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Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews 747

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2103 Emory Ave Unit 35 Simi Valley CA 93063 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known the school's founder, Brian Berman, for 5 years. I have also met his wife. If you are looking for honesty, integrity and a true ambition to help those who are in great need; you've come to the right place. I am proud to have contributed to this organization, and you will be to. Make the decision to support Project Manana and you will never regret it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The work done by this group in the Dominican Republic is fantastic. I participate with this group because of the direct link I have to the people I help. The money provided is used for specific projects within a targeted area and community in the Dominican Republic. I know where my money goes and the good it is doing in impacting families.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with Project Manana for 4 years now and I can whole heartedly say they operate with the highest integrity. PM first started out as a customer of mine, but after seeing the great work they are doing in the DR, I felt compelled to help.

I am not the type of person to write a check and hope it gets to the right place. I made an agreement with PM that the funds I raise through my company would go directly to a building project or fill another need that they had.

We have completed 2 projects to date. The first was buying a shipping container so they could store more non perishables. This would allow them to buy in bulk saving the school money and allowing them to feed more children. The second was buying 2 refrigerators & 2 freezers so each area of the school had room for fresh and frozen goods.

I have observed the founder Brian Berman from afar and know that my money will get to where it is needed most. He gave his life to help the people of DR and know that when you donate to this non profit, your money will be go to great use, not just overhead for the staff.

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Project mañana is a very special organization. The way they work with the children and families is truly amazing. I wish I could tell the whole world about the great work they have done.

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Project Manana is changing lives...This organization is doing an unbelievable job of giving children in the Dominican Republic a chance at education and even nutrition that they otherwise might not be afforded. My family is either currently sponsoring or co-sponsoring 6 children within the program and are so excited to see what they are accomplishing in such a short time as an organization.

If you have ever had the desire to sponsor a child and truly make a difference in their lives, I highly encourage you to consider Project Manana and start making a difference along side them today.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage all donors to tell others about this organization. The more donors, the more children being reached.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Brian Berman since 2010 when he first launched the Project Manana organization. I immediately fell in love with the organization and their mission. It has been such an honor and a blessing to be a part of such an incredible organization doing such wonderful things for needy children in the Dominican Republic.

I have been sponsoring a child through the organization for almost 3 years now and it has been the greatest gift. What makes Project Manana unique is that Brian allows each of the child sponsors to create a meaningful bond with their sponsored child instead of just being an “anonymous donor.” I had the pleasure of visiting my sponsored child in late 2012 and I am excited to be going back to the Dominican Republic to see her again in a couple of weeks!

The organization has always been very transparent with their financials. Unlike some organizations who merely just take your money each month, Project Manana shows you and tells you exactly where your dollars are going. The organization does not use any of its donated dollars to cover staff or overhead and everything goes towards providing for the children in the Dominican.

I am excited to see Project Manana continue to grow and expand as a nonprofit. I look forward to seeing their progress as they continue to share their message of compassion, love, and Christ with the people of the Dominican Republic.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I may sound somewhat partial and proud of Brian and you're right since I have known him his entire life.

There is nothing more wonderful a father can experience on earth then seeing his sons love for the Lord and children flourish into a blessing like Project Manana. Brian's love, compassion, and sensitivity for children has been a quality that he has had for as long as I can remember.

Last year I had the opportunity to spend a week and observe first hand how the children of Project Manana were being blessed with education and nutrition.

Watching Brian and his wife Carolina interact with the staff, children, and volunteers made my heart happy.

It is not often enough that we can enjoy the good works that our children do.

I for one am so blessed, proud, and thankful that God has chosen to use Brian in such a powerful way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a full time, bi-lingual administrator on staff that has a background in education and is able to make sure the operational needs of staff and children are being met. Someone to help Brian and Carolina when people come down from the states.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I first met Brian Berman in 2012 and his passion and exuberance for the work he is doing in the DR initially spiked my curiosity. The more I dug the more impressed I became with Project Manana so my wife and I began sponsoring a child shortly after. I was already pleased with my experience, but had the chance to visit the school in the DR earlier this year and was just blown away! It was amazing to see the impact that Project Manana is having in the lives of these children. Being able to visit the school and actually meet our sponsored child allowed me to see first hand what I had heard Brian speak so passionately about. We were able to witness the children being fed a healthy meal as well as get a very important education in the classroom. While those things are good and positive, it's not what impressed me the most. Seeing Brian, Nebraska, and the rest of the folks at the school interact with the children confirmed for me that Project Manana is the real deal. The love, care, and respect that is offered to these children is completely apparent the minute you step foot on campus. They genuinely care for the people they're ministering to and that will have an impact on the children for the rest of their lives.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first met Brian and Nebraska about a year ago. I didn't begin to sponsor a child immediately. I first got know the founders better. At length I've determined that their financial transparency and stewardship is beyond reproach. I do sponsor a child now and if the Lord provides I will sponsor more in the near future. The Christian education these children receive will not only save them, but their families and communities.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

"Upon returning from a recent trip to the Dominican Republic to visit the outreach project started by our nephew, Brian Berman and his wife Nebraska, my husband and I shared many thoughts and emotions.

We first learned about Project Mañana several years ago when Brian shared his vision, ideas, hopes and dreams for a non-profit to benefit impoverished children in the Dominican Republic during a family dinner. Fast forward five years...With his lovely wife Nebraska by his side, Project Mañana has recently completed its first year and lots of progress has been made at the school. We were impressed by their devotion to the plight of the Dominican people and humbled by Brian's boundless energy, big ambitions -- and an even bigger heart. He works tirelessly to better the future for himself and those whose lives he touches...his family, extended family and community; serving others with openness, honesty, devotion and resolve.

The goal of Project Mañana is to help break the self-perpetuating cycle of poverty through giving the children in their school the tools to carve out a better life path for themselves through a good education, better nutrition, solid Judeo-Christian values, self-discipline and lots of love and support.

We found the staff and children at the school happy, respectful and grateful to be there. We found the facility in need of materials, service and improvements to better meet the needs of the staff and students and want to be a part of making that possible.

A few months back, my husband and I agreed to sponsor a child through Project Mañana to help with their efforts to better the lives of the many children of the Dominican Republic being raised in abject poverty...victims of broken homes, malnutrition and poor to no education. We were immediately partnered with an adorable seven-year old student . Thanks to the system of donations and communications that Project Mañana has put in place we've made a personal connection with this child through the mail. While in the Dominican, we were surprised with an invitation to visit the students home, meet her family and give her the gifts we brought in person.

Overall, our recent visit to their school was heart breaking and heartwarming at the same time. We absolutely loved the experience and the work Project Mañana is doing. We also found the Dominican Republic to be a most welcoming country...filled with lush vegetation, gorgeous coastlines cradled by the Caribbean Sea, and inhabited by many colorful buildings and people.

My husband and I will do whatever we can to support the efforts of Project Mañana to educate and motivate all those beautiful children and teachers so that they may have a brighter future and a better life. Through our efforts we will support the good work of Project Mañana -- and hopefully make the world a little bit better place!"

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take on students slowly so you can effectively manage the organization with the love and care that you have to give without growing too big, too much and too fast.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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