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Causes: International, International Development

Mission: Project Mañana is a charity organization working in the Dominican Republic to share the gospel and break the cycle of poverty by investing in impoverished children, their families and communities through clean water, nutrition, education, and discipling projects.

Target demographics: impoverished children and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 245 children and their families

Geographic areas served: Santiago, Dominican Republic

Programs: Project Mañana has acquired land and has constructed a school facility for extremely impoverished children. It has also acquired a vehicle for use in its mission; transporting volunteers, children and families. Short-team mission teams help to achieve the organization goals.

benevolence and prison reform activities - Project Mañana's Institiute for Authentic Manhood(tm) has graduated more than 1,600 inmates; who have learned to treat their family and society with a loving heart. Project manana formed the leadership team and has begun preparations to launch an evengelical church(called center point christian church) in san pablo, dominican republic to serve the needs of the local community.

education activities - project manana currently provides a private education to 65 impoverished elementary age children.

nutrition activities - project manana currently provides a nutritious meal to 150+ impoverished children, five days per week. Project maana launched a clean water project in 2013 and now has provided water filtration systems to 120 extremely impoverished families; providing 6. 6 million gallons of water annually. The goal is to distribute 300 water filtration systems to extremely impoverished families by the end of 2015.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

A true heart for the kingdom of God! The work these people are doing in the lives of the people in the Dominican is amazing! So happy to serve this ministry and help them make a difference in the name of Jesus!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our church has supported Project Manana over the last three years. We have sent multiple service teams to visit and come alongside the work of alleviating poverty and bringing hope to children and families in their surrounding impoverished communities. We have also sent summer interns in both 2018 & 2019 who spend 5 weeks working within their organization. Project Manana has worked with a high level of excellence and accountability throughout our partnership. Their communication and reporting have been above and beyond excellent. Brian Berman and his staff are making an incredible impact in the Dominican Republic. From establishing schools, after school and nutrition programs, prison outreach and clean water initiatives, Project Manana is making a wholistic and lasting difference.

-Brian Field, Missions Pastor, Calvary Community Church

1 Allan M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Brian and Nebraska are truly caring people that are making the world a better place. I am happy to send my Charity dollars to them as I know that they will act as great stewards of the donation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Brain and Nebraska and the many others do so many wonderful things to better and enrich the lives of so many. From basic human needs, to basic nutrition to education, this charity is truly changing lives.

1 McKenna S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a mission trip this last year and it was an absolutely amazing experience. After that single week with Project Mañana, I met the child I now sponsor, and continually give to the work they do in their communities. It's amazing to see the children and adults that they impact with all the work they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I partnered with Project Manana on a mission trip. There is nothing like seeing in person the great works they are doing. They gave our group such a warm welcome and really took time to explain how Project Manana was formed, what they have accomplished so far, and their plans for the future. When asked if I could sum up my trip in one word, I chose “community “. We walked the streets of the Dominican Republic and became part of their community. And Project Manana became family. What a life changing experience. This organization has the love of God within them as confirmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Keep up the good work Project Manana and I’m praying to see you again next year.

2 Josh M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Mañana is an amazing non-profit focused firstly on helping those who need it the most in the Dominican Republic by providing food, education, clean water, and much more. They also help serve in prisons to provide support and love. Secondly, they provide fantastic opportunities for students and adults to go and serve, allowing them to grow as individuals and as a team. I’ve been blessed to be able to go twice, and the progress that I’ve seen them make between my first trip and my second was incredible. Everything that they are given goes straight to helping those they serve. I look forward to going back again in the future to see how they continue to grow and help those around them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Mañana is a fantastic organization that really cares about the community they serve.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We experienced Project Manana in October of 2020. We were amazed at the dedication and progress that has taken place there in 9 years. The staff are amazing in so many ways as they reach out to this community. We were impressed with how God has directed them to serve in the little village to provide food, shelter, schooling, and church services to name just a few outreach programs. This Project Manana works 24/7 to make sure this delightful community are loved and their needs are provided for. We can’t wait to come back soon to serve along side them to further the kingdom of our loving God!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic and see the work that Project Manana is doing firsthand! It was a blessing to see them working closely and compassionately with the communities that they serve in order to make lasting change.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've known Brian for years and have happily supported this great charity he began. Project Mañana has grown to be so much more than the small school it was when it started. It's many projects reach untold Dominicans making their lives better in so many ways.

This is our favorite charity. My children and I have done fundraisers at their school and we currently support 5 children.

You will not find a better, more deserving small charity.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They help kids have the opportunity to a better life and for them to achieve their goals. This organization is an absolute blessing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Mañana serves a vulnerable population by providing needs such as clean water, nutritious food, and high-quality education. They also do a fantastic job at employing local citizens so that the community is sustained. As a volunteer for many years, I can't imagine another nonprofit that serves its community as this one does!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have worked with Project Manana for a year now. I have been very impressed with the management and compassion that they exhibit toward the children and prisoners that we witnessed. We were so impressed that we now sponsor a child.

