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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.

Donate to the Annual Fund Drive today!

CATHOLIC WORLD MISSION in ACTION

Mexico - Del Rio Foundation Gives to Mano Amiga
Read how the National Football League is supporting Mano Amiga schools in Mexico, and hear from the wife of Oakland Raiders' head coach Jack Del Rio on how faith and football have allowed her to live generously.
Nigeria - A Special Message for You!
Take a look at a very special message of gratitude just for YOU! Click below to watch!
Colombia - Mano Amiga Bello
Our Mano Amiga schools in Colombia change the lives of hundreds of children like Ana María. Click here to learn how your generosity has impacted not only this one student, but her whole family as well.
Mexico - Mano Amiga Morelia
Mano Amiga Morelia is giving hope to over 620 students in Michoacán, Mexico. Your generosity illuminates the minds of these students. They are able to thrive in school, and receive an education that will help them rise out of poverty. Read more here.
Mano Amiga Philippines
Mano Amiga Philippines is expanding onward and upward! Twice the number of students have been enrolled in the new building this school year, and even more minds are being illuminated thanks to the generosity of the Catholic World Mission family.
Mano Amiga Guatemala
Juan José attends Mano Amiga Guatemala where he receives holistic training to illuminate his mind and help his family break the cycle of poverty. Although he is just five years old, his family has already benefited from his education. Read more.
Mano Amiga El Salvador
A newly initiated nutrition program is helping alleviate the suffering of malnourished students in Mano Amiga El Salvador! They are learning how eating a well-rounded meal helps them grow, and remain healthy. Learn more about the program here.
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 40 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.

At Mano Amiga schools:

  • Students gain mastery of subjects and develop the communication, leadership and critical thinking skills they need to succeed 
  • Passionate and well-trained teachers deliver lessons using innovative techniques and engaging activities
  • Catholic values are integrated in every lesson & activity
  • Students have access to after-school support: mentoring, remediation, and counseling
  • Health and nutrition programs help ensure a child’s optimum performance in school
  • Field trips, sports activities, leadership programs, clubs and student enrichment activities are run by local volunteers 

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

Every year thousands of children are turned away from school because they cannot afford tuition. This is especially prominent in impoverished areas of Latin America, South America, and the Philippines. These children are stuck in the cycle of poverty that perpetuates from generation to generation. The only way to expand their opportunities is to receive an education.

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. For $67 per month, you can send a child to school for a year. 

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!

To read profiles of some of the students visit our profile page here.

Every year, Catholic World Mission raises funds to support the needs and resources of Mano Amiga schools. Currently given to over 38 schools in 9 different countries, donations are allocated for 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 giving to this yearly appeal, you contribute to progress and development towards life-long, sustainable changes in many lives. 

Read our Annual Fund Drive Appeal here.

Faith and the National Football League create opportunities for generous living

Linda Del Rio with Mano Amiga Students - November 2016In 2016, the Jack Del Rio Foundation and the National Football League (NFL) made generous contributions to Mano Amiga Mexico ahead of the Oakland Raiders game against the Houston Texans in Mexico City. In 2017, the Raiders will play the New England Patriots in Mexico City, and the Jack Del Rio Foundation, led by Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio and his wife, Linda, plan to make it an international celebration of generosity.

Jack Del Rio Foundation

The Jack Del Rio Foundation was founded in 2007 to give back to communities in need, especially underserved youth, to help face and overcome the challenges and adversity of life. Jack and Linda Del Rio have long been committed to making a difference in the world. The platform given to them by professional sports provides the perfect opportunity to make a big difference on a widespread scale.

Mano Amiga Schools

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 adress the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families in impoverished areas. 

Today, there are 40 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. Mano Amiga schools provide high-quality, values-based Catholic education. Thousands of students are rescued by Mano Amiga from what could be a life plagued by drugs, violence, and chronic poverty.

Pope Francis Initiates Sport at the Service of Humanity

In October 2016, the Vatican hosted the first ever Sport at the Service of Humanity conference, a gathering of representatives from different  Gina Chavez, Lauren Del Rio, and Linda Del Rio, and representatives from Mano Amiga and NFL Mexicocountries, sports, faiths, and academic disciplines, to discuss how faith and sports can come together to further human values. The Pontifical Council for Culture reports, "The conference looked at how faith and sport can leverage their combined power and influence to promote positive values, inspire youth and make contributions for the betterment of humanity."

In his address at the conference, Pope Francis said, "As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, she is working in the world of sport to bring the joy of the Gospel, the inclusive and unconditional love of God for all human beings."

Linda Del Rio attended this conference and was deeply inspired by it. She said, "After speaking with my fellow delegates, who all do amazing charitable work in the world of sport globablly and in Third World countries on a daily basis, I believe that this would be a fantastic opportunity to give something sustainable back to Mexico City within the world of sport."

Hearing from Linda Del Rio

We recently asked Linda Del Rio about the ways faith and giving back influence her life. Here's what she told us.

CWM:  How did you hear about Mano Amiga schools?

