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
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).
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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
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
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
Another installation to provide drinkable water was completed last month. The project was implemented in the School EEGB 634 PROVINCIAS ARGENTINAS, PJE. FORTIN BROWN, PAMPA DEL INDIO (Chaco) and now the children count with safe and clean water .
Drinking water is the main and critical factor to prevent child deaths from malnutrition, and to improve the quality of life of children.
In addition, we will continue supporting the school through our annual Nutrition, Health and Education programs.
As you know any amount matters to support our Nutrition Education and Health programs for helping underprivileged children in remote zones in Argentina, and we are very happy to share with you that if your are an employee in United Stated in the following corporation: Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft and Expedia, donations to our foundation can be registered in your company matching program.
Once you donate to our organization, you can register it in your company matching program, and your company will donate the equivalent amount to our organization too! And your donation value is double!
Also we continue being part of Amazon contribution program, and any purchase at Amazon using the link smile.amazon.com (indicating in your profile that you support Sumando Manos Foundation), a 0.5% of the value of your purchases will be donated to our organization.
Thanks for all your support, we continue helping more than 7000 thousand children throughout 90 communities in 14 provinces in Argentina, improving their quality of live for a better opportunity and a future.
Thanks for trusting us to be the liaison between your generosity and them.
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