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Medical Missions What is a medical mission? Our mission team consists of doctors, nurses, and other volunteers that minister to the physical, spiritual needs of women, children, and adults in developing countries throughout the world. Currently our missions are limited to Peru. Mission and Vision Hands of Charity, or “Manos …

Our Mission

Manos de la Caridad, (Hands of Charity) is a non-profit organization, raising money to help the women, children, and families, the poorest of poor in Chimbote, Peru. Manos de la Caridad, currently takes medical missionary groups to Chimbote, Peru. Our mission is to provide our clients with education and educational …

Our Programs

Manos de la Caridad, is fiscally sponsored by “The Jordan Area Food Shelf.” Manos de la Caridad will seek its own tax exempt status as it is fiscally able. Until that time, all tax deductible donations are managed though our fiscal agent and all donations to Manos de la Caridad, …


What do you have to do to join a team? 1. Register to go on a medical mission. 2. Send resume and small summary “why you would like to join the team.” 3. Send a nursing license or medical license if applicable. 4. Make sure you have a passport, up-to-date …

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The winner is….

November 15, 2012 Main Comments Off

Cake for Everyone!

After this years trip we had a little get together to share stories, and talk about our next mission trip to Chimbote. It was great to see everyone again! We also had some fun drawing the three winning tickets for our fundraiser.

Congratulations to..

Kai Thietje – 1st Prize – Apple IPad
Melody Walsh – 2nd Prize – Microsoft XBox 360
Ryan Silverfield – 3rd Prize – Canon Powershot A2300 Camera

Special Thanks go out to Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery in Bloomington for providing the cake, rolls and pastries at our event.

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

Denny’s Bakery has been a great friend to our group over the past years. I would like to encourage all our friends to stop by Denny’s Bakery and taste just how good baked goods can be, coming from the ovens of Denny’s Bakery. Denny’s Bakery is a family owned business in its third generation. Thank you Denny, Kevin, and Justin, for providing an outstanding commitment to our community. If you’re interested in ordering any holiday treats from Denny’s Bakery, please contact Ivan Lord @ 612-607-9433. Ivan is our guy at Denny’s Bakery and he is Awesome!

Once again congratulations to all our winners and thank you all for making our mission possible…

The mission experience. How did we do?

October 15, 2012 Main Comments Off

Mariana Chimbote 2012

On A Scale of 1 – 10

How were your hosts in Chimbote? 10
How was the food? PERFECT 10
Bathrooms? 8 (They were clean but different from the USA)
Sleeping arrangements? 8 (Beds were hard but better than the dirt floor)
Would you come back again with our group? 10 ABSOLUTELY
Mission Clinic, what did you think? 9
Bed Delivery / Home Health Assessments, what did you think? Didn’t get to attend these but would LOVE to next time.
Did you feel safe in Chimbote? 8 just because anything can happen anywhere with anyone.

Please email a paragraph or two about about your experience to share on the blog.

This experience was AMAZING and I would love to go back and with more experience because I can do my homework with all the kinds of illness’ and medication options. This definately made me want to devote more of my life to people less fortunate and try to give as much as I can. I was not only touched by these people but learned the meaning to life and to appreciate what we have here at home in the USA. I saw this one little boy who had a tumor in his neck that was nearly the size of a tennis ball and his disposition was so positive and he just smiled and acted as if nothing was wrong. He made me want to do more next time I go back. The other kids would glow when we would give them American candy and a tiny toy and would smile ear to ear to see us. The people there in Chimbote welcomed us and were so appreciative and I came back with a meaning in my life and that is to care for the less fortunate.


Beds Program in Action

October 12, 2012 Main Comments Off

Today’s picture was shared by Jerry Cassidy ( Far Right ). Jerry is a student at Globe University and volunteer for the 2012 mission. On the far left is Jenni Larson, Jenni is the Medical Assistant Program Chair at the Globe University and joined us on this years trip.

Our public health missions offer medical students the opportunity to visit other countries and gain first hand experience about public health conditions abroad.

On this years trip future nurses and medical assistants participated from the Globe University in Minnesota. Over the last two missions the Globe students have proven to be qualified and compassionate care givers.

