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Dear Donors: I’ve just retur…
Dear Donors:
I’ve just returned from my trip to Bolivia. Because you were so generous in donating to the cause, I wanted to update you on how the trip went and what your donation purchased.

I traveled with the group Mano a Mano, a nonprofit organization that has worked to help the people of rural Bolivia for over 20 years. Ten teachers from Minnesota (myself included) flew down and met a group of in-country volunteers to host two separate teaching conferences over the course of the week. Included in this group was my friend of over 25 years, Jackie Smith. Jackie and I went to high school together. She and her husband are both teachers in the Twin Cities and had been on this trip before. The co-founder of the organization, Segundo Velasquez, a Bolivian who has lived in MN for decades, was also with us throughout the trip.

With over 60 individual donations, I was able to collect over $4300. What did your donation buy? So much! While still in the US, we purchased markers, school supplies, and notebooks for teachers. The traveling volunteers carried down over a dozen 50-pound suitcases from MN. Though there were no luggage fees for the international flight from Miami to Bolivia, we did need to pay for each suitcase from Minneapolis to Miami. So, we used some of the money to pay the fees for the additional luggage.

Mano a Mano used the rest of the money to buy supplies in Bolivia which we distributed to over 800 children and schools in the rural areas around Arani, about an hour outside of Cochabamba. The people of Bolivia are warm and friendly and were very, very appreciative of the training and materials they received. Being a part of this project made me acutely aware of the commonalities that draw all people together and just how lucky we are.

I want to thank each and every one of you who donated money to this cause. The people who run Mano a Mano are some of the most hard-working and earnest I have ever met. Their integrity is incredible, and you can be sure every dollar donated to this organization is well spent.

If you are interested in looking at pictures, follow this link. It will work even if you do not have a Facebook account.

Again, thank you for your donation. Rest assured, it was money well spent.

3 years ago
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Jillian Sutherland
Glenwood Springs, CO United States
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