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July 13, 2018

Help Poor Kids in 9 Countries Build a Better Life when You Help Them Go to School

In 2012, Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl, defied the Taliban and went to school. Even though she was so young, Malala was an outspoken advocate for girls’ access to education. In response, the Taliban sent a gunman to assassinate her. She was 14 years old.

A Mano Amiga education opens horizons of opportunities to children who wouldn't have access to education otherwise.Miraculously, Malala survived. And instead of being scared into silence, she went on to become one of the leading advocates for equal access to education and for peace. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17.

In his 2014 TED talk, Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai said, “People ask me, what is special in my mentorship which has made Malala so bold and so courageous and so vocal and poised? I tell them, don’t ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that’s all.

For thousands of young students in Latin America and the Philippines, the biggest obstacle that might clip their wings is crushing, systemic generational poverty. But YOU can help Mano Amiga schools end this poverty and give these children the tools they need to chase their dreams.

Video: What Sets Mano Amiga Apart?


A Mano Amiga education is based on 6 integral pillars: high quality education, committed teachers, personalized attention, family support, well-rounded formation, and project based learning

Here's how you can help Mano Amiga students soar today...Mano Amiga curriculum is grounded in the Catholic faith

Mano Amiga schools exist in order to provide quality, life-changing, Catholic education to children throughout Latin America and the Philippines. These students come from some of the poorest families, and many of them rely on full or partial scholarships to afford tuition.

Mano Amiga schools are irreplaceable in their communities, with more than 38 campuses in nine countries. But they urgently need your help to make sure the campuses are ready for the new school year this fall.

To learn more about Mano Amiga's pillars, click here.

Give today and help some of the biggest Back to School needs this year!

Give today and help with some of the biggest Back to School needs:




In El Salvador, the situation is urgent. There are 420 students and 50 teachers who count on receiving a nourishing meal from the school’s cafeteria each day. But the kitchen appliances are nearly 13 years old, and many of them have been repaired several times already. With sweltering summer temperatures, valuable food can spoil quickly if the kitchen appliances aren’t functioning properly. In addition to a new refrigerator and freezer, the cafeteria needs new tables and working ceiling fans.

In El Salvador, new cafeteria appliances are urgently needed to keep valuable food from spoiling  Many appliances have already been repaired multiple times and need to be replaced entirely

In Argentina, galvanized metal roofing is needed for the school’s daycare center. The roof of the elementary school building has several serious leaks that also need to be fixed and waterproofed before the students return this fall. And in the school’s chapel, moisture-damaged walls must be repaired and painted immediately.

In Argentina, waterproofing is a major need. Here, the walls of the school's chapel show serious water damage.  Leaky roofs have caused major damage to classrooms. These leaks need to be fixed immediately.

In Querétaro, Mexico, the doors to the classrooms must be replaced. The doors were installed 10 years ago when the school was founded, but they are now rusted and falling apart due to the high winds and inclement weather in Querétaro. In addition, the school’s windows are in bad shape and must be replaced to ensure the safety of the students.

MA Querétaro in Mexico badly needs new doors for every classroom These doors are quickly becoming hazardous for Mano Amiga students

If the school year were to start today, the sad truth is that most of these campuses would simply not be ready for students. But YOU can help right now...and impact a child's life for years to come. Help deserving children break down the barrier of poverty with a gift of:

$25 can buy shoes or a backpack $50 helps with school uniforms and textbooks $75 can repair walkways & roofs $100 can help replace broken cafeteria appliances $200 helps provide a pump for clean water $350 helps provide desks, tables, and blackboards for classrooms


Mano Amiga students are some of the brightest students around! Meet 4 of them here:

Meet Paulina, Mano Amiga Queretaro Meet Renato and Antonia, Mano Amiga Argentina

Meet Ingrid, Mano Amiga El Salvador


Here’s how you can help Paulina, Renato and Antonia, Ingrid, and thousands of other students in need:

Make a difference for Paulina, Renato and Antonia, and Ingrid today!

  • $350 helps provide desks, tables, and blackboards for classrooms
  • $200 helps provide a pump for clean water
  • $100 helps repair or replace broken cafeteria appliances
  • $75 helps fix leaking roofs, crumbling walkways, and other school repairs
  • $50 helps with school uniforms and textbooks
  • $25 can buy backpacks or shoes

School starts in just a few weeks! Please, give today, and help Mano Amiga students start the school year off right.

You can help thousands of Mano Amiga students in Latin America and the Philippines today. Give now.

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Learn more about the Mano Amiga network of schools here.