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Education attacks poverty at the root level, allowing individuals to realize their God-given potential to elevate their lives and communities. An enlightened mind opens the door for people to make generational change. By lifting the impoverished out of educational poverty, we spread seeds of hope and provide avenues away from the negativity of drugs and crime.

Our Mano Amiga school system helps children in abject poverty rise above and beyond to become doctors, lawyers, dentists, business professionals, loving parents and involved members of the community. The Mano Amiga schools have been bringing hope to poor families willing to help themselves for nearly 50 years. More than 22,000 children in 38 Mano Amiga schools throughout the world have been served in this unique approach to attacking poverty.

Catholic World Mission also assists non-Mano Amiga schools around the world in need of basic assistance such as school desks and chairs, and much-needed repairs to school properties damaged by natural disasters.

CATHOLIC WORLD MISSION in ACTION

Mano Amiga Venezuela
As we head back to school for the new school year we are happy to share four success stories from Mano Amiga Venezuela! Their families have made Mano Amiga education a priority in their lives & it shows! It is illuminating the minds of the whole family.
Nigeria
Children’s Day in Nigeria is celebrated May 27 every year! We are so thankful we got to be a part of the celebrations and give exercise books to the students. Learn about our mission to alleviate suffering in Nigeria here.
Mano Amiga Philippines
The new Mano Amiga Philippines Academy is almost complete! The 95 student school is moving to a new building and location where they will be able to welcome 800-1200 more students! See the blessing this school is to the community.
Mão Amiga Brazil
A gift from heaven enabled William and his siblings to attend Mão Amiga! Learn how his scholarship to Mão Amiga Brazil changed his life.
Mano Amiga Schools
When it is time for back to school don’t you want your children to be in a safe environment? Learn how you can help Mano Amiga students head back to safe schools this year.
Mano Amiga Guatemala
Meet Jessica! She is a kindergartner at Mano Amiga Guatemala, she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Learn more about her school.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Meet Alexa! Last year you helped raised money for her school to be built. Now Mano Amiga Tapachula High School is closer than ever to completion! Read her thank you letter here.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Mano Amiga Tapachula’s high school is taking shape thanks to your very generous donations! See updates of the progress here.
Mano Amiga Colombia
Jinela Maria Villa teaches at Mano Amiga Colombia, and has created a wonderful opportunity for high school students give back to the community. Read about it here.
Mano Amiga Argentina
Mano Amiga helped a father in Argentina realize receiving his First Communion should always be embraced with a sense of pride!
Mano Amiga Guatemala
Introducing Mano Amiga Guatemala. They strive to be the hands and feet of God in the community by bringing educational and spiritual uplift. Learn more about MA Guatemala here.
Mano Amiga Philippines
Joshua attends Mano Amiga Philippines, and is so thankful for all your support in the Hand of an Angel campaign. Your support will continue to provide scholarships for years to come for students like him. Hear his thanks here.
Mano Amiga Argentina
Check out this update from Mano Amiga Argentina! They have been running a hardware class teaching students how to repair computers and then giving them to members of the community! Check it out here.
Mano Amiga El Salvador
Here at CWM, we were recently able to connect with Mano Amiga El Salvador to boost the school and provide for scholarships! Check out the school here.
Mano Amiga Philippines
Neil, 8 years old, attends Mano Amiga Taguig.When we grows up, he wants to fly planes, so he can take his mother around the world. By keeping him in school, he can pursue this dream. Read his story here.
Mano Amiga Philippines
Charlene is a third grader at Mano Amiga Taguig with Mark! She receives a scholarship to attend the school, & it provides for her meals. Read her story now.
Mano Amiga Philippines
Mark is a third grader in Mano Amiga Taguig! He wants to play basketball when he grows up. By putting him through school we can make his dream a reality. Read his profile here.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Thanks to CWM donors the Mano Amiga Tapachula High School is taking shape!
Mano Amiga Mexico
Mano Amiga Tapachula school was able to lay the first brick for the town's first high school! They are so thankful for Catholic World Mission donors help to achieve higher education. Read more here.
Kenya
26 Children Graduated from the Missionaries of the Poor Kenya School-The Good Shepherd Academy! Thanks to CWM donors, we were able to fund five life giving projects for the Missionaries of the Poor in Kenya.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Thanks to CWM Donors the new bathroom facility in Monterrey is complete! Check out a few pictures of the bathroom blessing and the many children and staff benefiting from this gift.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Mano Amiga bathrooms complete! With the support of CWM donors, Mano Amiga Monterrey bathrooms are almost complete as nearly 1,000 students and 80 teachers/staff prepare to start another school year.
Mano Amiga Philippines
Catholic World Mission supports five key programs for our Mano Amiga school in the Philippines. Read about the success!
Mano Amiga Colombia
CWM donors support teacher salaries in Colombia, where educators strive to lead children to a bright future in the midst of a volatile environment.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Bathroom construction is under way at Mano Amiga Monterrey, where nearly 1,000 students have been sharing one facility.
Mano Amiga Argentina
With the support of CWM donors, Mano Amiga Argentina can continue to build up their community as a whole through child and adult education, extra-curricular activities and spiritual formation. Click here to watch their inspiring video.
Mano Amiga Colombia
With the support of CWM donors, Mano Amiga schools in Colombia can continue to bring hope and education to the thousands of residents living in poor areas who currently only engage in agricultural activities.
United States
Children helping Children: Students at an Illinois Catholic school host a rummage sale to benefit impoverished children around the world.
Mão Amiga Brazil
Our partners from Mão Amiga Brazil send holiday greetings and thanks to our generous donors as the school celebrates its sixth Christmas season, still with many challenges ahead, but yet much success to-date.
Mano Amiga
Students from our Mano Amiga schools send greetings of Feliz Navidad and THANKS to our donors for providing life-changing scholarships. See the delightful video greeting here.
Mano Amiga
The Mano Amiga families are willing to help themselves while they wait for scholarships.
Mano Amiga
CWM donors have been able to help overhaul the electrical system at a Mano Amiga school. See what this means for the students.
Mão Amiga Brazil
Mão Amiga Brazil finishes out another successful and uplifting school year, building character and a future for 430 children. Read the annual report here.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Donors work to keep Mano Amiga La Cima a safe haven, as the fencing project nears completion. See an interview with the principal here.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Mano Amiga Monterrey is the recipient of a generous $50,000 donation to fund much-needed scholarships! Read more!
Mano Amiga Mexico
CWM donors fund project to improve safety for Mano Amiga children in La Cima, Mexico. Read more
Mano Amiga Mexico
Meet Jose Enrique, a Mano Amiga student pictured below, who is taking the "leg up" that MA schools offer, and turning it into his own success story.
Mao Amiga Brazil
Mano Amiga Brazil sends their thanks to the donors of Catholic World Mission. Watch their heartwarming video here.
Mano Amiga Mexico
Explore Director Rick Medina's Travel Blog to learn about his recent trip to Mano Amiga Schools in Mexico!

