The goal is simple but profound:
In any tourist destination, whether it’s the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, the Vatican in Rome, or the beachy paradise of Mexico and the Caribbean, beneath the veneer of smiles and sunshine, there is a gritty underside that many tourists never see: poverty.
While tourism can contribute to development and help a community escape poverty, there is often a trend in tourist hotspots. Mere blocks away from the sandy beaches, resorts, and hotels, the surrounding community lives in deep poverty.
But Mano Amiga Cancun provides a safe place for local children to learn, grow, and thrive. Meet three of these amazing students:
Dulce, 7, is a sweet and spunky little girl. She loves unicorns and wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Her favorite subject is Spanish.
Samuel, 9, has big dreams: he wants to be the President of Mexico when he grows up. His parents work as a maid and gardener, respectively. He’s gone to school at Mano Amiga since Kindergarten, and he considers school to be his second home.
Marian, 6, loves math, music, and playing sports. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher so that more children can learn and have the same opportunities Mano Amiga has given her.