located in Puerto Gral. San Martin province of Santa Fe. The library functions as a centre for learning, socialization and community services. Children, teens and adults can learn different skills such as computer literacy and other types of skilled labor. Our foundation supports them by sending donations of clothing, toys and educational materials for the children and teens who participate in the activities. There are almost 400 children from preschool to high school benefiting from this library who are now receiving donations. 

The communities that receive help from our work alongside Organization SAI continued to receive support:

Visit to School No. 166 in Cerro Santa Ana, Misiones was carried out successfully. Approximately 70 and 80 children from 1 to 18 years old were provided medical attention. In addition to medical services, they received several items as donations such as powdered milk for breakfast and snacks, clothes, shoes, school supplies, balls, cookies and candy for the children. They visited the Home "Mamitas" for pregnant girls. This home accommodates 15 pregnant girls from slums and 10 boys aged between 5 and 10 years who were rejected by their families. This home does not receive help from any civil institution or government. Girls receive support, love, care, good nutrition. They learn crafts, cooking and they can continue their studies, etc. Some make a living by selling their crafts, working in the garden, selling pies or other baked items, etc. Mostly come seeking refuge and bringing their kids with them. They have received as donations: milk, sweets, various foods, clothes and shoes for children and adults, toys, diapers, cleaning supplies and hygiene items.

During the visit to the Guarani Communities of San Ignacio in Misiones between 70 and 80 children participated. The Communities of  "Mirí Tava" and "Pindoty-I" are composed of 10 families each. In each community there is a satellite school classroom where indigenous children attend and share with non-aborigen children. Donations included powdered milk, sweets, various foods, school supplies, clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies, etc. These resources were delivered at the right time. The communities were left without the ability to provide children of any food since the government had suspended the delivery of the food supply. We have seen progress in improvements in facilities thanks to private donations received through the Sai Foundation.

In Los Oleros, Posadas, Province of Misiones also, there is a bimonthly medical visit  in which approximately  25 adults and about 17 children received medical care.  Neighbors are very poor, hardworking and with many needs. A neighbor commented that his wife suffered a high blood pressure stroke, but his old car would not start, so they took the bus to a hospital but that took too long and she died.

It is noted that the neighborhood is increasingly being populated but services are never enough, especially drinking water. The neighbors are deeply grateful for the service that is performed as the weekly doctor's visit does not meet the needs of the community. At the time of the visit the school received 887 boxes of clothing and footwear. Moms showed appreciation for the help received.

In Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires pediatric dentistry and dental services were conducted serving about 50 children per visit. Cases of breathing problems, infections of the upper respiratory tract, skin problems, parasites and dental problems were addressed.

In Gonzalez Catan, in "Casa Feliz Sai" medical, pediatric, dental and veterinary care in addition to educational and recreational activities were conducted weekly. They assist 60 people average per visit of which 50 are children and adolescents. Every Saturday after their breakfast, recreational activities with children are carried out: they read stories, draw, paint, etc. Then they collaborate in the preparation of lunch. The number of children seen by pediatricians and dentists varies every week but it is between 20 and 30 per week. Additionally a weaving workshop was introduced for children and adults. As of June 3 families are receiving food donation due to the detection of malnourishment in children.

Also, a medical care camp where ophthalmologic care was provided to 35 children took place in the School of La Boca where human values classes are being taught.

The same ophthalmologic care camp took place in Grand Bourg where 45 patients were treated and eyeglasses were given to those who needed them. It was fun and emotional especially for a man of about 70 years old who received his glasses and  said goodbye to all expressing these words: "Now I'm going to buy a newspaper and I'll read because I haven't been able to do this for years." It was striking to see the amount of children and adolescents who attended. The main pathology was myopia and astigmatism. We set up a waiting room where patients received presents and school supplies donated by an volunteer.

 The service in Noccan Kani, Santa Fe was performed weekly as usual. About 60 adults and 100 children attend. Ususally, food, a community sewing class, Education in Human Values and snacks are offered. Mothers and their children received clothing and food. Both mothers and children collaborate with the setting up and cleanling of the place. On Sundays children attend, they teach them values education.