Mano Amiga

Mano Amiga

Under the spiritual direction of the Legionaries of Christ, a religious order of the Catholic Church, the first Mano Amiga School opened its doors to 15 students in kindergarten in 1963. Our Mano Amiga schools address the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families in impoverished areas.

Today, there are 38 schools in the Mano Amiga system, serving over 22,000 students living in poor, urban communities in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela and the Philippines. Providing high-quality, values-based Catholic education, thousands of students are rescued from what could be a life plagued by drugs, violence and chronic poverty.

The success of Mano Amiga is confirmed in the statistics. More than 90% of Mano Amiga students complete their high school education; at least 85% go on to University or technical school; in regional scholastic competitions, Mano Amiga students repeatedly come out on top, beating out students from wealthy, elite schools. Creating a platform for people to use their God-given talents to become self-sufficient, Mano Amiga Schools offer families the experience of love, intellectual stimulation, spiritual growth and opportunity.

Mano Amiga Venezuela Mano Amiga Students

Argentina

2003 Fátima, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2003 Santa María, Argentina

Brazil

2006 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Chile

1989 Recoleta, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2002 Región V, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2002 Santa Teresa de los Andes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Colombia

1997 Bello, Antioquía, Colombia
2011 Zipaquira, Colombia

El Salvador

2002 San Antonio, El Salvador
2003 San Antonio, La Paz, El Salvador

Guatemala

2006 Cristo Rey Piedra Parada, Guatemala
2008 Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala

Mexico

1963 Zomeyucan, Edo. de México, Mexico
1964 Tizapán, Distrito Federal, Mexico
1974 Monterrey (La Boquilla), Nuevo León, Mexico
1979 León, Guanajuato, Mexico
1987 Cualcan Lerma, Edo. de México, Mexico
1989 Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico
1990 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
1991 La Cima, Nuevo León, Mexico
1993 Chalco, Edo. de México, Mexico
1994 Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
1999 Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
2001 Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
2004 Villas de San Juan (León II), Guanajuato, Mexico
2005 Conkal, Yucatán, Mexico
2005 Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
2006 Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
2006 Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
2006 Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
2006 Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
2008 Tijuana, Mexico
2009 Cancun, Mexico
2009 Morelia Michoacán, Mexico
2009 Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoacán, Mexico

Philippines

2008 Taguig, Phillippines

Venezuela

1994 Filas de Mariche, Caracas, Venezuela
2004 La Montaña, Fila de Turgua, Venezuela

On average one full-year scholarship to a Mano Amiga school is $800. This generous donation cover the cost of uniforms, tuition, books, and nutrition programs. Mano Amiga strives to address the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families in impoverished areas. With a graduation rate of 90% in the Mano Amiga schools in the Americas and 95% in the Philippines Mano Amiga students go on to higher education, technical schools, and universities and typically are the first of their families to do so.

