We cannot do this work alone.
Wherever we go, we seek out the networks of people who are already having a positive impact in the community. Partnering with local organizations and individuals multiplies our
The Comprehensive Health Project directly serves more than 2,200 community members in Villa Guadalupe, Nicaragua through nutrition interventions, family planning, reproductive health services, and preventative health education for children, youth, women and men. Project objectives include:
- Increased nutrition for 50 at-risk children under 5 identified as clinically malnourished, as well as expectant mothers, typically adolescents between the ages of 14 - 17, who have high-risk pregnancies.
- Access to family planning, reproductive and prenatal health services for 900 community members.
- Increased health through medical interventions, preventative health and sanitation education for 2,200 community members.
Since 2007, Austin Samaritans and Manna Project have partnered in Nicaragua to provide healthcare to the community of La Chureca, a community built on the outskirts of the largest open-air landfill in Central America. The primary income for residents of this community was from scavenging through the trash for recyclables. In 2013, the dump was closed and families were relocated to a new housing development called Villa Guadalupe, where we continue to serve this community through the operation of a health clinic. We currently provide medical care in a small rented space, but have purchased land and will soon be building a new and larger facility to be able to provide speciality services and further met the needs of the community.
Camino Nuevo is a line of handcrafted jewelry produced by a women's cooperative comprised of former residents of Nicaragua's municipal dump, La Chureca. Manna Project works with the cooperative to help this group of women earn a more sustainable living. In addition to economic stability, the cooperative also provides its members with many educational and leadership opportunities. The women not only handcraft the jewelry, but also participate in sales efforts, weekly capacity-building classes, and cooperative-governance. Since gaining full legal recognition in June 2013, the cooperative has grown to include a total of 28 women.
The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation (DHR) awarded Manna Project International (MPI) an $8,000 grant to purchase the El Farito Community Center, provide supplies to facilitate creative learning opportunities for 200 underserved children, and equip a primary healthcare clinic to meet the unique health and nutritional needs of children in Cedro Galán, Nicaragua. Previously the DHR Foundation also awarded Manna Project funding to expand our children's summer camp in Guatemala. Partnership with the DHR Foundation allows MPI to meet the ongoing health and educational needs of children and families in these communities.
The Education Global Access Program (E-Gap) is partnering with Manna Project International in Ecuador to implement courses in the community of Rumiloma. This pilot program is to benefit at-risk youth in the community. Students enrolled in the course learn computation and skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, and navigating the internet, all in the context of creating a mock small business. The curriculum, developed by E-Gap in 2014, relies on a series of web-quests which emphasize research, higher-order thinking, independent initiative, and teamwork. Students build confidence and learn the skills they need to succeed in business. At the completion of the course they enter into a 100-hour internship at a local business so they can apply their skills in a real-world setting, build their resumes, and establish connections with business owners so that they are better positioned to secure future employment in the formal market.
Lacrosse the Nations (LtN) unifies the lacrosse community to sustainably improve education and health while creating joy and opportunity for children in need. In partnership with Manna Project, Lacrosse the Nations uses the sports field as a platform to teach students valuable life skills and health education, while ultimately bringing joy to their lives.
Since 2013, The SG Foundation and MPI have worked together to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for an estimated 3,260 Nicaraguans through The Health, Education and Livelihoods (HEAL) Project. The HEAL Project helps families and individuals to improve their situations in the midst of impoverished conditions. Together, we are responding to root problems that contribute to poverty – a lack of health care, insufficient education, and few opportunities to earn a wage equal to the cost of living.
USF Health and Manna Project are collaborating directly with the Cedro Galán community to improve overall health and well-being through access to the Cedro Health Clinic. Our partnership creates an incredible opportunity for synergy and mission achievement for both organizations while directly benefitting the community. By participating in the project, USF Health will be able to employ a multidisciplinary approach to health challenges while addressing health disparities internationally. The partnership will also serve as an avenue through which students and faculty from multiple colleges at USF can collaborate and channel their knowledge, expertise, and passion to address the root problems affecting the community’s overall health.
Walmart is working to strategically improve health and reduce poverty in the community of Villa Guadalupe. In 2014, the COOSMECH women's jewelry cooperative received its third award from Walmart Mexico & Central America - a two-year, $71,000 grant to support the women's jewelry line, Camino Nuevo. The grant supports the expansion of the cooperative and community-wide health, with many goals including:
- Increasing membership in the cooperative
- Providing more business training for all the women
- Improving health and nutrition across the community
- Continuing the matching savings program
- Widening market reach and increasing revenue by adding new clients in new markets
As a result of this partnership with Walmart, the co-op is now operating independently.
- Colegio Fajardo
- Colegio Chaupitena
- Cooperativa Esperanza y Progreso del Valle
- Fundación Antorcha de Vida
- Gotitas del Saber
- Hogar de la Madre Soltera
- Patronato de Municipo Rumñahui
- Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE)
- UN Peacekeepers
- Alongside Ministries
- Colegio Chiquilistigua
- Colegio Pedro Davila
- Escuela Esperanza
- Juntos Contigo
- Ministerio de Salud
- Universidad de Managua (UdeM)