 At the “Escuelita Sai” in Las Talitas, Tucuman there was workshop to teach about Prevention of Oral Health in September where toothbrushes and toothpaste were distributed. It was conducted by a professional dentist who explained the importance of brushing and demonstrated how to do it correctly. It is expected to carry out similar conferences on a regular basis to track the evolution of oral health. Also, the monthly medical services that serve approximately 25 children were carried out; medicine were given  to treat common ailments such as respiratory diseases, skin infections and parasites.

Thank you all for your trust in our organization to be the liaison between the generosity of all who collaborate in different ways and children who need it.

Dentist Services in Salta
Dentist Services in Salta
Nutrition in Salta School
Nutrition in Salta School
Pediatric Services in Las Talitas Tucuman
Pediatric Services in Las Talitas Tucuman
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Pediatric Services in Las Talitas Tucuman 2
Campaign Breakfast for child Pampa del Indio Chaco
Campaign Breakfast for child Pampa del Indio Chaco
Chaco Nutrition
Chaco Nutrition
Pediatric Services in Tafna Jujuy
Pediatric Services in Tafna Jujuy

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Impact. Children in Misiones
Impact. Children in Misiones' School

Ten years ago, with a group of friends we founded a nonprofit organization called Sumando Manos Foundation, because we believed that together we could make a change in our lives and the lives of other people.

10 years ago our organization was born, and everything happened very fast, from our first meeting where we discussed what to do and how, and more important, why we are doing it.

Today, looking in perspective and distance these 10 years, it's amazing that our idea, our dream became a reality and that we can help so many children in our country.

We are involved in various projects that help underprivileged children in remote zones of Argentina. The children we work walk bare foot between 5 and 8 km to go to school and consider themselves lucky if they get one meal a day. They live in villages were resources are limited and access to basic human needs such as drinkable water, electricity and medical care are not guaranteed.

Our organization works by leveraging and complementing each other’s talents. We seek to optimize what we have, those intangible assets that we have acquired through our personal and professional lives, and what we enjoy doing to give children a better quality of life.

But that experience also was built with what we learned from our failures.

The need and gaps we saw made us react urgently, and that was a mistake.

Children were dying due to malnutrition. We provided food for them, but they could not eat it because the conditions of their oral hygiene did not even allow them to chew. Working with our team and other nonprofit organizations, we were able to get dentists and physicians to come treat them, but the problems just kept on unfolding. We soon realized that there were parasites in the soil that the children, who lacked shoes, were being exposed to. So we provided shoes for them, but, even then, the children continued to die because they were also drinking contaminated water during their long walks from school back home and vice versa.

Finally, we were able to drill and provide safe, clean water for them to drink. Thanks to the continue efforts, in the last six years no child has died due to mal nutrition, parasites or contaminated water.

We learned that there is no short term or one time solution and there are realities that even we cannot imagine.

We learned about ourselves, we learned to listen more, to be more patient and compressive, so we can understand the specifics of each situation, in each place, and meet the people and their needs. This helped us a lot, especially to define how to work, as bond with each community, and with other organizations to provide assistance in an integrated manner, seeking long-term solutions to rural schools, feeding centers and foster homes, in remote locations our Argentina.

And we learned the difference between result and impact.

The other day I was asked about the difference between result and impact, and I think one way to describe it, is distinguishing between what represents for us the activity we do, and what change produces in the person who receives it.

For example, we conduct the campaign "For a child's breakfast" for schools in Chaco. From the perspective of the result, it could be measured by: obtaining the necessary funds, the bond with the people who help us reach that monthly food schools, etc. But when that food may be the only one receiving by the child in the day, when it becomes to school in the place of containment where kids go for the food and increase the attendance, and where children can receive education because they do not fall asleep because of the different levels of malnutrition,   This is what we define as impact!

And we learned that giving is not giving what we do not need, but to share what we have.

