Volunteer support for health and social development
Villa Pampa is a small town situated in the Chuquisaca region. The trip Villa Pampa from Cochabamba is not without danger, and our driver had to expertly maneuver hairpin turns. Villa Pampa is hidden inside a large green landscape. The village, however, is neglected. The old health clinic is in a state of disrepair.
The construction of the new clinic started in July 2017. After carrying out preparatory work, the building’s walls were constructed and the roof installed. Then the finishing phase begins; walls are plastered, and floors, windows and doors are installed.
On December 11th, the team of Mano a Mano Bolivia put the finishing touches on the building. On December 12th, 2017, the residents decorated the building with the typical textiles. Today, we will celebrate the inauguration of the new clinic.
The national anthem opens the program. Speeches are given: everyone likes to say a few words to express their gratitude. Many people have participated in the completion of this project: the municipality, the community, the sponsors of the project and of course Mano a Mano Bolivia.
The children of the community give a dance performance and guests are invited to participate. A special word of thanks goes out to Shireen and David, who donated their wedding gift in support of this project. The many Friends of Mano a Mano Bolivia in Belgium also supported this project.
The people of Villa Pampa expressed their gratitude by offering traditional garlands to to authorities, sponsors and the team of Mano a Mano Bolivia. Finally, the words of Dr. Jose cannot be missed. He knows how to motivate and encourage people to take initiatives. He knows better than anyone else the needs that exist in the remote area.
Villa Pampa is the 161st clinic that Mano a Mano Bolivia has built. That is a great achievement, but many other projects are still waiting to be completed. That is why we are always looking around to find new sponsors.
A very important moment is handing over the keys of the new clinic. This is how people from the community become responsible for the management of their own clinic. Many have made an effort and we must not forget them: a memorial is revealed. The mayor was asked to cut the ribbon. Finally, everyone gets access to the new clinic to have a look and to appreciate to wonderful work that was done.
The clinic stands there and shines. It is fully equipped so that the health staff can properly attend to the community. For the people of Villa Pampa, this project will improve their standard of living.
Villa Pampa December 12, 2017