We cannot do this work alone.
Wherever we go, we seek out the networks of people who are already having a positive impact in the community. Partnering with local organizations and individuals multiplies our
The Comprehensive Health Project directly serves more than 2,200 community members in Villa Guadalupe, Nicaragua through nutrition interventions, family planning, reproductive health services, and preventative health education for children, youth, women and men. Project objectives include:
- Increased nutrition for 50 at-risk children under 5 identified as clinically malnourished, as well as expectant mothers, typically adolescents between the ages of 14 - 17, who have high-risk pregnancies.
- Access to family planning, reproductive and prenatal health services for 900 community members.
- Increased health through medical interventions, preventative health and sanitation education for 2,200 community members.
Since 2007, Austin Samaritans and MPI have partnered in Nicaragua to provide healthcare to the community of La Chureca, a community built on the outskirts of the largest open-air landfill in Central America. In 2013, the dump was closed and families were relocated to a housing development called Villa Guadalupe, which is home to 4,700 individuals who are either former residents of the La Chureca or victims of flooding. With Austin Samaritans’ support, MPI operates Clínica Médica MPI, also known as the Villa Guadalupe Health Clinic. Clínica Médica MPI provides primary care and OB-GYN specialist care to Villa Guadalupe, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Carlos Nunez and Los Martinez.
The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation (DHR) awarded Manna Project International (MPI) an $8,000 grant to purchase the El Farito Community Center, provide supplies to facilitate creative learning opportunities for 200 underserved children, and equip a primary healthcare clinic to meet the unique health and nutritional needs of children in Cedro Galán, Nicaragua. Previously the DHR Foundation also awarded Manna Project funding to expand our children's summer camp in Guatemala. Partnership with the DHR Foundation allows MPI to meet the ongoing health and educational needs of children and families in these communities.
The Education Global Access Program (E-Gap) is partnering with Manna Project International in Ecuador to implement courses in the community of Rumiloma. This pilot program is to benefit at-risk youth in the community. Students enrolled in the course learn computation and skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, and navigating the internet, all in the context of creating a mock small business. The curriculum, developed by E-Gap in 2014, relies on a series of web-quests which emphasize research, higher-order thinking, independent initiative, and teamwork. Students build confidence and learn the skills they need to succeed in business. At the completion of the course they enter into a 100-hour internship at a local business so they can apply their skills in a real-world setting, build their resumes, and establish connections with business owners so that they are better positioned to secure future employment in the formal market.
Lacrosse the Nations (LtN) unifies the lacrosse community to sustainably improve education and health while creating joy and opportunity for children in need. Lacrosse the Nations uses the sports field as a platform to teach students valuable life skills and health education, while ultimately bringing joy to their lives. In partnership with MPI, LtN reaches over 1,100 children and youth each year in the communities of Cedro Galán, Chiquilistagua, and Villa Guadalupe.
Since 2013, The SG Foundation and MPI have worked together to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for an estimated 3,260 Nicaraguans through The Health, Education and Livelihoods (HEAL) Project. The HEAL Project helps families and individuals to improve their situations in the midst of impoverished conditions. Together, we are responding to root problems that contribute to poverty – a lack of health care, insufficient education, and few opportunities to earn a wage equal to the cost of living.
USF Health and MPI are collaborating directly with the Cedro Galán community to improve overall health and well-being through access to the Cedro Galán Health Clinic. Our partnership creates an incredible opportunity for synergy and mission achievement for both organizations while directly benefiting the community. By participating in the project, USF Health will be able to employ a multidisciplinary approach to health challenges while addressing health disparities internationally. The partnership will also serve as an avenue through which students and faculty from multiple colleges at USF can collaborate and channel their knowledge, expertise, and passion to address the root problems affecting the community’s overall health.
Past Nicaragua Partners
Peace Corps Ecuador (U.S. government agency)
Unidad Educativa Dr. Telmo Hidalgo Diaz
Unidad Educativa JM Jijon Caamaño Y Flores
Cooperativa Esperanza y Progreso del Valle
Fundación Antorcha de Vida
Gotitas del Saber
Hogar de la Madre Soltera
Patronato de Municipo Rumñahui
Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE)
Asociación Soya de Nicaragua (SOYNICA)
Ministerio de Salud
Tesoros de Dios
Universidad Americana (UAM)
Colegio Alemán Nicaragüense
Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO)