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 help 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, or “Helping Hand” 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 assist 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.
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.
2003 Fátima, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2003 Santa María, Argentina
2006 Sao Paulo, Brazil
1989 Recoleta, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2002 Región V, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2002 Santa Teresa de los Andes, Santiago de Chile, Chile
1997 Bello, Antioquía, Colombia
2011 Zipaquira, Colombia
2002 San Antonio, El Salvador
2003 San Antonio, La Paz, El Salvador
2006 Cristo Rey Piedra Parada, Guatemala
2008 Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala
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
2008 Taguig, Phillippines
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.