There have been several stories and projects like this one in the history of our organization.

We started helping a foster home with 20 children, and today we have helped more than 10,000 children in more than 100 schools and their communities. And we learned that they only exist because a lot of people are willing to give, willing to do what they like and what they know for the benefit of others, to make a change.

As a USA poet (Maya Angelou) said, “people may forget what you said and may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel”.

And this is our mission, to make the children feel that they are important and have an opportunity.

Today, we are very happy to share with you that in several of the schools support by our organization new children generation does not know what is facing lack of food, clean water, school supply, and pediatric services.

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

Sumando Manos Foundation

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Nutrition Campign
Nutrition Campign

Dear All,

Thanks again for all you have done to help this cause and for trusting in our foundation to be the liaison between the children who needs our help and yourselves.

We continue helping more than 7000 unprivileged children thoughout 100 communities in remote zones in Argentina through the work done by our nonprofit organization: Sumando Manos Foundation.

Today (Wednesday, July 15th) starting at  9AM USA Eastern Time will start the one day on line event “Rewards Bonus Day” (until 11:59 PM or funds run out).

For each donation received today through our project posted in GlobalGiving website, donations will be matched with an additional 50% for our organization.
Here is the link to access our project.

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

Any amount is very helpful to support  the nutrition, health and education programs that we are managing to improve the quality of underprivileged children lives and their communities in Argentina.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information about our activities or our nonprofit organization.

With gratitude,


Safe and Clena Water
Safe and Clena Water
Pediatric Services
Pediatric Services

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Safe Water 1
Safe Water 1

Dear friends, we are happy to share with you the successfully implementation  of  the equipment needed for the extraction and distribution  of safe drinking water in School Nº 734 Ejército de los Andes, in Lote 3, Pampa Chica, Province of Chaco. 

The school has 57 students in the kindergarten level and 110 in the elementary level who are the directly  impacted by this improvement as well as their families who also benefit from the access to the water.  

Contaminated water is a severe problem in schools of the province of Chaco because it hinders healthy childhood development and it produces extreme malnutrition in children. 

The installation of a water extraction pump in the existing water well to transport water to a water tank and the pipes in order to distribute and supply water to the school bathrooms and kitchen is key to the school and community. This process was previously carried out by hand  using buckets to extract the water and bring it to the bathrooms and kitchen; such procedure compromised water cleanliness and quality at the time of consumption or usage for hand or food washing . 

The bathroom toilets were fixed and as well as the kitchen sink which is a great improvement of health conditions. Next week the piping system to provide water to the vegetable garden will be completed. 

The completion of this project complements the key role of the teachers and directors in rural schools who take care of the academic aspects as well as a proper nutrition. 

Thanks to everyone who took part in this project by trusting our foundation to be the liaison between you and the children who need your generosity by continuing to improve the quality of life of those children who need it the most. 

We'd like to invite you to visit our website www.sumandomanos.org to learn more about our projects in 100 rural schools, feeding centers, foster homes and low income communities throughout 15 Argentine provinces. We reach these children through different medical, nutrition and education programs. 

Sumando Manos Foundation

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Spanish Version

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Queridos amigos,

Queremos compartir con ustedes que  hemos terminado en forma exitosa el proyecto para extracción y distribución de agua potable para la  escuela Nº 734 Ejército de los Andes. Lote 3, Pampa Chica. Chaco.  

La escuela cuenta hoy con 57 alumnos en jardín de infantes y 110 en nivel primario que se ven directamente beneficiados por la obra, así como indirectamente sus familias.

El problema del agua contaminada es un tema crítico en las escuelas de la provincia del Chaco, lo que imposibilita el sano desarrollo de los niños y genera problemas extremos de desnutrición,

A través de la instalación de un motor para la extracción del agua del aljibe, puesta en funcionamiento del tanque cisterna y  de las cañerías para la distribución y abastecimiento del agua,  ahora  la escuela puede disponer de agua potable en baños y cocina, y así, reemplazar el proceso anterior que se realizaba a través de la extracción manual y acarreo a pie con baldes, que además comprometían la calidad del agua que sería consumida por los niños. 

