Mano Amiga was founded in 1963 in Mexico to bring high quality Catholic education to children from low-income families.
CWM is proud to support 37 Mano Amiga campuses in 8 countries throughout Latin America and the Philippines. Thanks to you, more than 22,000 children have been educated at a Mano Amiga school. 22,000 children who would have never had the chance to go to school otherwise. 22,000 children who will grow up to give back to their communities as doctors, teachers, and loving parents, all because you made it possible for them to get a high quality, life-changing Catholic education at a Mano Amiga school!
Mano Amiga schooling is much more than education, it is a system for radically transforming the life of a child in poverty. Mano Amiga education is also comparable to high quality private school education. It not only prepares its students academically, but also offers accessory programs to help the family, such as basic health services, and job placement. A very important mission of the school is the spiritual accompaniment of the students and their families. Students receive a Catholic to the core formation. The school prepares students to receive their first communion, to bring baptism to Catholic students who are not baptized, and organizes penitential days for the entire community.
Education is one of the core services we provide to communities in need. Thanks to the generosity of friends like you, we support Mano Amiga Schools in the following countries:
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Meet some of the people whose lives you’ve changed through Mano Amiga:
My name is Alejandro. I´m 16 years old and a senior high school student at Mano Amiga Bello School. I live with my parents in a house very close to my school. I have an older brother studying to become a deacon at the Legionaries of Christ vocational center at Rio Negro.
Thanks to my mother, who works every day as a volunteer at the school canteen, I can access two meals, breakfast and lunch. She works very hard to have an income and makes gift boxes that she sells at crafts markets at Bello.
My father works as a welder, and he is the one who is responsible for the household and education expenses.
I like every space at Mano Amiga, and the school became my favorite place because I can share with schoolmates, talk with other people and forget, for a moment, the difficulties at home.
I´m grateful to my school because I have the opportunity to learn and explore my potential through didactic tools and activities, even though I have some learning problems. Teachers help me to overcome these problems and advance in my process.
I like the art class because I can express many feelings through art. I´m a person with difficulties communicating and controlling my emotions, so I constantly look to make activities to allow me to be calm.
I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and playing basketball. I´m currently participating in virtual classes on pastry, I have already learned many recipes, and I hope I can be a great chef in the future.
My name is Joseph. I’m 15 years old and a high school student at Mano Amiga Bello School. I live with my mother and sometimes my older brother, who is 22 years old, comes with us.
My mother cares for our neighbors’ children in our house to have some income because she is responsible for all our household expenses. Even though she is a hard-working woman.
I love spending time with my friends and schoolmates at my school, and many sports and ludic activities make me happy.
During my free time, I like to play football, do exercise and read.
My dream is to become a medical examiner, to change my life and my mother’s life. I want to buy a house, so my mother will not worry about paying the rent. I want to offer us a different life and enjoy many things we have not had the opportunity to do.
My favorite subject is Chemistry, the teacher teaches exciting topics, and it becomes better when we do activities in the laboratory. I like the English class and find it very interesting, but sometimes it isn’t easy for me; soon, I expect to take additional courses.
I’m an autonomous and persevering adolescent; nevertheless, I usually look for spaces that help me control the anxiety caused by challenging situations around me.
My name is Juan Esteban. I´m a seven years old student from 2nd grade from Mano Amiga Bello. I live with my parents in a neighborhood close to the school. My mother prepares fruit pulp daily and sells it to local corner shops, and my father works at a mechanical workshop. Every night he arrives late because he helps my mom with deliveries she can´t make.
I love to play with my friends and go to church in my free time. When I grow up, I will be a Minister to guide people to God because I´m a Christian boy, and I want everyone could meet God.
I want to be an architect too, and build a house for my mother, but a big one where she can be happy; that´s my dream.
Of Mano Amiga, I love the green spaces and all the plants we can find. I like math and natural sciences classes because we learn many good topics, like how to care for nature and animals. This year I´m learning addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
In Spanish class, my performance is not good. I like Spanish the subject the least because we must write and read extended books.