Linda Del Rio:  I met Father Daniel Hennessy, LC, and Father Mark Haydu, LC, over coffee in Rome while visiting my daughter, Aubrey, there. We started talking about the Raiders' schedule. I said, "I really want to give back globally because the NFL hasn't done that yet." Father Daniel and Father Mark told me about Mano Amiga and how amazing these schools are. I was on board from that conversation on.

CWM: What role does faith play in your life?

LDR:  It is the beginning, end, and middle of the night of my world. Faith is living wholeheartedly in knowing that 90% of what I do is up to God--I only control maybe 10%.

Linda Del Rio with Mano Amiga students in Mexico City - November 2016

CWM: What inspires you to live generously?

LDR: God's mercy, and the graces He gives, as well as the great opportunity to do many works, inspires me to say yes and give back, especially through the platform of sport.

CWM: Was there a defining moment or key experience that led you to give of yourself for the greater good?

LDR: As a young girl growing up in Southern Louisiana, I saw my parents help at the Newman Club at the local university each weekend. They were very involved in that ministry, and helped the college students connect, give back, and share their faith. At the time, I thought it was a very natural activity that all families did, but looking back I realize the effort and the many hours my parents spent involving me and my four siblings with the Newman Club, and all the generosity they shared with the students. I grew up in a lower middle class environment so now I realize there was great sacrifice and effort for my parents to show us an example of wholehearted living.

CWM: How does living generously impact the rest of your life?

LDR: I hope my children and future grandchildren see the works I am trying to accomplish and see worth and value in them.

CWM: Why should others give to philanthropic organizations (Catholic World Mission, Mano Amiga, and beyond)?

LDR: Giving back and making a difference is the value of your life. It is imperative to do.

CWM: How do you want your generosity to make a difference?

LDR: More than ever, it's important that we all focus on working together globally. One of the major goals is to educate our youth, leaders, parents, guardians, and businesses that this is a priority in the goal of world peace and harmony. A few years ago, Pope Francis organized Sport at the Service of Humanity. This was a great opportunity for many organizations and consultants in sport to cooperate and work together in a global setting. It was a great way to share ideas. We realized that we all have the same issues and goals: to make the world a kinder, better, more generous place to live and work.

Thank you, Linda Del Rio and Jack Del Rio Foundation!

We are deeply grateful to Linda Del Rio and the Jack Del Rio Foundation for their generosity and support of Mano Amiga schools in Mexico. Enjoy the photos below from last year's event at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City!

To learn more about the Jack Del Rio Foundation, visit www.jackdelriofoundation.org.

To learn more about Sport at the Service of Humanity, visit www.sportforhumanity.com.

To join this historic collaboration between the Jack Del Rio Foundation and Catholic World Mission, click the green button below to donate to the Mano Amiga Child Sponsorship Fund.

Give to Mano Amiga Child Sponsorship Fund Now!

 

Linda and Lauren Del Rio, Raiderettes, and NFL Mexico representatives present a $10,000 check to Mano Amiga representatives and students
Linda Del Rio speaks at Estadio Azteca - Mexico City
Gina Chavez of Mano Amiga hands Linda Del Rio the mic
Raiders Alumnus Lincoln Kennedy, with Mano Amiga students, representatives, and Raiderettes
Handing out backpacks and winter gear to students
Students receive lunch and soccer balls at last year's event
Linda Del Rio addresses reporters
Linda Del Rio speaks with a Raiders reporter at Estadio Azteca
Raider's Women's Association at Estadio Azteca

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 40 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.

At Mano Amiga schools:

  • Students gain mastery of subjects and develop the communication, leadership and critical thinking skills they need to succeed 
  • Passionate and well-trained teachers deliver lessons using innovative techniques and engaging activities
  • Catholic values are integrated in every lesson & activity
  • Students have access to after-school support: mentoring, remediation, and counseling
  • Health and nutrition programs help ensure a child’s optimum performance in school
  • Field trips, sports activities, leadership programs, clubs and student enrichment activities are run by local volunteers 

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

Every year thousands of children are turned away from school because they cannot afford tuition. This is especially prominent in impoverished areas of Latin America, South America, and the Philippines. These children are stuck in the cycle of poverty that perpetuates from generation to generation. The only way to expand their opportunities is to receive an education.

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. For $67 per month, you can send a child to school for a year. 

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!

To read profiles of some of the students visit our profile page here.

Every year, Catholic World Mission raises funds to support the needs and resources of Mano Amiga schools. Currently given to over 38 schools in 9 different countries, donations are allocated for 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 giving to this yearly appeal, you contribute to progress and development towards life-long, sustainable changes in many lives. 

Read our Annual Fund Drive Appeal here.

Faith and the National Football League create opportunities for generous living

Linda Del Rio with Mano Amiga Students - November 2016In 2016, the Jack Del Rio Foundation and the National Football League (NFL) made generous contributions to Mano Amiga Mexico ahead of the Oakland Raiders game against the Houston Texans in Mexico City. In 2017, the Raiders will play the New England Patriots in Mexico City, and the Jack Del Rio Foundation, led by Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio and his wife, Linda, plan to make it an international celebration of generosity.

