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Mano Amiga Philippines

Population: 100,998,376
Percent Below Poverty Line: 25.2%

The Mano Amiga community in the Philippines prides itself on the school's holistic approach to learning. Combining the imperatives of a developmentally appropriate learning environment, solid curriculum, a strong spiritual formation program and extra-curricular activities, the school has seen great success in educating impoverished children, many from the urban slums of Manila.

Mano Amiga Philippines

Mano Amiga Students

Students: 100
Founded: 2008
Location: Taguig, Philippines

Founded in 2008, Mano Amiga Taguig can attribute its creation to the success of another one of our schools halfway across the globe. In her early twenties, Filipina native Lynn Pinugu spent time as an international youth volunteer at Mano Amiga Guanajuato in Mexico. Impressed by not only the quality of the school but also the “students’ self-confidence, good communication skills and enthusiastic participation,” Pinugu pushed for a location in the Philippines. Through the aid of Catholic World Mission, the number of enrolled students has more than tripled from its initial 60 during the school’s starter year.

Mano Amiga Philippines Student

At Mano Amiga Philippines:

  • 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 each child’s optimum performance in school
  • Field trips, sports activities, leadership programs, clubs and student enrichment activities are run by local volunteers. 

Philippines Students Mano Amiga Philippines Mano Amiga Philippines Students in Class

 

 Mano Amiga Philippines on New Classroom site

  • Classroom Resources and Facilities: Age-appropriate furniture and resources that promote experiential learning in core subjects will be purchased for the children's 2015-16 school year.
  • Assistance for 26 Third Graders: This group of students is in need of text books, school supplies, classroom materials and uniforms which will be supplied for their upcoming year.
  • Nutrition Program: Students who are in need of nutritional support will be served additional meals at school.
  • Enrichment Activities: Students will have the benefit of participating in activities outside of school to gain real-world experiences along with their classroom education. 
  • Parenting Skills and Formation: A key element to the success of the Mano Amiga schools is family and parenting support. Funds will provide parents with seminars on life skills, financial management and spiritual formation.

Deacon Rick pictured with Mano Amiga Philippines Students - PhilippinesMay 2016

Earlier this year Mano Amiga Philippines broke ground on their new site! Their school is going from a three room house for 95 students where they currently take turns attending class between morning and afternoon shifts to a dedicated building where all the children can attend school at once! When Deacon Rick, Executive Director of Catholic World Mission, visited Mano Amiga Philippines this year he saw how happy the children are at their school! 

"I’m excited for my son, John Christian, as he joins the move of Mano Amiga from FTI, Taguig to Betterliving, Paranaque. He and his friends at school will have a different and better environment where they can actively learn through their access to world-class facilities." – Mary Jane Gorgonio, Mano Amiga Parent for 5 Years

Deacon Rick Medina meets students from Mano Amiga - Philippines   Construction of Mano Amiga Philippines in May 2016 - Philippines

The new permanent campus will enable Mano Amiga Philippines Academy to accommodate between 800 – 1200 students at once! The school year begins in August 2016, and Mano Amiga is in the process of acquiring tiles, pipping, windows, doors, and other materials needed to finish the building. The facility is three stories high, and students are already lining up to take a seat in the new building. Mano Amiga Philippine’s long-term goal is to build a library with a technology-enabled classroom to enhance the student’s learning.

See photos of the current Mano Amiga school, and construction of the future school below:

Mano Amiga Philippines new students!

This August, Mano Amiga Philippines opened their campus to double the number of students they had enrolled in the 2015 school year! This huge leap is thanks to the generosity of so many donors who have made it possible for Mano Amiga Academy to expand and move into a new building! This new building now has nine classrooms and 171 students who are eager to learn. Partners also enabled Mano Amiga Philippines’ students to swap their heavy textbooks for e-tablets, a change that is more cost-efficient long-term, and will create an engaging learning experience that fosters responsible digital citizenship among the students.

Mano Amiga Philippines was also granted a five-year Non-Government Organization certification by the Philippines Council for NGO Certification! Meaning they can better serve the community by maintaining their nonprofit certification.

Mano Amiga principal, Revelyn Tria-Siasoyco, shares, “To develop life-long learners, students need to associate learning with both fun and hard work. We take pride in giving our students an exciting and enriching learning experience.” (philstar.com, 21 November 2016) The students at Mano Amiga Philippines come from extremely impoverished families. Without the generosity of donors and the Catholic World Mission family none of this would be possible.

Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students praying in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig's teacher orientation - Philippines

Give NowOne in every eight Filipino youth is not in school. That means thousands of God’s children need to be rescued from a hopeless life plagued by hunger, sickness, and chronic poverty. We know that a good Catholic education will literally save lives. Every gift matters and is a great blessing. Smaller gifts add up quickly and will help with construction materials, books, and other classroom needs. Please be as generous as you can. Your compassionate response right now will be an answer to a prayer and allow us to bring Christ’s hope to the least among us.

In addition, Mano Amiga Philippines has begun the construction of a dedicated school building. This new facility will house between 800 - 1200 students - a big leap from their current capacity of 95 students! This three-story building will allow all the students to attend school full time, rather than in the shifts they currently take. However, the school is in great need of building supplies such as tiles, piping, windows, doors, and more in order to be safe for the students.  These students are so excited to get into their new building and continue their learning - can you help them get there faster? Your generous gift today will enable students for lifetimes to receive a quality, Catholic education.

