Thursday, April 10, 2014



Help Manos Unidas launch, Phawarispa, the FIRST and ONLY WORK TRAINING PROGRAM for YOUNG ADULTS with SPECIAL NEEDS in Cusco, Peru.

We have the students. We have the experience and knowledge. We have the building.

 Now we NEED YOUR HELP to FURNISH IT! 

 The Children of Peru Foundation and other Anonymous Donors in Memory of Dr. Cynthia Carolina Caceres Baker, have each offered a match for this campaign of up to $15,000! We have until May 15 to raise $15,000 and I know with the help of all our supporters we can reach our goal.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Children of Peru Campaign Kickoff April 1

FOR ALL OUR DONORS WAITING FOR THE CAMPAIGN KICKOFF, JUST GIVE US A COUPLE MORE DAYS, WE ARE WAITING ON THE AWESOME VIDEO  TO LAUNCH
THANKS! 

Our Annual Children of Peru Matching Campaign Kicks off April 1! The Children of Peru Foundation, our first and largest foundation grantor, will be offering their annual matching campaign. For the 3rd year in a row they will start the challenge: what we fundraise online between April 1 -30 and they will match  up to $15,000!

This year is Epic! MU will be launching its second major project, "Phawarispa," a Transition program for teens and Vocational Training program for Young Adults up to 25 years old. The program will launch in April with the backing of the Ch of Peru Foundation and our own capital campaign will launch April 1. We need the help of many supporters to reach our goal this year, but I know it can be done. Stay tuned!

Alma Foundation Grant for Inclusion Program


Manos Unidas extends its appreciation for the continuation of the Alma Childrens Foundation Grant for our Inclusive Education project for 2014. Their grant of $12,000 has allowed us to include 23 students within 5 regular education public schools accompanied full time by 5 Manos Unidas teachers as well as implement a community awareness program. The project is innovative in the region of Cusco and gaining public and government attention. Thanks Alma for your continued support!

Student Sponsors


Sponsor a Student for the year
It costs an average of $170 a month to educate a student at Manos Unidas and most families pay less than half of that cost. 24% of students are on our scholarship program and several students even receive a free education.

We are looking for 10 new student sponsors this year and are offering 3 giving levels. For as little as $25 a month you could give the gift of education and receive 3 updates a year on the student you sponsor. Would you like to subscribe to be a student sponsor? Subscribe Here

Welcome 2014 School Year!



BIENVENIDOS! WELCOME!
Welcome 2014 school year! 48 kids started school yesterday within their respective programs. We continue to interview the many more families waiting at the door for registration and will accept students until we are full. Our maximum capacity is 55 students under 12 years old this year which will be made possible by our power-house team of 24 professionals!

Watch out for your teen and young adult program launch on April 1, the first of its kind in Cusco and the second major project for Manos Unidas after Camino Nuevo. Coming soon!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Now Accepting Volunteers for 2014

 
LIVE  in Peru        
      GIVE knowledge       
           LEARN from a culture

Volunteer with Manos Unidas
Cusco, Peru

Be a part of groundbreaking work for children and young adults with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other intellectual differences.
 
SEEKING:
Students, recent graduates and professionals in the following fields: Speech, Psychology, PT, OT, ABA, Special Education, Inclusive Education, Vocational Rehab, Non-Profit Management, Spanish or other related fields.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE:
Apply your skills in a whole new way within one of our 4 programs. Additional opportunities available in orphanages, rural communities, home visits, family workshops, and specialized teacher training

DURATION:
1 month-3 months
March – November, 2014

REQUIREMENTS:

·         Beginning Level of Spanish – moderate to advanced levels preferred

·         Willingness to learn and exchange information with an open mind

 AFFORDABLE PROGRAM PRICES
Includes room and board with a Peruvian family and much more!

Read more about the Manos Unidas Volunteer Program here: www.manosunidasperu.net/volunteer

Contact us:   manosunidasintl@gmail.com                            www.manosunidasperu.net

We can skype, chat or email to answer all your questions.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

6 Reasons to Celebrate 2013!

Looking back on 2013, the year had many challenges, change and glory – both for me personally and the school. But I want to celebrate the journey, and prepare for another amazing year!

Today we Celebrate:
    1) The 5 Manos Unidas families who now live with hope and not despair because of their special child (approx. 330 mothers, fathers, siblings and relatives). More than 180 children to date have benefitted from our services since 2007.

    2) The 3 public schools who have opened their doors to include of our students. This year we included 15 students. More than 300 regular school children, teachers and parents have benefitted from our Inclusion Program.

    3) The 21 powerful women and 1 man who work as teachers, assistants, therapists and administrators as bold community leaders, taking on the daily challenges of our students and helping them achieve goals that no one thought was possible.

    4) The 210 donors and 3 foundations who helped us meet our budget of US $114,000. Special thanks to the $1500 challenge contestants Jen Patterson, Claire Ibell, Kelly Miura, Sarah Oberle, Laura Boyer, Greg Schmidt and Donna Hernandez who raised a total of: $5561.00. Warm thanks to Intermountain Vocational services and Boise, Idaho for your faith and dedication; The Suzanne Furstner Foundation and Iglesia de Cristo in Cusco for making our Christmas holiday possible.

