About Manos Amigas

OUR ESSENCE

We believe in improving living conditions for underprivileged and vulnerable families in El Salvador through the implementation of socially oriented self-reliance programs that offer the tools necessary for both families and communities to flourish. These families possess a desire and drive for work, self-reliance, and success.

Our greatest satisfaction is planting the seeds of hope and empowerment into the hearts of each person we encounter.

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Houses

3000

ADULTS AND CHILDREN SERVED ANNUALLY IN CLINIC

1800

FOOD PACKAGES delivered annually to pre-school children

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BUILT WELLS

Social Programs

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GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

We believe that gainful employment not only dignifies but uplifts.

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ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE

Health and nutrition are essential to proper human growth and development.

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SUITABLE HOUSING

By providing suitable housing, we turn houses into homes and strengthen family bonds.

Interrelating our projects with
the community

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    SOCIAL PROGRAMS THAT WORK

    98% of the personnel at Manos Amigas are women who serve as the sole provider for their families.

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    ACCESS TO SUITABLE HOUSING

    Our housing projects improve the living conditions of the people of San Pedro Masahuat, offering them a place to live, the ability to rest, and most importantly, the opportunity for families to grow and prosper in the warmth of a place they can call home.

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    ACCESS TO HEALTH AND NUTRITION

    It is a priority that the communities we serve have consistent access to medications and dietary supplements needed to avoid malnutrition and disease.

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    EDUCATION

    Through educational and nutritional talks given by our medical team and workshop personnel, Manos Amigas instills the desire for personal growth and success that comes from education and work.

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    ACCESS TO POTABLE WATER

    Through water excavations we have provided the schools of Santa Cristina, Miraflores III, and their surrounding communities with potable water.

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    MIGRATION PREVENTION

    By nature, human beings search for happiness and well-being. People migrate when access to the things that create safe and secure living conditions becomes impossible in their home country. At Manos Amigas we strive to create an environment where people have access to all their basic needs by empowering them with the skills and resources necessary to thrive in their own country.

Proceso productivo

The fruit from the Morro tree is our essential raw material, since its external shell is of wooden texture. The internal part of the fruit is utilized as food for cattle, as well as for local drinks like Horchata. The Morro tree is about 8 meters tall and its fruit, the Morro, is about 7 to 10 cm in diameter.

The Morro tree is found in warm climates. It grows along the coastal regions of El Salvador in great quantities, however it also grows in other areas of the country. The fruit is collected and then sold to Manos Amigas.

Templates are made for the various designs to be drawn on the Morro, according to each product.

Each piece is cut using an industrial sander.

The individual pieces are then sealed and color is applied.

Throughout this process, the natural wood is shaped to conform to the final product.

Each piece is sealed and a coat of paint is applied according to each design. After being painted it is then assembled with the wooden piece that compliments it.

Parallel to the process done on the morro fruit, work is done on the natural wood to give it texture and form.

The worked wood moves to the paint room followed by the dry room, where they are dried using infrared lights.

Once both processes are finished, both the fruit and wood pass to the assembly area. Here they are assembled and packaged along with any other parts necessary to the design.

Testimonials

Our Donors

Special thanks to our private donors
for his unconditional support