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.

OUR COMMITMENT

MISSION

To develop the skills of families in need necessary for gainful employment, suitable housing, while providing accessible healthcare.

VISIÓN

For all families to provide for themselves and contribute to sustainable communities.

561

HOUSES

3000


ADULTS AND CHILDREN
ATTENDED ANNUALLY

1800

PACKAGES
FOODS
AWARDED ANNUALLY

4

WELLS
BUILT

History

2001-2003

  • Manos Amigas is born in El Salvador after the earthquakes of 2001.
  • In November of that year Manos Amigas is officially recognized as a nonprofit organization and begins helping the towns of Santa Lucia Los Palones in Panchimalco.
  • Manos Amigas begins creating local crafts with designs utilizing the Morro fruit by local artist, Negra (Margarita) Alvarez.
  • A group of local craftswomen is formed. This group will found the Manos Amigas Workshop.
  • Manos Amigas opens a medical clinic.
  • First visit to COSOCIAL, a nonprofit in Madrid, Spain that partners with Manos Amigas in building houses for those in need.

2003-2006

  • The local municipality of San Luis Talpa loans a lot in the town of Miraflores III, in the department of La Paz where Manos Amigas moves its workshop.
  • The housing project starts in Santa Lucia Los Palones, completing 160 homes.
  • With aid from a donor, Manos Amigas builds a new and improved workshop.
  • The workshop reopens, employing local women from the area.
  • In 2005, the clinic is relocated to Miraflores.

2006-2010

  • The workshop is expanded and industrial machinery is acquired to cut and treat the Morro and compressed wood.
  • 300 homes are built.
  • Due to the damage from tropical storms, COSOCIAL and ASI (Industrial association of El Salvador) partner with Manos Amigas to give provisions to affected people.
  • The Manos Amigas clinic partners with Santa Cristina, a local school, to offer primary medical services free of charge.

2010-2017

  • Manos Amigas opens a store in the El Salvador Intl. Airport.
  • Manos Amigas begins offering employment skills courses for those in need.
  • A water well opens for the community of Sueño Imposible, in the municipality of San Luis Talpa.
  • Mitigation work is done for landslides in the creeks by the Manos Amigas workshop.
  • Manos Amigas begins bringing doctors from New York for annual medical visits.
  • Manos Amigas repairs the septic tanks and bathrooms at Santa Cristina school in San Luis Talpa.
  • To date, 561 permanent houses have been built.

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