    5) The 18 student and professional volunteers from around the world that contributed their talents to MU this year: Annie Matthews, Elisse, Lauryn, Ian, Linda, Lyndsey, Annie Cruickshank, Kelly, Sarah, Robbie, Laura, Chelsie, Suzan, Omar, Jocelyn, Cristina, Mireia and Nicole

    6) A new dedicated 6 member US Board of Directors based in Washington, a highly professional Board of Advisors and numerous great hearted volunteers who will be the backbone for Manos Unidas in 2014.

Special thanks to the Suzanne Furstner Foundation

Manos Unidas extends great thanks to the Suzanne Furstner Foundation for their generous grant during the month of December. The grant contributed to our Year End fundraising and allowed us to provide more than deserved salaries and bonuses to our dedicated staff.

About the foundation:

The Suzanne Furstner Foundation was established by UK-based language training company Cactus Worldwide in 2006. It was set up in memory of their much-loved friend and colleague, Suzanne, who they tragically lost in a road accident in Spain.

It is in her honour and memory that the Suzanne Furstner Foundation is dedicated - a project supporting language and educational training across the world, a subject close to her heart.

" We have chosen to invest in Manos Unidas as we believe this reflects many of Suzanne's passions and beliefs. We can just imagine her chatting away to the kids in Spanish, winning their hearts with her genuine warmth and trying to do what she could to help - which is exactly what we hope to do now, via the Foundation. "

http://www.cactustefl.com/about_us/suzanne_furstner_foundation/index.php

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One Child, One Life: How You can Help

One Child, One Life

I write today from Cusco, Peru, reflecting on the year with great gratitude for all our supporters. It all started with a vision to improve the lives of a few special individuals in order to live in a freer and just society. Thank you  for everything you have done to help make us successful. We have changed the lives of more than 130 children over the past 5 years.

Jimena is one of those children. She came to us at 3 years old, like a rag-doll. She suffers from severe seizures and spent most of her first years isolated in a dark room. Her mother was 15 when Jimena was born and spends 14 hours a day selling music CDs on the street. Over the last 4 years Jimena has learned to raise her head, is aware of her surroundings and the most astounding achievement: she has learned to smile and laugh. Jimena’s mom has become empowered with our support and has learned to value and care for her daughter. 

Jimena is a full scholarship student. Because of supporters like you we are able to provide affordable, and sometimes free, education to all of our students. Each family pays what they can and even the highest paid monthly tuition ($110) is less than half of the actual cost per child.

As we are in the midst of the holiday season most of us are fortunate to live the lives we desire. We are celebrating Peace, Joy and love and give to others. This holiday season consider supporting the children who have less fortunate opportunities as we do.

Gifts this Holiday will be a major contribution to our programs for 2014 and the vision we have for our children for years to come. Your gift, small or large, can make a huge impact in a small organization like ours.

Will you continue your support as we finish the year? Donation options are available on the Manos Unidas Donation Page. Tax deductible donations are available through our fiscal sponsor Quipunet.

  “I saw a growing school using a very small amount of money doing far more than we can imagine” –Paul Hirz, Manos Unidas Board President

We are sending you Peace, Joy and Love this season, traits to be shared all year long, and we are so grateful for you. We hope to hear from you.

Happy Holidays!

Celeste Marion
Co-Founder/Executive Director
Manos Unidas Peru

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"An Important Message from the Board"

Paul Hirz with MU team in Cusco, August 2013
“I saw a growing school using a very small amount of money doing far more than we can imagine” 
                                                    –Paul Hirz, Manos Unidas Board President

What separates us from being a “sweet project coming from the heart” and a “credible organization worthy of your support?” 

Here is one man’s answer, a man so convinced he agreed to be the president of our newly formed US board (and spent 15 hours on the floor of LAX airport on route to Peru to see it for himself!)

 “As Celeste shares stories of real kids getting an unexpected opportunity to improve their lives, let me insert a message from the newly formed MU Int’l board.

We all have a reason to be involved with kids with special needs; some have immediate or extended family experience  some are professionals teaching or serving, others just have a heart for young people and want them to have opportunity to be all they can be. We can hope the government will step in, but personal connections make the most impact.

As a small business counselor, as a past company connected foundation manager, and as someone thoroughly involved in international mission projects focused on children and education, I support organizations that meet very specific criteria:

  • A management team with strong leadership skills 
  • An organization that understands local needs and provides the best solutions 
  • An organization that manages their resources (money & people) with great care. 
  • And leadership that continually updates their strategy to change with the changing needs. 
I met Celeste some time ago, but really connected a couple years ago when she asked for help with organizational structure, non-profit management, and, of course, fundraising. We spent several hours designing and she went back to Cusco to implement and empower the local management team. 

This summer I had the privilege of visiting Manos Unidas in Cusco. I saw mothers leading their kids to school with a look of hope on their face. I saw quality teachers enjoying their work. I saw a management team that was motivated and confident. I saw a growing school using a very small amount of money doing far more than we can imagine. 

They deserve our support to prove how they can change lives and even make a small cultural change in an under served community. Please join the team!” 

                                                                                    Paul D. Hirz, 
                                                                                    President Manos Unidas International 

Thank you Paul for your sincere words and support. If you would like to make a donation to our Year End Campaign today, please see our DONATION PAGE for details. We are making great strides with great donors.