Historical moment and wonderful memories made as Nora, our first volunteer from Mexico, visits China this Summer.
The Annual Volunteer Dinner in China brought the team together with inspirational stories and a bond that continues to get stronger each year.
Great time with Manos students and Senior Choir in Zhaung Tou Village. Seemed like the singing and dancing never stopped!
We’re pleased to share this Summer SnapShot with a few highlights from the last few months.
Students in China had the time of their lives on the SEE Program Awards Trip to Beijing. New sights and sounds, new experiences helping our students see more, learn more, grow more!
Manos' Model Travel Cultural Education Program 2016-2017
The Model Travel Cultural Education Program 2016-2017 took Manos kids at the Mexico and China sites to far-off places. This past program year we studied Japan, Finland, United Arab Emirates, and Cambodia--bringing the world to Manos Community Centers and inspiring children to learn more, grow more, and progress!
A Truly Magical Halloween
Halloween festivities at the Manos Mexico site are always magical!
Kids, Volunteers, and Senior Choir Shine at Awards Ceremony & Olympics Camps
The program year came to a close with an awards ceremony and Olympics themed Camp, where the Senior Choir also took part in the fun!
Renovations Continue at Manos Sites
In China, a new draw-down door, windows and a little paint makes such a difference. In Mexico, a new roof, lighting, and more are underway thanks to amazing support!
Around the World with Manos
The 2015/16 Cultural Education Model Travel Program took children on a "trip to Guatemala," the land of the volcanoes, Giant Kites, and delicious "tres leches" cake! The program soon transformed Manos community centers into Iceland, a land rich with beautiful waterfalls and a Viking history! As Spring rolled around, children and volunteers experienced Switzerland and South Korea, filled with culture and good food! From cheese and chocolate fondu to hosting their very own Korean barb-b-cue.
Manos Volunteers Abroad
Manos Volunteers continue to expand their horizons through their own travel, bringing remarkable experiences to the communities we serve. Manos Mexico welcomed visits from China's team of Volunteers: Avivi Li and Mandy Zhang , as well as from Board Members Ally Huang, Coco Gao (and her son David), Melinda Ruby, Patty Barry, Ozzie Martinez, and Joseph Bertot.
A Dream Come True as former Manos students, turned dedicated volunteers are the first Manos Mexico volunteers to travel abroad! Here they are pictured in 2002 and now in 2016, visiting the US! What they are bring back to share with Manos kids and programs is truly A DREAM COME TRUE!
Community Centers transform into Romania
In March 2015, students learned all about Romania, including fascinating facts about the historical Romanian leader, Count Dracula! Indeed, this year's Cultural Education Program was one to remember as Centers turned into castles filled with great food, musical performances, and historical characters. Thank You all who had a part in making this happen! Bringing the world to children of poor remote areas! Thank You!
Manos Olympics Camp, always FUN!
In May, Manos' Annual Olympics Camp was a great way to celebrate all four countries studied in the Cultural Education Program, filled with competition, games, team-work, trophies, and lots of FUN!
Mini-City Field-Trip Sparks Imagination
In June, little ones at the Manos Mexico site were rewarded for their attendance, show of responsibility and achievements in the Cultural Education Program with a field trip to Mini City! Imagination was sparked as they explored places and professions in this make believe world.
Tradition Alive with the Lantern Festival
Students in China filled the Community Center and village with colors as they celebrated a traditional Lantern Festival.
Student Educational Experience (SEE) Truly International
This year's SEE Program was another unforgettable experience for 12 top students awarded with a trip to their nation's capital city, Beijing. Thanks to amazing supporters who helped sponsor students and provide one of the most enriching SEE trips we've ever had, students got to visit key sites in Beijing, including the Great Wall of China. THANK YOU supporters for sharing the "Summer Love." Click here to view our supporters http://www.manosintl.org/see-program.htm. Special thanks to Caravan restaurant owner Badr Benjelloun who provided Manos students and volunteers with a delicious Moroccan feast, and made Capoeira class possible for SEE students. THANK YOU ALL!
Summer Isn't over!
The annual field-trip to the Water Park brought tons of childhood memories as Summer 2015 ended with a splash for kids at the Manos Mexico site.
New Year's Gala Unites Village thru Song & Dance
Our Annual New Year's Gala in China brought the entire village together, uniting generations through music and dance.
What an event!
Celebrating Turkey with Delicious Food & Turkish Coffee
Did you know Istanbul is the only city in the world on two continents? Have you ever tasted Turkish coffee? Over four weeks children at Community Centers in Mexico and China studied Turkey. The Cultural Party was one to remember with belly dancing performances, delicious food and the experience of a quaint little coffee shop!
The Gift of Giving & Christmas in China
The Holidays were made extra special this past December thanks to supporters old and new who found it in their hearts to share the gift of giving with Manos children in poor remote areas. Jan Ruby made a special donation to help bring Christmas to China sites. Pingshan village had a special visit from Santa Claus this year. The Making Memories Fund also helped make the holidays extra special, and specially made gifts from A Child's Place were given to students and volunteers at the Manos Mexico site. What a truly memorable Season of Giving. Thank You all!