2 Amy Bogard A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Mañana is top -notch. Caring, compassionate, transparent, and trust-worthy.

1 willburrows

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with Project Mañana over the past year in my role as our church's missions pastor. This organization is an absolute joy to partner with, both in organizing short-term mission trips and in experiencing long-term Gospel advancement. The leadership at PM absolutely raises the bar in their commitment not only to their own ministry, but in aiding other ministries whenever and however possible. If you have the privilege of sitting down with their leadership team for 5 minutes, you'll find yourself refreshed, encouraged, and challenged by their approach.

1 Richard R.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have met with Project Manana, they are really getting things done in the DR and using their resources wisely to expand God's kingdom.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My friends moved their family to work as missionaries with Project Manana at the beginning of 2019. The frequent updates they share about education provided to the children, meal kits to help whole families survive through Covid 19, clean water efforts, baptism and sharing Christian fellowship with the community and those imprisoned are so inspiring! The mission is constantly thinking of ways to help the impoverished around them. Project Manana is deeply embedded in their community, providing them with a better life today and hope for the futures of the younger generation. I am proud to be a donor for this organization!

1 Richard E.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Have personally visited Project Manana and found it to be outstanding. Everyone Knowns Brian and sings his praises.
The prison program is also outstanding and supported at the highest government levels.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Chapel at the Beach vetted Project Manana and have been funding Project Manana ever since we met with Brian over 4 years ago. When I visited Project Manana I met with Brian and he took a group of men on a tour of the La Vega Prison n to show us how great the Quest for Manhood was working in the prison. The work Brian is doing is a great reflection of his obedience to God.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been able to witness this ministry in person and know that it is led professionally and with love.

1 Carolyn S.6

Donor

Rating: 5

This ministry is run with the heart of Jesus. The staff is dedicated and hardworking and the leadership is marked with integrity and transparency, as well as collaboration with partner organizations. They are visionary - always keeping their eyes open for new opportunities to serve the communities where they work.

1 erinday25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization who cares and is invested in not only the communities they serve but also in the Dominican Republic.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had to honor of going to the DR for the first time with Project Manana in 2013 and have come back year after year to serve alongside the wonderful people of the DR and Project Manana. I have grown to love the communities they work in every day and call the DR my second home. Project Manana has created Christ centered organization that flows through the local church to change and touch lives of so many. So honored to be partners with this ministry and to call them friends.

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1 Trent P.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Of all of the charities that I've supported through the years - PM is the most return for my "investment." I was so impressed with the opportunity that when I had the chance to sit on the board, I jumped at it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was very impressed with Project Manana's careful use of the resources which are donated and how well they are managed. My family, friends and business sponsor children and that was a direct result of the quality of the PM program and financial responsbility

1 Gabriel C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such an incredible experience going on mission with Project Mañana. They are so hospitable to guests and so outward focused toward the community

1 Dana Dierkens S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Manana is a great organization that helps underprivileged children! I feel sure that the money we donate is going to a great cause that will change these children's lives!

1 Jessi N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church heard about the work that Project Manana is doing in the Dominican Republic to change the lives of hurting people! What sparked our interest most is the presence Project Manana has within all the jail/prison facilities on the Island! Our church is taking a trip to visit Project Manana first hand on the field to see exactly how they do what they do! Project Manana has been so gracious and accommodating in the planning of our trip to serve with them! We are excited to learn more about the ministry they have been called to!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to Project Manana for many years, at different levels and for different purposes... When I help support an individual child I get the satisfaction of personal letters and notes from the children and keeping up to date on their lives and progress. I have also contributed to specific projects and had the great satisfaction of seeing labs, buildings, water and other projects being started, developed and completed. This is the most satisfying and transparent charity I have ever had the pleasure to donate to.

1 Joan Pilar P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Manana is one of the best organizations for people interested in missions and making a difference! We have been part of this organization for 7 years and they are like family. From the minute you arrive to you leave you are cared for, fed and ministered to. The children you sponsor know you and look forward to you coming to visit because the team at PM bridges the connection. They are very up front on expenditures and are not like many ministries always asking for funds and not seeing where it is going.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Above board, honest, caring. Love the transparency of this ministry.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a nonprofit organization that is operated by God loving people who love children and the Dominican communities. I know these people and have been there and have seen what they have accomplished. Every dollar donated directly helps these children. This is a way they glorify God through their works.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

After visiting Project Mañana several times in the past few years, each time I am more impressed with what they are doing in poor communities, prison ministry, and education.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful. I had the opportunity last year to join a mission trip and see all the great things that they are accomplishing.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been to Dominion Republic and visited the school and villages. I also went to the La vega prison with Brian and witnessed the outstanding work he is doing with Quest for manhood in the prison system.