La obra incluyo el arreglo y puesta en funcionamiento de los baños que estaban en desuso y la cocina, y de esta forma, también se mejoran las condiciones de higiene, tanto de los niños, como también para el lavado de los alimentos que son consumidos por ellos. (Próximamente se completara el sistema de cañería para el riego de la huerta)

Esto complementa rol clave de los(as) maestros(as) y directores(as) en las escuelas rurales, ya que  sirven de contención a los niños, y les garantizan que reciban su alimentación diaria. 

Gracias a todos los que participaron y gracias por confiar en nuestra organización para que sea el enlace entre ustedes y los niños que necesitan de su generosidad, así continuar mejorando la calidad de vida de los niños que más lo necesitan.

Los invitamos a visitar nuestro sitio en Internet  www.sumandomanos.org y conocer en más detalle sobre los proyectos de ayuda, alimentación, nutrición y educación que realizamos en alrededor de 100 escuelas rurales, comedores infantiles y barrios carenciados, en 15 provincias de ARGENTINA.

Sumando Manos Foundation

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Childern: Breakfast at School
Childern: Breakfast at School

Dear friends,

once again we’re sharing with you exciting news and achievements for the first quarter of 2015. We started another year of service and are very proud to announce that this year will be the 10th year anniversary of our foundation! Our project started as an idea we wanted to develop, always believing that there was something else we could do to help others. We grew more and more as we learned about the needs of people in Argentina and all our projects and ideas have been achieved thanks to your help. That’s why we would like to wish you a happy 10th anniversary as well, for being such a significant part in our project. Thank you for sharing with us, for trusting our organization to be the link between your generosity and the children in need.

 In March we finished the installation of the first drinking water well of the year at school EGB Nº 634 located in Paraje Fortín Brown, 45 km from Pampa del Indio, Chaco. We finished the connections to the water tank, repaired the bathrooms, kitchen and gutters. There was also an addition made to be able to gather rain water. Children, teachers and people in the community now have access to drinking water!

 We continue adding schools and organizations to our assistance program. During the month of March we began working with “Asociación Civil Pequeños Pasos”, a non for profit organization that works to detect, prevent and control childhood malnutrition by providing balanced diets with rigorous control conducted by professional nutritionists. Located in Loma Hermosa, Buenos Aires, they assist 86 children and 68 mothers. We are helping by providing funds to cover food cost and nutritionists’ fees. Our partner in Argentina, Teresa Donaire, has also coordinated donations of different items needed.

 We continue giving our program “Breakfast for the Children” in Chaco and Misiones. More than 300 children benefit from this program and receive breakfast and/or lunch. The school year started in March 2015, throughout this year we will keep working with teachers, students and school staff, wishing them a year full of success and learning.

 Unfortunately during the months of summer when schools are closed, two of the schools were robbed. Some of the items stolen included gas pipes for the kitchen and the hoses that carry water to the school. We were able to replace most of the items, specially the hoses to be able to provide drinking water to the children.

  All soup kitchens, pediatric and dental services we provide through Organizacion Sai in Buenos Aires, Salta, Tucumán, Santa Fe and Misiones have remained in effect and these are some of the activities that took place during the first quarter of 2015.

 400 children from Mocovi comunity in Recreo attended the center in Noccan Kani, Santa Fe, where they receive meals every Thursday and Sunday. This year we are also providing tutoring every Thursday to the children whose mothers participate in the knitting activities. They make blankets and other items for expecting mothers.

 In Posadas, Misiones we continued our services although we had some changes in schedules due to flooding in the area.

In San Ignacio we had more children registered this school year. Both of the additional classrooms (Pindoyti and Tava Mirí) are branches of the rural bilingual school #44 located outside San Ignacio. In these classrooms the students and their siblings receive two meals a day (breakfast / lunch or lunch / afternoon snack). The items received by the government are not enough, which is a great concern for the teachers. Many times they use their own salary to support these children. The foundation was able to provide powdered milk, food, candy, school supplies, shoes, clothing, etc.