95% of the students in Mano Amiga rely on scholarships to attend school year after year. They are thankful for caring friends like you who provide them with this opportunity We offer a leg-up, not a hand out to these extremely needy families. Sponsor a child today!

Every June, Catholic World Mission raises funds to support the needs and resources of Mano Amiga schools. Currently partnering with over 30 schools in 8 different countries, donations are allocated to anything from scholarships to desks to building construction. We believe that a strong education can lay the foundation to an even stronger future. Striving to provide as many opportunities as possible, Catholic World Mission shares Mano Amiga's goal of reaching out to communities to end the cycle of poverty. Education is more than a quick fix. By continuing this yearly appeal, we contribute to progress and development towards life long and sustainable changes in many lives. 

Read our Annual Fund Drive Appeal here.

Mano Amiga

Under the spiritual direction of the Legionaries of Christ, a religious order of the Catholic Church, the first Mano Amiga School opened its doors to 15 students in kindergarten in 1963. Our Mano Amiga schools address the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families in impoverished areas.

Today, there are 38 schools in the Mano Amiga system, serving over 22,000 students living in poor, urban communities in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela and the Philippines. Providing high-quality, values-based Catholic education, thousands of students are rescued from what could be a life plagued by drugs, violence and chronic poverty.

The success of Mano Amiga is confirmed in the statistics. More than 90% of Mano Amiga students complete their high school education; at least 85% go on to University or technical school; in regional scholastic competitions, Mano Amiga students repeatedly come out on top, beating out students from wealthy, elite schools. Creating a platform for people to use their God-given talents to become self-sufficient, Mano Amiga Schools offer families the experience of love, intellectual stimulation, spiritual growth and opportunity.

Mano Amiga Venezuela Mano Amiga Students

Argentina

2003 Fátima, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2003 Santa María, Argentina

Brazil

2006 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Chile

1989 Recoleta, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2002 Región V, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2002 Santa Teresa de los Andes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Colombia

1997 Bello, Antioquía, Colombia
2011 Zipaquira, Colombia

El Salvador

2002 San Antonio, El Salvador
2003 San Antonio, La Paz, El Salvador

Guatemala

2006 Cristo Rey Piedra Parada, Guatemala
2008 Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala

Mexico

1963 Zomeyucan, Edo. de México, Mexico
1964 Tizapán, Distrito Federal, Mexico
1974 Monterrey (La Boquilla), Nuevo León, Mexico
1979 León, Guanajuato, Mexico
1987 Cualcan Lerma, Edo. de México, Mexico
1989 Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico
1990 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
1991 La Cima, Nuevo León, Mexico
1993 Chalco, Edo. de México, Mexico
1994 Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
1999 Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
2001 Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
2004 Villas de San Juan (León II), Guanajuato, Mexico
2005 Conkal, Yucatán, Mexico
2005 Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
2006 Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
2006 Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
2006 Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
2006 Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
2008 Tijuana, Mexico
2009 Cancun, Mexico
2009 Morelia Michoacán, Mexico
2009 Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoacán, Mexico

Philippines

2008 Taguig, Phillippines

Venezuela

1994 Filas de Mariche, Caracas, Venezuela
2004 La Montaña, Fila de Turgua, Venezuela

On average one full-year scholarship to a Mano Amiga school is $800. This generous donation cover the cost of uniforms, tuition, books, and nutrition programs. Mano Amiga strives to address the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families in impoverished areas. With a graduation rate of 90% in the Mano Amiga schools in the Americas and 95% in the Philippines Mano Amiga students go on to higher education, technical schools, and universities and typically are the first of their families to do so.

95% of the students in Mano Amiga rely on scholarships to attend school year after year. They are thankful for caring friends like you who provide them with this opportunity We offer a leg-up, not a hand out to these extremely needy families. Sponsor a child today!

Every June, Catholic World Mission raises funds to support the needs and resources of Mano Amiga schools. Currently partnering with over 30 schools in 8 different countries, donations are allocated to anything from scholarships to desks to building construction. We believe that a strong education can lay the foundation to an even stronger future. Striving to provide as many opportunities as possible, Catholic World Mission shares Mano Amiga's goal of reaching out to communities to end the cycle of poverty. Education is more than a quick fix. By continuing this yearly appeal, we contribute to progress and development towards life long and sustainable changes in many lives. 

Read our Annual Fund Drive Appeal here.

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