In the above picture our volunteers are delivering a bed and frame for a family in Chimbote. This year we distributed 25 beds. Our budget per bed is $150.00 which includes a bed frame, sheets, pillow, pillow case and blanket.

St Rita’s from Cottage Grove, MN. generously donated $3,000.00 for this years beds program.

It takes a team to make things happen and we are blessed to have so many supporters.

Back in Minnesota…

October 9, 2012 Main Comments Off

The team made it back to Minnesota on Monday. Our mission survey’s have gone out and from the first reply I am happy to post this comment from one of our volunteers who gave us a great report card.

Gabriel said… This was a great experience and I hope to come back next year after graduation when I have a real job. Delivering beds was really fun and you could tell that people were really happy leaving the clinic even if all they got was some Tylenol. The group worked together really well as a team. I would definitely do this again, and recommend it to the classes behind me. Gabriel

Chimbote Update…

October 6, 2012 Main Comments Off

After 2 days of clinic in Chimbote… The group traveled about an hour into the mountains and conducted an additional day of clinic. On Thursday the group delivered bed’s and did in home health assessments. Though communications have been excellent. I have had no picture updates for a few days.. We will have to work on this for the next mission.

The group finished up all mission duties on Friday morning. They departed for Lima Friday afternoon. They should have made it to Lima around 8 PM. While in Lima the group will be staying in Miraflores. Saturday is a free day. Tours of Lima, shopping and dining out are now the order of the day as the group will depart Lima and return to Minneapolis on Monday afternoon.

Our Featured Educational Video Series

The Following videos are from the series "Prevención de la Enfermedad Ver. 2.0" issue.
("Prevention of Disease Ver. 2.0")

"Lavado de Manos"
(Hand Washing)

"Aislamiento cuando la gente está enferma"
(Isolation when people are Sick)

For additional educational videos or information please visit or education program page located here.

Support Manos de la Caridad

Manos de la Caridad, is fiscally sponsored by "The Jordan Area Food Shelf." Manos de la Caridad will seek its own tax exempt status as it is fiscally able. Until that time, all tax deductible donations are managed though our fiscal agent and all donations to Manos de la Caridad, are tax exempt.

To find out more about Manos de la Caridad, please contact Tanya or Eric at (612) 465-9725.

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

More News

02/01/2012 A Message from our Executive Director

This year’s trip was a very emotional and eye opening experience for myself and the rest of our group.
The women and children were coming for medical reasons, but also many came for a glass of water. When a mother comes with their child and the child has not had water for two days, and we offer a glass of water, it breaks my heart as a mother to know the difficultly in helping your child to meet the basic needs of survival.
For many, water comes from a contaminated river they wash clothes, cook with, and bath in. Many of the people would purchase drinking water if they were able to afford it. Many can not and can not go without. They drink what they have. Please help us to support them on future missions.


02-03-11 Manos de la Caridad, would like to welcome back Tanya, our "Executive Director," who has just returned from a week mission in Arequipa, Peru. Tanya, assisted the San Francisco De Asis Sonrisa Program. Tanya, worked with children in post op care and educated families on care instructions for their children after surgery.

This trip also allowed Manos de la Caridad, to introduce its first educational video set. The set was created for the Peruvian culture and contained education on cleft lip and palate care and treatment after surgery. The families of the patients were most grateful for the education. The doctors were excited for the educational opportunities that could benefit the many children and families, who needed education after cleft lip and palate surgery. The video sets were used in Arequipa, as well as Lima, for over 100 patients. Great job Tanya and welcome back!

5K Fun Walk/Run

October 2010 Manos de la Caridad, would like to thank everyone for coming out to the 5K fun walk/run on Saturday. A big thank you to the supporters: CertainTeed, (Tammy you're the Best), Jeff and Beth from Total Health, Charity Warriors, our fiscal sponsor The Jordan Area Food Shelf, Phil Berbig the magic man on guitar... Frank the Master Grill Man... Nichole and all the volunteers who worked so hard making this happen. And special Thx to Kari and her team... Christine and the twins... and Dylan who lead the 5K Charge! You're all a blessing...