 At “Mamitas” home for young expecting moms, we delivered donations of diapers, food, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, etc. The institution had run out of supplies and its coordinator contacted us with her concern, they did not have enough resources to support these girls. They used to help and serve in a soup kitchen located in the neighborhood where they also received meals, but that soup kitchen was shut down by the government so our presence and support is now indispensable.

In Los Oleros neighborhood, we provided medical services twice a month, as usual. We took care of 25 people, 17 of them were children and teenagers. Many neighbors were seen for different reasons. They’re very poor and need to travel long distances to be able to receive any kind of help. One of the men in the community told us that his wife recently passed  away because he wasn’t able to reach a hospital in time. She suffered from hypertension peak but he didn’t make it on time to the hospital since his car didn’t work and he had to take the bus with her. This neighborhood is getting more populated but there aren’t enough services to support such increase in population, specially the drinking water supplies. We have noted pathologies typical of the season, besides others due to poor hygiene. The community is deeply thankful for the care and attention they’re receiving now. Some of the most common health issues treated here are bronchitis, fungal infections, furunculosis, hypertension, dermatitis, allergies, underweight malnutrition and parasitosis.

At the Toba community in Derqui, Buenos Aires, we have been working with emphasis on the integration of the children to society, help them connect to nature and promote a commitment towards our services in order to achieve a productive experience. We took on different learning projects such as “Proyecto Huerta” through different activities such as songs, storytelling, art and some simple yoga exercises. These activities were followed by lunch. Afterwards we worked on seedlings in recycled bottles, during this activity we explained how to take care of plants. We planted two trees. We concluded the day with a casual meeting (adults only). During the following visit we planted our seedlings and other seeds directly in the ground and also worked on protecting our orchard. We foresee significant improvement in this community.

At “Casa Feliz Sai”, soup kitchen in Gonzalez Catan, Buenos Aires, we assist approximately 500 children a month. On Saturdays we serve meals for around 70 children. We sang songs with the children and held different events such as agricultural and hygiene workshops with emphasis in the importance of washing hands. We also delivered hygiene items. Every Saturday we served breakfast to the children, chocolate milk, cookies and cereal. Lunch was also provided. They received a meal with bread and juice. The children help pick up and clean after breakfast and then they play and color. Sometimes we also play movies, which we later discuss. All these events are organized by the people in charge of the place and volunteers from the Sai organization. Once the children finish playing, they get the place ready to serve lunch. On Saturday 01/11 we took approximately 30 children 10 years and older to Punta Lara, a swimming facility. They left at 8.30 AM and came back at 7PM. They were accompanied by chaperones and were transported by a bus company from the area.

Health services: on 01/25 a pediatrician and a dentist provided their services to this community. Doctors and volunteers were there at 9.15 to get the place ready and begin seeing patients. While these activities were taking place, Gloria and her family were making breakfast for the children (chocolate milk with cookies and cereal). The volunteers in charge of the Human Values Workshop and some of the children began working on the rooms and getting ready for the activities. The pediatrician saw 31 children. The most frequent conditions were skin and respiratory infections, and eye problems. The dentist saw 9 patients with different problems including extractions and other treatments. All the patients received medication to treat their condition. At the same, there was a class in Human Values teaching about “Care, Happiness and Dedication”. The children sang songs and listened to a story and and did a guided questions and answers activity. At the end, lunch was served for everyone. During the next pediatric visit on February 14, 16 children and 5 adults were seen. They were treated for  skin and respiratory infections.  On March 21 there was a new pediatric visit; 28 children and 5 adults were treated for different conditions such as parasitosis and respiratory infections. As usual, there was teaching in Human Values, fun activities, a sewing workshop and a meal for everyone present on both occasions.

