Around the world, children are striving to achieve their dreams in the most difficult conditions imaginable. Unfortunately, very few will succeed on their own as the obstacles of growing up in deep poverty are overwhelming. The Mano Amiga Program has become a beacon of hope for these children as they tackle the unfair circumstances that surround them.
Since 1963, Mano Amiga (“Helping Hands”) has been delivering high-quality Catholic educational environments to underprivileged students and families at 36 campuses in 7 countries throughout Latin America and the Philippines. These precious pupils have the opportunity to learn, receive daily meals, and realize that their lives matter.
Faith, Education, & a Future – these are the life-changing and lasting gifts you can share with a Mano Amiga student today.
Mano Amiga schools are a central part of our mission at Catholic World Mission as they bring about sustainable change in the lives of poverty-stricken students. Each Mano Amiga campus continues to be a prime example of persevering through difficult times including the ongoing pandemic.
Victor can continue his education during the pandemic thanks to generous donors who have given him the proper supplies to learn from home.
Isabella is a ray of sunshine at the Mano Amiga Bello campus, and her father works hard so she can stay at the school.
In Colombia, one out of four parents and caregivers of Mano Amiga students at the Bello location have lost their jobs. The situation is even worse at the Zipaquira school. Rural areas in Colombia are historically affected by high unemployment and scarce opportunities. Both campuses have been hit-hard by job losses, food shortages, suspension of agricultural production, and limited access to vital medical services.
The students at the Colombian Mano Amiga schools are rays of light that shine throughout the darkness. Fourth-grade student, Isabella, radiates joy everywhere she goes on the Bello campus. Every day she goes to the main office at the school to greet the staff with big smiles and hugs; she is truly grateful to be at this school. Isabella lives with her father, Faber, since her mother cannot care for nor support her. Mano Amiga is one of her favorite places in the world, and she and Faber are grateful that she has a safe and stable place to learn and grow.
In El Salvador, the Mano Amiga San Salvador school has 414 students and 17 teachers. The school has educational laboratories, sports facilities, a recreation area, and spacious classrooms. Mano Amiga San Salvador provides extracurricular activities, medical services, English classes, and other services rarely found in public schools.
Students and families can also receive the Sacraments weekly and get to participate in a fully functioning church community. Father Miguel Cavalle Puig L.C., who leads the Mano Amiga program in El Salvador, is thankful for donors. Without your help these children might end up on the streets, begging and surrounded by crime and violence.
“We started without money, without experience, almost without knowing what we would do exactly but with the firm decision to change things and overcome indifference…All together we are demonstrating the strength of charity.” Fr. Miguel Cavalle Puig L.C., Mano Amiga El Salvador
For $400 you can give one of these amazing students a full semester at a Mano Amiga school. Are you able to change a child’s life?
The Mano Amiga El Salvador location has overcome many obstacles and has brought forth an excellent environment for learning thanks to generous donors.
The students at the San Salvador location have the privilege of attending Mass every week.
In the Philippines, 4 million children have been unable to enroll in school due to the pandemic which has created the biggest educational emergency in the country’s history. To combat these unsettling numbers, the Paranaque Campus has been providing resources to students such as computers and internet connectivity, mental health and counseling services, and emergency relief for students and their families. Without your continued support, students like Nico and Iya may not have the opportunity to continue their path out of poverty.
Ten-year-old Nico, a student at Mano Amiga Philippines, wants to be an engineer and build special shelters for the homeless. Nico is an active member of the STEM Club at Mano Amiga. Unfortunately, Nico’s father lost his job due to the pandemic making it difficult for Nico to continue his education.
Eight-year-old Iya has a knack for communication and dreams of being a newscaster one day. Like Nico, Iya’s family is struggling since her father’s employer shut down.
Are you able to support a Mano Amiga student for an entire year for $800?
The future of Mano Amiga students like Isabella, Iya, and Nico depend on your generosity.
Can you help them continue their education with a scholarship today?
Nico is on his way to making the world a better place.
Iya has big dreams and needs your help with achieving them.