2 Michael L.8

Donor

Rating: 5

Does such great work for a very under-served population

2 Tim A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit that is making a huge positive impact in the Dominican Republic. I have seen first hand the lives they have changed!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Manana is doing fabulous work to aid the underprivileged in the Dominican Republic. They use the funds wisely and their transparency is impeccable.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Mañana is making a major difference in Santo Domingo. They have an amazing vision and execution for felt needs and are amazing to work with.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The programs and continued work of education, mentoring, meals, shelter, support, and comfort are the ideals needed for a project like this. They have been doing this many years through many difficult times showing a wonderful love of the people. God's blessings to Project Manama always.

3 Chris M.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have visited Project Mañana in the Dominican Republic, going inside the prisons, touring their classrooms, observing their clean water initiatives and it is a very indigenous work that holistically meets the physical, structural, spiritual and educational needs of the people. The staff is hard working and dedicated to the mission and each person models the goals of the organization. Investing in this work is a no-brainer; the ROI is through the roof!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife visited Project Manana in the Dominican Republic and was truly impressed by this ministry. The school, the food plans, and the outreach with the clean water ministry has an incredible impact on the surrounding communities. When my wife got back to the states, we decided to sponsor a child through Project Manana and have been doing so for over a year now. We enjoy see updates on Project Manana's Facebook page and have actually received letters from the child's mother that we are sponsoring. I wish all organizations could be as transparent and impactful as Project Manana! - Jeremy Townsley from Cincinnati, Ohio

3 Amanda R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Manana is great organization that is making a difference in children's lives.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

It is amazing the work that they do in the community. I personally support Matt and get to hear the struggles and successes that accompany this work and I'm always impressed with the resilience when things don't go right and the love that he shows for the young men in his program. They are doing a great tough work and I'm blessed to be able to be a part of it by supporting them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Did a short term mission trip over the summer. It was a wonderful experience. Brian and the whole Project Mañana staff were terrific. They are doing great things in the DR.

3 Kandi M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked on mission projects two years in a row with Project Manana. I have seen the growth in their nutrition center and school along with other services to help the people of Dominican Republic. I highly recommend supporting this organization and will continue working with them.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The newsletters are very informative and let us know what is happening currently in the ministry.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been contributing funds to Project Manana from its very beginning. We know that this money goes directly toward providing meals and an education to specific children. More importantly these children are learning about how much Jesus loves them. Project Manana also provides work opportunities to a small number of local adults from the same community. They are candid about their financial goals and expenses and are wise stewards of the funds provided to them. We have met Brian personally and his enthusiasm and passion for the people he serves and the projects that benefit them is contagious! We hope to eventually be able to travel there sometime to participate in a mission trip.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Manana is a project that helps so many ways in Dominican Republic. It has built a school from the ground up in one of the poorest areas in Dominican Republic. It helped cut the illness of the children in the same are by providing donated money water purification equipment for each student's home. It has cut the return rate of people sent to prison by teaching a class for men and women how to be a proper mother and father. It is a great organization and works hard to provide help to the communities of Dominican Republic. I visited there a few years ago and saw the amazing work they do.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very giving and caring organization. Devoted to the emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth of the children and community of San Pablo.
Highly recommend.

3 mcrupi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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2 Jeremy29

Donor

Rating: 5

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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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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1 Kim_82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"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!"

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Manana is a focused, non-profit organization founded by Brian Berman and his wife. They have an incredible story themselves and it is with that passion they move tirelessly to obtain more sponsors for the needy children of the Dominican. It does not stop there, mission trip, fund raisers, speaking events etc.
My husband and I have been lucky enough to paticipate in many of those events. We also are sponsors of a young guy who when we started was in pre-primary school and is now in second grade. We are updated on his school progress reports, we receive cards at holidays, and annual school picture.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Mañana is a fantastic nonprofit that allowed me to go on a trip to the Dominican Republic, and are letting me again this year, which I am extremely excited about, they take care of their missionaries while they are there and keep them very safe. I also help sponsor a child and it is amazing to be able to go and meet the children in person, and do things like give them hearty meals and play with them, Project Mañana should be what other nonprofits strive to be.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Manana is how nonprofits should run. Period.

They clearly state the need, show it to you, layout how they help and their plans (both macro and micro) and how you as a donor can play into that.
Their financial needs are small. Money you donate really goes to those in need, not to paychecks of organizations. They are very transparent with their financials.

In the end, this is charity right? We do what we do to help others.
Project Manana is exactly that. Helping others out of love and compassion. Sharing the love they have received through Christ in a tangible way to those who know neither.

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