The person I love the most is my mother; she is very affectionate, helps me, and is the best mom in the entire world.
My name is Sebastian. I´m 13 years old and in eighth grade at Mano Amiga Bello school.
I live with my parents and my two sisters. My mother is very affectionate and is always caring for everyone at home. My father works as a salesman at a clothing manufacturing company and is a responsible man.
My biggest dream is to help my family and provide for them through sports; I participate in a soccer school at Mano Amiga facilities on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
My favorite subject is social science because I find history and ancient cultures exciting. The subject that I like the least is Biology because, for me, it is difficult to understand it.
At my school, I like the court and the way teachers make classes, and I particularly admire Mr. Walfran, the school principal, because he is educated and polite.
My grandmother is the person I love most because she always demonstrates love and affection.
My name is Sofía. I´m 7 years old, I´m at second grade at Mano Amiga Bello school. I live with my parents. My mother sells catalog products to help with our household expenses, but at the same time, she can take me to school and care for me. She is affectionate and cooks terrific; she prepares the best mushroom sauce.
My father is calm and patient and loves me very much. He works at a local supermarket where he peels potatoes and fruits and carries bags.
At Mano Amiga school I like green spaces very much because it calms me down, also I love to spend time with my schoolmates because it makes me happy.
During my free time, I like to practice writing in italics, listen to music and go out with my parents.
The best class and the one that I like most is English because I understand and already know how to spell many words in English.
My Spanish performance is not good because it is difficult for me to write in italics, but I´m doing my best to improve. My mother feels happy because the improved writing in italics allowed me to keep updated on my homework.
The only thing that makes me sad is to think that I´m not going to see my grandparent again because he died a couple of months ago.
My dream is to become a nurse to help people that need it.
Hello, my name Cristobal Daniel Aparicio Baires. I live with my parents and 1 sibling. I am 10 years old. Currently, I am in 5th Grade. My favorite subject is Art, and I like to play soccer. At home, I help clean the house. When I grow up, I want to be a Mechanic.
Hello, my name Genesis Judith Lopez Carranza. I live with my parents and 5 siblings. I am 10 years old. Currently, I am in 5th Grade. My favorite subject is Science, and I like to watch TV. At home, I help my mom clean. When I grow up, I want to be a Psychologist.
Hello, my name Fernando Jose Cruz Lima. I live with my mother, grandmother and 2 siblings. I am 12 years old. Currently, I am in 6th Grade. My favorite subject is Math, and I like to play hide and seek. At home, I help washing dishes. When I grow up, I want to be a Doctor.
Hello, my name Ashley Nahomy Lopez Mendoza. I live with my mother and 1 sibling. I am 11 years old. Currently, I am in 5th Grade. My favorite subject is Art, and I love jumping the rope. At home, I help my mom clean. When I grow up, I want to be a Professional Dancer.
Juan Carlos Gonzales
Hello, my name Juan Carlos Gonzales Escobar. I live with my parents. I am 11 years old. Currently, I am in 5th Grade. My favorite subject is Math, and I like to play soccer. At home, I help my mom clean. When I grow up, I want to be a Policeman.
Elisabet Areli Lucas
Hello; My name is Elisabet Areli Lucas Osoy.
I am 7 years old. Currently, I am studying First grade. One of my favorite things to do is singing. When, I grow up I want to be a stylist.
Edwin R. Orellana
Hello; My name is Edwin Rodrigo Orellana Hernandez. I am 7 years old. Currently, I am studying first grade, One of my favorite things to do is playing football. When I grow up, I want to be a Doctor.
Darlyn A. Gomez
Hello; My name is Darlyn Anahi Gomez Lino.
I am 6 years old. Currently, I am studying Kindergarten. One of my favorite things to do is play with my dolls. When I grow up, I want to be a Secretary.
Jean C. Revolorio
Hello; My name is Jean Carlos Simon Alejandro Revolorio Higueros. I am 7 years old. Currently, I am studying first grade. One of my favorite things to do is playing football. When I grow up,
I want to be a Firefighter.