A “La Casita Sai” soup kitchen in Florencio Varela all activities took place as usual; children were served  breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack twice a week. The building of a  new doctor’s office was finished  so the doctors can treat patients in a more comfortable environment. All 60 children who attend every week participate in all the activities - from helping cook to setting up with enormous happiness. They received a monthly visit from a pediatrician, dentist and dematologist. In January, 9 children were seen and a high risk for cavities was observed due to lack of oral health. A similar situation was observed in February and in March, when 14 children were treated for the same reason. From here on, there will be workshops for parents and caregivers to encourage preventive oral care in children and adults. The dermatologist treated patients for eccema, xerodermia, head lice, burns and psoriasis. 

At the Merendero Belén (soup kitchen), in Villa Solidaridad, Salta there were weekly meetings on Saturday where children enjoyed a meal and had a great time. Thanks to the house owners where meetings are held, Eva and Luis, who prepare chocolate milk, rice and milk, bread and pastries, the children always have amazing afternoons full of fun and love. They participate in games and recreational activities. About 40 young children attend constantly every week and some of their moms all help. On January 6 there was a celebration because of the day of the “Three Maggi” and it was an amazing afternoon with food, games, songs, educational talks and special presents for the children brought from India.

In “Las Talitas” (soup kitchen), Tucumán, more than 35 children participate every week in different activities including a meal, games, songs, and different workshops. They also received shoes and clothing. In January, there was a celebration because of the day of the “Three Maggi” where the children had a fabulous time eating, playing and they also got t-shirts as presents. During January, the pediatrician treated 42 children for skin  and respiratory infections and parasites. Each patient received the necessary medicine for their condition. There were different questions about teenage health that were answered by the pediatrician.

Infinite thanks to the endless work of our leader in Buenos Aires, Teresa and her group of helping hand for the incredible amount of donations received, cleaned, washed, organized and sent to the different schools and organizations according to their needs. Teresa has an extensive network of volunteers who help by donating items, money, time and labor so many children can access many things they lack and put smile on their faces. Among them we have to especially thank Mr. Cesar from Famyca for donating all the packing tape used to send the packages and boxes to the schools; and to Humberto for fixing all the donated computer equipment free of charge and he ocasionally also helps with the organization of the wherehouse and packing.

 A great number of donations were received and sent to our schools in Chaco, Corrientes, Salta, Entre Rios and San Luis. Among the items received we can mention clothing, soccers jerseys, soccer balls, athletic shoes, educational toys, books, schools supplies, a flag, first aid kits, tooth brushes and tooth paste, medicine, non-perishable food items, linens, towels, mattresses, bed sheets and blankets, kitchen utensils, computers, tvs, radios, fans among others. There was a special donation of 16 chairs and 3 tables for a kindergarten class, a library shelf that were sent to one of the school in need of those items.

NIKE Argentina donated  100 pairs of athletic shoes to promote a change through sport activities; the shoes were sent to one of the schools and the children received them with great joy.

During the month of December 2014 Teresa travelled to Chaco to visit several of the schools in the area. During her visit to School N*97  she gave away soccer balls and she got lots of smiles in return!

We want to express our sincere thanks to the companies that transport the donations to the different schools free of charge: Expreso Amafuerte, Logística Salta, Expreso Demonte, Expreso San Juan de Cuyo.

Our deep gratitute to the school directors, teachers and students who make a daily effort to attend school and improve their education and their lives because they believe in the opportunity of a better future. To most of them the mere fact of getting to school means that they have to walk several miles, hitchhike or ride a horse due to the remote location of the schools. We’d like to thank them for being our allies and an integral part of our f0undation.

THANKS Everyone  for trusting in our foundation to be the liaison  between the children who  need our help and yourselves

SUMANDO MANOS FOUNDATION 

Clean and Safe Water
Clean and Safe Water
Pediatric Service
Pediatric Service
Pediatric Service 2
Pediatric Service 2
Dentist Service
Dentist Service
Dentist Service 2
Dentist Service 2
Donation School
Donation School' Supplies
Children: Lunch at School
Children: Lunch at School

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Organization Information

Sumando Manos Foundation

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