Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our newest giving partner, Mano a Mano

As our pajama donations continue to come in (we received 120 pairs of new and gently worn pajamas last week alone), we continue to expand our giving partners. I am especially excited to announce our newest partner, Mano a Mano. Founded by Joan and Segundo Valesquez, Mano a Mano serves impoverished rural areas of Bolivia. The Valesquez's began collecting medical supplies to send to Bolivia in the early 1990's, and what started as collecting grew to a highly successful non for profit offering medical care and education to people living in remote rural areas of Bolivia. I was surprised to learn that Bolivia is the most impoverished country in the world with 94% of its population living below subsistence levels. This type of extreme poverty is especially hard on women and children, and in the rural province where most of Mano a Mano's clinics are maternal and infant mortality rates are very high: 3 in 10 children in this area do not live to see their first birthday. Our of 100,000 live births, 650 children will loose their lives. This is the highest mortality rate in all of Latin America. Much of Bolivia is mountainous with extreme temperatures. There is great need in Bolivia for aid, especially when it comes to the challenges faced by women and children, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute in a small way. The sales of our garments help to fund the collection and transportation of our donated pajamas, and we look forward to seeing our pajamas on some Bolivian babies! Check out all of the amazing work that Mano a Mano is doing:

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