Jack Del Rio Foundation

The Jack Del Rio Foundation was founded in 2007 to give back to communities in need, especially underserved youth, to help face and overcome the challenges and adversity of life. Jack and Linda Del Rio have long been committed to making a difference in the world. The platform given to them by professional sports provides the perfect opportunity to make a big difference on a widespread scale.

Mano Amiga Schools

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 adress the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families in impoverished areas. 

Today, there are 40 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. Mano Amiga schools provide high-quality, values-based Catholic education. Thousands of students are rescued by Mano Amiga from what could be a life plagued by drugs, violence, and chronic poverty.

Pope Francis Initiates Sport at the Service of Humanity

In October 2016, the Vatican hosted the first ever Sport at the Service of Humanity conference, a gathering of representatives from different  Gina Chavez, Lauren Del Rio, and Linda Del Rio, and representatives from Mano Amiga and NFL Mexicocountries, sports, faiths, and academic disciplines, to discuss how faith and sports can come together to further human values. The Pontifical Council for Culture reports, "The conference looked at how faith and sport can leverage their combined power and influence to promote positive values, inspire youth and make contributions for the betterment of humanity."

In his address at the conference, Pope Francis said, "As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, she is working in the world of sport to bring the joy of the Gospel, the inclusive and unconditional love of God for all human beings."

Linda Del Rio attended this conference and was deeply inspired by it. She said, "After speaking with my fellow delegates, who all do amazing charitable work in the world of sport globablly and in Third World countries on a daily basis, I believe that this would be a fantastic opportunity to give something sustainable back to Mexico City within the world of sport."

Hearing from Linda Del Rio

We recently asked Linda Del Rio about the ways faith and giving back influence her life. Here's what she told us.

CWM:  How did you hear about Mano Amiga schools?

Linda Del Rio:  I met Father Daniel Hennessy, LC, and Father Mark Haydu, LC, over coffee in Rome while visiting my daughter, Aubrey, there. We started talking about the Raiders' schedule. I said, "I really want to give back globally because the NFL hasn't done that yet." Father Daniel and Father Mark told me about Mano Amiga and how amazing these schools are. I was on board from that conversation on.

CWM: What role does faith play in your life?

LDR:  It is the beginning, end, and middle of the night of my world. Faith is living wholeheartedly in knowing that 90% of what I do is up to God--I only control maybe 10%.

Linda Del Rio with Mano Amiga students in Mexico City - November 2016

CWM: What inspires you to live generously?

LDR: God's mercy, and the graces He gives, as well as the great opportunity to do many works, inspires me to say yes and give back, especially through the platform of sport.

CWM: Was there a defining moment or key experience that led you to give of yourself for the greater good?

LDR: As a young girl growing up in Southern Louisiana, I saw my parents help at the Newman Club at the local university each weekend. They were very involved in that ministry, and helped the college students connect, give back, and share their faith. At the time, I thought it was a very natural activity that all families did, but looking back I realize the effort and the many hours my parents spent involving me and my four siblings with the Newman Club, and all the generosity they shared with the students. I grew up in a lower middle class environment so now I realize there was great sacrifice and effort for my parents to show us an example of wholehearted living.

CWM: How does living generously impact the rest of your life?

LDR: I hope my children and future grandchildren see the works I am trying to accomplish and see worth and value in them.

CWM: Why should others give to philanthropic organizations (Catholic World Mission, Mano Amiga, and beyond)?

LDR: Giving back and making a difference is the value of your life. It is imperative to do.

CWM: How do you want your generosity to make a difference?

LDR: More than ever, it's important that we all focus on working together globally. One of the major goals is to educate our youth, leaders, parents, guardians, and businesses that this is a priority in the goal of world peace and harmony. A few years ago, Pope Francis organized Sport at the Service of Humanity. This was a great opportunity for many organizations and consultants in sport to cooperate and work together in a global setting. It was a great way to share ideas. We realized that we all have the same issues and goals: to make the world a kinder, better, more generous place to live and work.

Thank you, Linda Del Rio and Jack Del Rio Foundation!

We are deeply grateful to Linda Del Rio and the Jack Del Rio Foundation for their generosity and support of Mano Amiga schools in Mexico. Enjoy the photos below from last year's event at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City!

To learn more about the Jack Del Rio Foundation, visit www.jackdelriofoundation.org.

To learn more about Sport at the Service of Humanity, visit www.sportforhumanity.com.

To join this historic collaboration between the Jack Del Rio Foundation and Catholic World Mission, click the green button below to donate to the Mano Amiga Child Sponsorship Fund.

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Linda and Lauren Del Rio, Raiderettes, and NFL Mexico representatives present a $10,000 check to Mano Amiga representatives and students
Linda Del Rio speaks at Estadio Azteca - Mexico City
Gina Chavez of Mano Amiga hands Linda Del Rio the mic
Raiders Alumnus Lincoln Kennedy, with Mano Amiga students, representatives, and Raiderettes
Handing out backpacks and winter gear to students
Students receive lunch and soccer balls at last year's event
Linda Del Rio addresses reporters
Linda Del Rio speaks with a Raiders reporter at Estadio Azteca
Raider's Women's Association at Estadio Azteca
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