|Paul Hirz with MU team in Cusco, August 2013|
–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.