Mano Amiga Philippines Student

Mano Amiga Students

Students: 100
Founded: 2008
Location: Taguig, Philippines

Founded in 2008, Mano Amiga Taguig can attribute its creation to the success of another one of our schools halfway across the globe. In her early twenties, Filipina native Lynn Pinugu spent time as an international youth volunteer at Mano Amiga Guanajuato in Mexico. Impressed by not only the quality of the school but also the “students’ self-confidence, good communication skills and enthusiastic participation,” Pinugu pushed for a location in the Philippines. Through the aid of Catholic World Mission, the number of enrolled students has more than tripled from its initial 60 during the school’s starter year.

Mano Amiga Philippines Student

At Mano Amiga Philippines:

  • 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 each child’s optimum performance in school
  • Field trips, sports activities, leadership programs, clubs and student enrichment activities are run by local volunteers. 

Philippines Students Mano Amiga Philippines Mano Amiga Philippines Students in Class

 

 Mano Amiga Philippines on New Classroom site

  • Classroom Resources and Facilities: Age-appropriate furniture and resources that promote experiential learning in core subjects will be purchased for the children's 2015-16 school year.
  • Assistance for 26 Third Graders: This group of students is in need of text books, school supplies, classroom materials and uniforms which will be supplied for their upcoming year.
  • Nutrition Program: Students who are in need of nutritional support will be served additional meals at school.
  • Enrichment Activities: Students will have the benefit of participating in activities outside of school to gain real-world experiences along with their classroom education. 
  • Parenting Skills and Formation: A key element to the success of the Mano Amiga schools is family and parenting support. Funds will provide parents with seminars on life skills, financial management and spiritual formation.

Deacon Rick pictured with Mano Amiga Philippines Students - PhilippinesMay 2016

Earlier this year Mano Amiga Philippines broke ground on their new site! Their school is going from a three room house for 95 students where they currently take turns attending class between morning and afternoon shifts to a dedicated building where all the children can attend school at once! When Deacon Rick, Executive Director of Catholic World Mission, visited Mano Amiga Philippines this year he saw how happy the children are at their school! 

"I’m excited for my son, John Christian, as he joins the move of Mano Amiga from FTI, Taguig to Betterliving, Paranaque. He and his friends at school will have a different and better environment where they can actively learn through their access to world-class facilities." – Mary Jane Gorgonio, Mano Amiga Parent for 5 Years

Deacon Rick Medina meets students from Mano Amiga - Philippines   Construction of Mano Amiga Philippines in May 2016 - Philippines

The new permanent campus will enable Mano Amiga Philippines Academy to accommodate between 800 – 1200 students at once! The school year begins in August 2016, and Mano Amiga is in the process of acquiring tiles, pipping, windows, doors, and other materials needed to finish the building. The facility is three stories high, and students are already lining up to take a seat in the new building. Mano Amiga Philippine’s long-term goal is to build a library with a technology-enabled classroom to enhance the student’s learning.

See photos of the current Mano Amiga school, and construction of the future school below:

Mano Amiga Philippines new students!

This August, Mano Amiga Philippines opened their campus to double the number of students they had enrolled in the 2015 school year! This huge leap is thanks to the generosity of so many donors who have made it possible for Mano Amiga Academy to expand and move into a new building! This new building now has nine classrooms and 171 students who are eager to learn. Partners also enabled Mano Amiga Philippines’ students to swap their heavy textbooks for e-tablets, a change that is more cost-efficient long-term, and will create an engaging learning experience that fosters responsible digital citizenship among the students.

Mano Amiga Philippines was also granted a five-year Non-Government Organization certification by the Philippines Council for NGO Certification! Meaning they can better serve the community by maintaining their nonprofit certification.

Mano Amiga principal, Revelyn Tria-Siasoyco, shares, “To develop life-long learners, students need to associate learning with both fun and hard work. We take pride in giving our students an exciting and enriching learning experience.” (philstar.com, 21 November 2016) The students at Mano Amiga Philippines come from extremely impoverished families. Without the generosity of donors and the Catholic World Mission family none of this would be possible.

Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students praying in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig students in their new school - Philippines
Mano Amiga Taguig's teacher orientation - Philippines

Give NowOne in every eight Filipino youth is not in school. That means thousands of God’s children need to be rescued from a hopeless life plagued by hunger, sickness, and chronic poverty. We know that a good Catholic education will literally save lives. Every gift matters and is a great blessing. Smaller gifts add up quickly and will help with construction materials, books, and other classroom needs. Please be as generous as you can. Your compassionate response right now will be an answer to a prayer and allow us to bring Christ’s hope to the least among us.

In addition, Mano Amiga Philippines has begun the construction of a dedicated school building. This new facility will house between 800 - 1200 students - a big leap from their current capacity of 95 students! This three-story building will allow all the students to attend school full time, rather than in the shifts they currently take. However, the school is in great need of building supplies such as tiles, piping, windows, doors, and more in order to be safe for the students.  These students are so excited to get into their new building and continue their learning - can you help them get there faster? Your generous gift today will enable students for lifetimes to receive a quality, Catholic education.

Mano Amiga Philippines Student

Meet the Mano Amiga Family

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Student Profile:  Mark Piolo